MET Meeting in Madrid

banner METM14A quick heads-up about the 10th MET meeting in El Escorial (Madrid) on 30 October-1 November.  The emphasis at MET meetings is on sharing knowledge and expertise among editors and translators who work into or with English. This year the theme is “Innovation and tradition: mining the human resource”. Read more…

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The dangers of blogging

Toolbox logoI’m a keen reader of Jost Zetzsche’s monthly Tool Box Journal, a newsletter for translators about techie developments in the industry. Jost usually starts with a reflection on a translation-related topic. In August, he wrote a particularly incisive piece called Blazing Trails That Never End, about technically adept translators who reach a certain level of competence and then rest on their laurels, confident that there is no room for improvement. Read more…

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SDL Trados Studio and memoQ: side by side

memoQ_studio iconsThis year, I’ve revisited memoQ. I sounded it out four years ago (memoQ 4.5) but missed so many Studio features that I didn’t persevere. Fast forward to 2014. I’ve worked with memoQ quite intensively for six months now, first because an agency has been sending me on-line projects and later because I was really rather enjoying it. My impression? memoQ is now a mature product. Read more…

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MedTranslate Conference October 2014

Freiburg, MartinstorMedTranslate, an international conference for medical & pharma translation professionals, will be held on 4-5 October 2014 in Freiburg, Germany. It’s being organised by The Alexandria Project and GxP Language Services. Here’s a selection of the presentations, workshops and other reasons why I’m going to the conference. Read more…

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Translating medical case reports into English: terms, templates and tenses

case reportA case report is a narrative that describes, for medical, scientific, or educational purposes, a medical problem experienced by one or more patients.1 Translating a case report sounds straightforward. But is it? This blog post stems from a recent project in which I reviewed several case reports translated from Spanish to English. Read more…

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Looking for pirated Trados?

Pirated softwareI was at a translation event recently and met a translator who ran an agency. We had a brief chat about language pairs and rates, and then to my surprise, the translator said he’d just got hold of a new OCR tool and offered to send me a copy. Gathering momentum, he proudly announced that all his software was pirated: Windows, Office, Trados and all.  After all, he said, why should he spend money on software if he could get it free? Read more…

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SDL Trados Studio 2014: shortcuts and the ribbon

SDL Trados Studio 2014: the ribbonI’m posting this article for two reasons. First, I wanted to update the post I wrote last September on shortcuts, because Studio 2014 has been released since then. Second, I wrote a brief summary about the Ribbon for beginners and I wanted to expand on it from an advanced user’s point of view. Read more…

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