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The Pro Translator’s Checklist, Part 2

This is the second part of the (grossly oversimplified) list of DO’s and DON’T’s that should always be followed by a professional translator when taking on a project, and through his or her day-to-day dealings. As previously stated, some of these may seem quite obvious –even for a beginner – but many translators seem to […]

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The Pro Translator’s Checklist, Part 1

This is the first part of a list of ten DO’s that a professional translator should always remember when taking on a project. Some of these may seem quite obvious –even for a beginner – but many translators either forget or don’t bother to think to follow them in the first place. 1. Always remember […]

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Rare Languages & Language Pairs

There are currently 6,069 known “living” languages in the world. Some languages, like English, are extremely common and can be heard anywhere on Earth. Some languages, on the other hand, are much rarer and virtually unknown outside their respective places of origin. Naturally, the more common a language is, the more translators you will be […]

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Literary translator: a sad profession

  The world of translation has changed more in the last 15 years than in the previous five centuries. When I had my first notions about what the profession of translation entailed, the first image that came to my mind was that of a writer working extremely carefully in a quiet room, striving to find […]

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Living in a Glass Cage of Emotion Or What the World Would be like Without Language !

Imagine a world without language. You wake up in the morning and glance at your clock, only it’s blank. The numbers are gone. The only thing you have to inform you of the time is the position of the sun in the sky. You fumble around in the dark (because electricity would no longer exist), […]

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Translation: Science or Art?

  Translation is the interpreting of the meaning of a text and the subsequent production of an equivalent text, likewise called a “translation,” that communicates the same message in another language. The quote above was copied from Wikipedia, and I feel that it explains perfectly the meaning of what this so-called science is. I especially […]

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LOCALIZING TEXT STRINGS ON IPHONE: THE SIMPLE WAY

Localization of text strings on iPhone is certainly one of the easier things to handle when working on a game or application. Everything you need is already provided with the iPhone SDK. However, as you have to use specific functions for localizable texts, you would be well inspired to learn about localization techniques for handling […]