Category Archives: Translation
All-round Translator Events is up and running! A spontaneous idea to do something new in the translation industry has transformed into a platform for continuous professional development for translators.
What is ART?
Last year together with Ellen Singer from AzTech Solutions we organised the first All-round Translator meeting in Delft (Netherlands). The event included three sessions focused on business skills, followed by a city tour and a dinner to give the attendees more opportunities for networking and exchanging their ideas. A one-off event quickly turned into an annual ART day. Then more ideas emerged and now we’ve complemented our annual event with quarterly four-hour workshops on a specialisation within translation.… read more
A unique app with great design won’t be enough to earn top spot in the app stores. To make your users around the world happy and loyal to your products, you’ll need to adjust the user interface to your target market. Below you can find 3 steps that will help you on the way to your multilingual app.
1. Make your app store description irresistible
No matter how great your app is, it will be useless if no one gets to see it. One way to achieve a high number of downloads is to make sure your mobile app description captivates your users.… read more
You don’t need special powers or magic rings to localise websites or games. There are other ways to remain invisible and exceptional. To make sure that products localised by you are fully aligned with the expectations of the target users you will need a mixture of technical, cultural and language skills that will help you avoid hidden traps and pitfalls.
Your special powers
A typical localisation project might be full of challenges, especially if you’re making your first steps in the localisation world. From tricky source files, through strict character restrictions to complex graphics – there are many traps and dangers awaiting the unwary translator.… read more
Website translation and localisation might be full of challenges, serious dangers and hidden traps. Nothing prepares better for this adventure than years of experience, but new translators or those who want to specialise in localisation can learn the tricks of the trade on courses or webinars. A good example of such a course is the Introduction to Website Localisation that has just been published on eCPD.
What’s in it for me?
If you’re a translator and want to take the first steps in localisation, this course will help you understand the ins and outs of website localisation. In 42 lectures I’ll take you on a journey through the website localisation process, cultural adaptation, digital genres, localisation of graphics and localisation testing.… read more
The recipe is simple: gather local translators, add speakers from outside of the industry and sprinkle with a bit of fun, networking, and sightseeing.
The outcome is simple too: a low-profile event that helps translators run their businesses more efficiently. A small group smooths communication and interaction between speakers and attendees, which means you can learn even more! And once you’re ready and inspired to put the valuable tips into practice and improve your business and marketing, we make sure you can sit back and enjoy the surroundings.… read more
The summer is over and it’s time to get back to work. I hope you’ve rested up and recharged your batteries to face new challenges, grasp wonderful opportunities and prepare for more achievements. If you’re among those who come back to work with tons of energy and thirst for knowledge, especially in the area of localisation, you might be interested in the introductory course on website localisation. This is what I’ve been working on for the whole summer. The course is now ready and available via Alexandria Library, so take a look at it, if you feel like starting a new adventure with website localisation. … read more
Great news! Beyond the Words has been nominated to the Top Language Lovers competition in the category of Language Professional Blogs. The voting phase is open now and you can cast your vote here.
Other categories in the competition include: Language Learning Blogs, Language Facebook Pages, Language Twitter Accounts and Language YouTube channels. Have a look at these great resources and pick your favourites. Remember that you can vote for more than one page or blog. So, if you enjoy the articles published here, don’t forget to click on the Beyond the Words as well!
Last year, only a few months after launching the blog, Beyond the Words was nominated too and ranked 18 among 100 other great professional language blogs.… read more
Once you’ve fully translated and localised a website, it’s time to smooth it out. Careful verification will help you detect any issues that would limit readability or functionality. And that’s where linguistic, cosmetic and functional testing comes it.
As a website translator, you might be also commissioned with one of the tests. In most cases, you’ll be carrying out the first two types, and the functional test would be left for the localisation engineer or for the IT department. However, if you’re a dab hand at coding or website development, you can carry out the functionality test, as well. I will look into it in another blog post.… read more
As pointed out in the last episode of ‘How to translate websites’ on pictures and images, translation of websites is usually one of many steps in the website localisation process. Let’s have a look now at another important component: cultural adaptation.
How: visuals and language
Cultural adaptation of websites isn’t limited to colours, graphics, date or number format. It’s much more than that. First, you’ll need to know how the target users navigate websites: what is their main focus? Where do they look first? Would they search for the contact data in the main upper menu or at the bottom in the footer?… read more
Let’s have a look at the big picture. Websites are usually translated as part of the localisation process, which means that the text is just one of many items to consider. The layout, technical aspects, cultural references and visuals are all equally important and will have to be adapted to the target audience. So, how to deal with graphics when you localise or translate a website?
Worth a thousand words
Graphics and pictures are the key elements on every website. An average website visit lasts less than one minute, but the users need only 10 seconds to decide whether to stay on the page or not.… read more