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Language Watch 3: Juma, the Amazon

February 26, 2021 / by Andrew Morris posted in translation, language industry, translation history, language digitisation initiative, indigenous languages, translation commons

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Take a few minutes to look at the video and take in the sights and sounds of a way of life threatened by extinction. This is the Juma culture in Brazil’s Amazon region. The language, also known as Juma, is a dialect of Kagwahiva, a branch of the Tupii Guaraani family of Amazonian languages. Juma and its phonetics were studied by American missionaries Arne and Joyce Abrahamson, from the Summer Institute of Linguistics in the 1970s.

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Changing Places 1: Paul Urwin – from England to Colombia

February 22, 2021 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, translator, ProZ.com, changing places

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As we’ll see throughout this series, life can take us on some strange journeys from where we started out to where we end up. In the case of Paul Urwin, who was born and grew up in the sleepy Somerset town of Street, (main claim to fame: it’s home to Clarks, the famous British footwear brand), a number of decisions and chance encounters led him to the life he now leads in Bogotá, Colombia, fluent in Spanish, a happy husband and father, and of course Head of Training at ProZ.com.

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Language Watch 2: Nanai

February 19, 2021 / by Andrew Morris posted in translation, language industry, translation history, language digitisation initiative, indigenous languages, translation commons

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Once again, begin by closing your eyes and listening to the haunting tones of this song.

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Join Elia's Together event with a special discount for the ProZ.com community

February 18, 2021 / by Rocio Palacios posted in freelancer, training, translation events, conference, networking, events, ProZ.com membership

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Together is an annual two-day event from Elia, the European Language Industry Association, where language service companies and independent professionals convene for open dialogue on industry trends, to learn mutually-relevant new approaches, to update technical skills and, ultimately, develop lasting relationships to serve our end clients better. 

With Together 2021 taking place on February 24-26, there are many reasons to join, from excellent networking opportunities to gaining a new perspective on the industry. One of the most compelling reasons to not miss out is the carefully crafted programme, which covers all the topics you want to know more about.

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Business Member Spotlight: GTE Localize

February 17, 2021 / by Rocío Tempone posted in translation company, business membership, ProZ.com, business page, translation agency, LSP, business member spotlight

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GTE Localize’s Journey

GTE Localize is a regional language vendor focusing on Southeast Asian languages. In 2017, it was founded in Hanoi, Vietnam with the sole focus on the Vietnamese language in which they have a huge competitive edge of culture understanding and reasonable high-quality resources.

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How the overpayment scam works on freelancers

February 16, 2021 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, translator, jobs, payments, Blue Board, language industry, risk management

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The overpayment scam may be the most active scam affecting online freelancers. This scheme is very simple, and many are entrapped with it.

You are offered a job with part of the payment coming in advance, but the scammer sends you a larger than agreed upon payment and asks for a partial refund. Or, a payment is made in advance and then the project is unexpectedly canceled.

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Translation Postcards: Ezliana Zainal Abidin in Mallorca, Spain

February 15, 2021 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, translator, translation postcards

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Long before it became a package-holiday destination, or the darling of the low-cost weekend-break generation, the island of Mallorca was known as a favourite summer getaway for royalty, as well as a splendid refuge for artists, writers and musicians in search of inspiration. Golden and turquoise coastlines, magnificent mountain views and rolling hills dotted with vineyards, almond, olive and citrus groves. Away from the glamour of the beaches, the rural backwaters are full of orange trees and donkeys, small villages and traditional ways of life, folk traditions and religious feast days, bonfires and dancing demons, all under clear Mediterranean skies…

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Winners for "Alien first impressions" translation contest

February 12, 2021 / by Julieta Llamazares posted in translation contests

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Another ProZ.com translation contest has come to an end, and we finally know who the winners of "Alien first impressions" are in the following language pairs:

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Language Watch: Griko

February 11, 2021 / by Andrew Morris posted in translation, language industry, translation history, language digitisation initiative, indigenous languages, translation commons

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In future, our Thursday morning posts, as mentioned last week, will be dedicated to minority and endangered languages throughout the world, helping raise awareness of this vital area of the work of Translation Commons, and simply enhancing our knowledge of a linguistic diversity that’s often hidden from view.

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Strategies to stand out on freelancer websites

February 9, 2021 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, profile

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There are millions of freelancers out there, and over 1 million registered at ProZ.com, likely with thousands within your language pairs; how can you compete? One of the top methods successful freelancers use to create a viable business is by creating a standout profile on freelancer websites. 

How do they do this? Here are some strategies for standing out from the crowd.

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Translation Postcards: Natalia Slipenko in Kyiv, Ukraine

February 8, 2021 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, translator, translation postcards

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Let’s start with a pronunciation lesson: it’s Kyiv (rhymes with peeve), not Kee-eff. Got it? At least that’s what your modern internationalist in the know says. Problem is, not many people are in the know when it comes to Ukraine. From the media we might glean snippets about wars, orange-coloured revolutions, and political turmoil, not to mention the infamy of Chernobyl. And yes, there’s a territorial war with Russia going on as we speak in the East of the country. But that’s a long way from Kyiv, a vibrant city with a great deal to offer, and where everyone’s in a hurry, whether in bright summer sunshine or crunching over a thick layer of snow.

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Language Digitisation Initiative: making indigenous languages readable and writeable in onscreen format

February 5, 2021 / by Andrew Morris posted in translation, language industry, translation history, language digitisation initiative, indigenous languages, translation commons

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ProZ.com is in a partnership with Translation Commons to promote and support their important campaigns.

One of the most impressive of those campaigns is the LDI, or Language Digitisation Initiative, which works towards making indigenous languages readable and writeable in onscreen format.

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Students can be freelancers too

February 2, 2021 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, jobs, students

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Are you a student looking for a way to earn money while you go to school? Many students choose to take on a part-time job or paid internship. It is important to ask, besides money, are you actually gaining anything? Often, part-time jobs have nothing to do with your degree, and internships just mean endless grunt work. There is a different option; you can work as a freelancer.

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Translation Postcards: Retno Damajanti in Bali, Indonesia

February 1, 2021 / by Andrew Morris posted in translator, translation, translation postcards

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The air is heady with incense. Wherever you look there are colourful offerings – in the middle of a busy street, on the pavement, in little shrines in front of houses, in paddy fields, on the beach and of course at the feet of statues. Dressed in traditional lace tops, multi-coloured sashes and sarongs, women bear these offerings on trays – sometimes even riding a motorbike at the same time. Amid these timeless scenes, the sound of Hindu chanting alternates with the Muslim call to prayer floating in the air.

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Global Voices 1: Osman A. Osman, English and Somali interpreter, Kenya

January 28, 2021 / by Andrew Morris posted in interpreter, ProZ.com Interpreter Network, interpreting, Global Voices

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The country where you were born and bred and spent your first 11 years implodes into civil war, with warlords running riot, and militia groups vying for domination of the capital Mogadishu. Ongoing armed conflict, insecurity, lack of state protection, and recurring humanitarian crises expose your fellow-Somali civilians to serious abuse, resulting in millions of internally displaced people, with many living unassisted and vulnerable. As a family, there aren’t that many choices open to you, if all you want is a quiet life, and a chance to educate your children.

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