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Machine Translation and the Future of Translation

There is a saying that has been going around the translation industry for the past few decades: “Machine translation is between 5 and 50 years away from perfection”. Although this is clearly a bit sarcastic and cynical, it also makes very good sense. Compared with the machine translations of 10, 20, or 30 years ago, […]

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Localizing the Fantasy: A Look Inside the Video Game Localization Process

Localization. One of those words that gets thrown around all the time in the gaming world. Games aren’t translated, per say, they’re localized. Yes, this does, of course, include translation, but it also comprises numerous things that gamers playing a freshly localized copy of Death Zombie 89 or Free Fantawilly would never realize. Admittedly, many […]

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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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10 Tips For Beginner Translators

  This article will provide some brief tips for those of you who want to start a career as a translator. 90% of the people who work as professional translators have never attended a single class relating to translation in their entire lives. Most of the 700,000 translators all over the world are in one […]