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A history of women making change through translation

March 11, 2020 / by Andrea Capuselli posted in translation, women in translation, translation history

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International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8th, to commemorate Russian women's winning of the vote in 1917, after organizing a four-day strike that forced the Czar to abdicate. But the first Women's Day observance, called National Woman's Day, was actually held on February 28th, 1909, in New York City, organized by socialist activist Theresa Malkiel, a labor organizer and educator. Today, International Women's Day demonstrations are still largely protests against the oppression and inequality that women are subjected to.

 

Covers for The First Wife by Paulina Chizianc, One of Us is Sleeping by Josefine Klougart, and The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante

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The people behind ProZ.com: Henry Dotterer, President (Part Two)

January 31, 2020 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, translation, ProZ.com, translation industry, meet the team

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Over at the Translators and Interpreters (ProZ.com) Facebook Group, there are plans for a series of weekly posts introducing you to the people behind ProZ.com. Some of them you may have come across, while others have remained in the shadows… until now! In the weeks and months ahead, we’ll get to know all of them in turn.
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In part 1 of Henry's story, we saw how a moment in the company of Mona Lisa sparked a flash of inspiration that led to some research which resulted in a dream…

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The people behind ProZ.com: Henry Dotterer, President (Part One)

January 24, 2020 / by Andrew Morris posted in translator tools, translation, ProZ.com, staff, meet the team

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Over at the Translators and Interpreters (ProZ.com) Facebook Group,  there are plans for a series of weekly posts introducing you to the people behind ProZ.com. Some of them you may have come across, while others have remained in the shadows… until now! In the weeks and months ahead, we’ll get to know all of them in turn.
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When most of us are faced with change, or a new set of circumstances, we adapt in small ways, work round the new developments, try not to let them upset our routines too much. But there are some people who look at exactly the same situation and see the potential for a different reality altogether, even a way to change the world.
 
In 1995, a young freelance translator called Henry Dotterer was just about to leave his job at Motorola in Japan and take a trip around the world when one day his co-worker said: “Come here, I want to show you something. It’s called the Internet”.
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Twenty years of fair play: thank you all, moderators!

September 6, 2019 / by Lü Leszinsky posted in freelancer, profile, professional development, marketing for language professionals, fun, networking, translation, anniversary, moderators

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ProZ.com the website has been around since 1999, and so have those who have volunteered to foster and protect the positive, results-oriented atmosphere of the site: the moderators.

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What does that cat want? (translation contest)

April 8, 2019 / by Jared Tabor posted in fun, translation contests, translation

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A new translation contest starts today, with a source text in Arabic. The text is from Al-Nazaraat, by Mustafa Lutfi Al-Manfaluti.

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Congratulations winners in the translation contest "Benevolent deception: the placebo button effect"

April 5, 2019 / by Jared Tabor posted in fun, translation contests, translation

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Hello all,

 

In the translation contest Benevolent deception: the placebo button effect, the finals stage has come to a close. Winners have been determined in the following language pairs:

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"Human response to a changing industry" talk on Monday at GALA 2019 in Munich

March 22, 2019 / by Mike Donlin posted in translator, translator tools, translation events, translation, GALA

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Heading to GALA 2019 in Munich? Henry Dotterer and Jared Tabor of ProZ.com will be giving a talk there on the future of the industry.

The talk, titled "Human Response to a Changing Industry", will be given at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 25. It is in the first session, following the welcome and keynote.

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Contest: Can you help decide which will be the winning translations?

March 8, 2019 / by Jared Tabor posted in fun, translation contests, translation

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The vote buttons are not a placebo! They work!

 

In the current translation contest, Benevolent deception: The placebo button effect, some language pairs are in the Qualifications phase. For these language pairs, participants can provide ratings for Quality of writing and for Accuracy of translation next to each entry: 

 

 
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Becoming a successful international translator

February 22, 2019 / by Jared Tabor posted in translator tools, translation, translation industry

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André Lisboa is an English - Portuguese translator based in Brazil. He is a ProZ.com member, and member of the Certified PRO Network (CPN). He has been working in the translation industry for over 25 years now, and has recently published a book, How to Become a Successful International Translator. In the book, he discusses some translation basics like resources and CAT tools, and also goes into detail on marketing, building a portfolio, time and resource management, and other subjects. The English edition of the book includes an interview with Ofer Tirosh, CEO of Tomedes Translations, on the translation industry in general, and what they look for when they hire new linguists.

I interviewed André about How to Become a Successful International Translator, and his thoughts on translation and the industry:

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New translation contest: submissions open until February 27

February 13, 2019 / by Jared Tabor posted in fun, translation

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A new translation contest starts today, with a source text in English. Submissions will be open until February 27th.

 

 

View the source text an submit an entry here »

 

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CAT tool use by translators: what are they using?

February 4, 2019 / by Jared Tabor posted in translator tools, translation

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In the previous post, we took a look at CAT tool use among translators. Now we will delve into this subject some more, examining which tools are being used, how translators are deciding on those tools, favorites, least favorites, and recommendations.

And if you are a reader who likes charts and graphs, you're in luck. 

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CAT tool use by translators: who is using?

February 3, 2019 / by Jared Tabor posted in translator tools, translation

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Every now and then, the subject of the use of Translation Memories (TMs) and Computer-aided Translation (CAT) tools comes up in the ProZ.com forums and elsewhere. Should you use a CAT tool? Why? Which one? Why (again)? Are there kinds of work where a CAT tool will not be useful?

In a previous State of the industry report for freelance translators, the word on TMs and CAT tools was to take them as "a given." A high percentage of translators use at least one CAT tool, and reports on the increased productivity and efficiency that can accompany their use are solid enough to indicate that, unless the kind of translation work you do by its very nature excludes the use of a CAT tool, you should be using one.

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Most popular blog posts of 2018

December 21, 2018 / by Mike Donlin posted in Netflix, subtitling, freelancer, interpreter, membership, translator tools, business membership, marketing for language professionals, translation

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Blogs started to appear in this format at the start of 2018. The content at ProZ.com has been used to discuss language industry trends, inform of site enhancements, and sometimes just to share a laugh. 

Of the 98 posts shared in 2018 from 12 different authors, here are the 10 that were most read.

 

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Choosing the right quality level and cost for translation services

December 14, 2018 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, translation

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Do you have translation needs? ProZ.com a uniquely effective place to meet capable freelancers and translation companies. Before beginning a search for a translator or translation company, it is important to determine what service is needed, and what is the cost.

This blog post takes some timeless thoughts included in a joint project of ProZ.com members and guests in the ProZ.com Wiki, already eight years old, and repurposes here for today. 

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Business member benefits available for all employees

November 28, 2018 / by Mike Donlin posted in business membership, jobs, translation

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Recent enhancements at ProZ.com make it easier to connect businesses with their employees. Business employees may each have their own ProZ.com profile, while sharing certain aspects like business identification, membership and ability to act on behalf of a business.

Sharing a general account to achieve business member benefits will no longer be necessary. Business entities will have their own business page with vital organizational information, including a list of representative employees. Profiles will be for freelancers or for representative employees associated to a business entity.

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