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Global Voices 3: Carlos Kwengwe in Brazil

April 12, 2021 / by Andrew Morris posted in interpreter, ProZ.com Interpreter Network, interpreting, Global Voices

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So how does a man born in South Africa, brought up in Mozambique and educated in Malawi end up as a medical interpreter in Fortaleza in Brazil? 

In fact it turns out the story’s logical enough, especially as Mozambique and Brazil share the same language. Carlos Kwengwe’s mother is a white Brazilian, who met his father, a black Mozambican, when they were studying together in Brazil in the 80s, at a time when Mozambique was still being torn apart by civil war.
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Interpreter Network: application fast track for APCiTG interpreters

March 17, 2021 / by Enrique posted in freelancer, language jobs, interpreter, jobs, ProZ.com Interpreter Network, interpreting

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The ProZ.com Interpreter Network -the pool of pre-screened professional interpreters- continues to grow with new interpreters joining every day 🚀

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Strategies for finding direct clients

March 15, 2021 / by Paul M Urwin posted in freelancer, translator, interpreter, training, direct clients

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For those of you working with direct clients, how did you manage to get started with them?

Here are a few of the ways in which I've found direct clients:
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Global Voices 2: Ivanildo Xavier in Cape Verde

March 4, 2021 / by Andrew Morris posted in interpreter, ProZ.com Interpreter Network, interpreting, Global Voices

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From selling water from a truck to earning an impressive living as an interpreter is quite a journey. But then that’s true of Ivanildo Xavier’s life as a whole – an adventure that saw him travel to Bolivia, working in bars and living on the wild side, before finally returning home to settle down and build his career. 

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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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Freelancers need to set your payment terms

January 27, 2021 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, translator, interpreter, payments, invoicing, ProZ*Pay

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As a freelancer, one of the most joyous parts of the month is getting paid. However, when you work for yourself, it can get a little more complicated than just cashing a monthly check. Here are our strategies for how and when to get paid as a freelancer as well as how to set payment terms.

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Announcing a new series called Global Voices

January 26, 2021 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, interpreter, facebook, ProZ.com Interpreter Network, interpreting, Global Voices

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As you know, ProZ.com works closely with Boostlingo to provide Remote Simultaneous Interpreters (RSI), and we have a whole bunch of unsung heroes who are not only providing vital input to communities and individuals in equally unsung places, but making good money from home, popping up whenever their services are needed in real time.



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Interpreter's new reality

December 11, 2020 / by Hayjor Roca posted in interpreter, ProZ.com, ProZ.com Interpreter Network, vri, opi, hipaa, interpreting

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As any other aspect of our lives, our jobs have been re-shaped by this “new reality”. As language professionals we are used to perform remote work, but for interpreters reality is –or was– different.

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Interpreters that get the job done and more discussed in latest ProZ.com podcast

November 19, 2020 / by Mike Donlin posted in translator, interpreter, training, jobs, games, podcast

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The latest ProZ.com podcast episode features Dr. Jonathan Downie's conversation with with ProZ.com head of training Paul Urwin around topical issues for interpreters.

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Parenting, communities, how to get new clients, SDL Trados 2021 and inside the mind of a translator on day two of ITD 2020

September 30, 2020 / by Mike Donlin posted in interpreter, professional development, training, conference, networking, events, translation, ProZ.com, ProZ.com membership, marketing, ProZTV

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Join ProZ.com/TV for the second day of a free live event on October 1 to celebrate International Translation Day. ITD 2020 streams live through ProZ.com and its social media platforms starting at 9:55 GMT on Thursday.

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Yoga at your desk, audiovisual translation, interpreting, collaboration and more on ITD 2020 day one

September 29, 2020 / by Mike Donlin posted in interpreter, professional development, training, conference, networking, events, translation, ProZ.com, ProZ.com membership, marketing, ProZTV

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Join ProZ.com/TV for a free live event September 30 and October 1 to celebrate International Translation Day. ITD 2020 streams live through ProZ.com and its social media platforms starting at 9:20 GMT on Wednesday.

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One Minute T&I available in Facebook group Translators & Interpreters (ProZ.com)

August 18, 2020 / by Paul M Urwin posted in freelancer, translator, interpreter, training, translator tools, clients, facebook, One Minute T&I

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ProZ.com head of training Paul Urwin has created a series of episodes to discuss topics for translators and interpreters. The episodes will appear as part of the Facebook group Translators & Interpreters (ProZ.com). The audio recording is very short (hence the name!), with the idea that it leads straight into a discussion in the comments. Transcripts from the first two episodes are included here.

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Translator and globetrotter: Elena Romero

August 17, 2020 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, language jobs, freelancer, profile, translator, interpreter

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The first thing that strikes you about Elena Romero is how relaxed she is. Not to mention her easy-going and fluent English. Surely it can’t all be because she spent two years in London in her early 20s? But dig a little deeper and you see why: Elena spends her life travelling, much of it in English. Having left the narrow confines of her small town in the Canaries (ironically enough, a destination coveted by most of the world), she has roamed extensively – in Europe and SE Asia in particular, and counts Bali among her favourite places of all.

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Portrait of an Entrepreneur: Yassine El Bouknify in Morocco

August 10, 2020 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, language jobs, freelancer, profile, translator, interpreter

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Ask Yassine El Bouknify what he enjoys about being a freelance translator and he responds without hesitation: the chance to work with other professionals and clients; the mobility bundled up with the job, and the ability to choose who he works for. In short, being his own boss. Just two years into his career, he’s obviously understood what makes freelance life tick. 

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Translation jobs posted here now appearing in Facebook feed

April 16, 2020 / by Mike Donlin posted in translator, interpreter, translator tools, business membership, jobs

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Jobs posted by business members will now also appear on Facebook via the new ProZ.com Translation Jobs page. All members of the language community are invited to like or follow the page to receive updates.

Presently, all jobs with the COVID-19 tag are appearing there. Soon, this offer will be extended to all business members.

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