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CafeTran CAT tool available to all paying members during pandemic

April 12, 2020 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, translator, membership, translator tools, CAT tools, COVID-19, CafeTran

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Now, and during the Covid-19 pandemic, CafeTran is available in its unlimited version to all ProZ.com paying members, regardless of membership level.

Many thanks go out to Igor at CafeTran for agreeing to make this benefit available to all members. The ProZ.com site team hopes that access to this program will be of use to those who are looking for a CAT tool now.

If you are just getting into translation, or find yourself looking for a new CAT tool at the moment, you may want to consider CafeTran.

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Translation Postcards: Zena Alzinc in Tartus, Syria

April 7, 2020 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, translator, translation postcards

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Ask your average viewer of the news what comes to mind when you say “Syria”, and you’re unlikely to hear them describe a liberal, cosmopolitan city with an elegant Corniche, a rich culinary tradition, colourful markets groaning with fresh fruit and vegetables, and a 12th-century cathedral. Not to mention the castles, towers, artefacts and ruins of a whole palimpsest of civilisations, from Phoenician to Aramaic and from Canaanite to Christian and Islamic. What’s more, a city surrounded by virginal landscapes of undulating, forested hills, dotted with ancient ruins, and watered by sparkling rivers. But then again, perhaps your average viewer of the news has never seen, or even heard of Tartus.

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New virtual powwows: Bring colleagues into your home anytime, from anywhere

April 6, 2020 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, translator, Powwow, translator tools, translation events, events, translation, ProZ.com, ProZ.com membership, COVID-19

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Interested in meeting up with your colleagues from home? ProZ.com is excited to bring you virtual powwows, where you can hook up with your colleagues - even during this time of social distancing. 

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Join the ProZ.com/TV Freelancer Success Summit April 7-9

April 5, 2020 / by Mike Donlin posted in video, freelancer, translator, interpreter, COVID-19, ProZTV

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Join ProZ.com/TV for free access to the online Freelancer Success Summit April 7-9th, organized specifically to help you through this critical period. There is no pre-registration required and is available for all site users at ProZ.com.

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COVID-19 related jobs can be tagged for language job postings

April 1, 2020 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, language jobs, freelancer, translator, translation company, business membership, jobs, COVID-19

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A jobs checkbox on ProZ.com with a new COVID-19 tag now enables job posters to tag their jobs as "Covid-19" and service providers to filter Covid-19 jobs. Many job posters are already using this option to connect with some of the 1 million language professionals at ProZ.com.

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Translation Postcards: Mia Liou in Taoyuan, Taiwan

March 31, 2020 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, translator, translation postcards

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Once upon a time, there were nothing but rice fields here. The city of Taoyuan (桃園, meaning “peach garden”), a post-war creation, is now a thriving urban hub, just 20 minutes by high-speed train from the Taiwanese capital Taipei. Many of its residents work there, and the station platforms every morning are full, but not only of Taiwanese. Crowds of migrant workers from Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines give the place a south-east Asian feel. It’s also here that Taiwan’s airport is situated.

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Translation Postcards: Pawel Oleszczuk in Czarny Kierz, Poland

March 23, 2020 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, translator, translation postcards

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Old houses and barns with red tiles set in a patchwork of green meadows and fields. Farms and ranches scattered among hills and rivers. The echoing cry of long-necked cranes, fading into crepuscular silence. Buzzards circling high overhead. Air that smells different in every season, from springtime dew to summer fertiliser, the smoky tang of fireplaces and rotten leaves in the autumn, the brittle crunch of frost and snow in the frozen winter.

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Translation Postcards: Davíd Lavie in New York City

March 17, 2020 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, translator, translation postcards

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On a foggy day, there’s a deep, resonant sound that rolls in from the water: the horns of freight tankers inching their way towards the commercial ports of New York Harbour, through the Narrows. We’re in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, a lower-middle-class district with rich Italian and Irish roots, so you can count on getting phenomenal pizza at Campania, world-class pignoli and cannoli at Paneantico, and a perfect cocktail of whiskey and banter at Kitty Kiernans. But look carefully and you can also make out Greek, Russian and Spanish threads in the local fabric. 

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Translation Postcards: Clare Clarke in Finnsnes, Northern Norway

March 9, 2020 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, translator, translation postcards

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It’s winter in Finnsnes, Northern Norway. Some days it gets so cold, (minus 33 degrees anyone?), your glasses freeze over the moment you step outside – the clean, fresh Arctic Circle air searing into your lungs. There are fifty shades of snow: capping the distant mountains, stacking up in drifts at the side of the road, crunching as cars pass, or crisp underfoot. Kids can be seen skiing to school, women kick-sledding to work, and the odd granny has even been spotted whizzing to the doctor’s on a snow scooter. 

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Translation Postcards: Norhan Mahmoud in Cairo

March 4, 2020 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, translator, interpreter, translation postcards

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Throw open the window and the air is spiced with the aroma of freshly fried Ta’amya (the Egyptian Falafel) and Ful (fava beans stewed in tomato sauce), overlaid with less attractive but equally persistent topnotes of household rubbish, in both the poorest and the richest districts of Cairo.

The streets are clogged with honking traffic, inching its way through the noisy, boisterous city. At times it feels the only way to escape and gulp in mouthfuls of fresh air is to head down to the majestic Nile.

It's against this background, in the upmarket middle-class district of Nasr City, that 29 year-old Norhan Mahmoud plies her trade as a translator and interpreter between Arabic and English.

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How to write an effective job quote

March 1, 2020 / by Andrea Capuselli posted in freelancer, profile, translator, membership, jobs, ProZ.com membership

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As a freelance language professional on ProZ.com, there are many ways for you to find work. The vast majority of the workload that flows through the site comes from clients searching the Translators Directory or ProZ Find, so a good ProZ.com profile is a must to meet new clients through the site.

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Should you publish rates in your profile?

February 25, 2020 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, profile, translator, rates

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As a freelancer at ProZ.com, you have the option to include rates. Some do, some do not.

In a previous Facebook group discussion, Andrew Morris suggested that he always preferred not to in the early days when seeking out new clients all the time, because some clients surprise you by offering you more than you’d have naturally stated.

That seems like a simple explanation for one side of the debate.

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ProZ.com Plus Package benefit: Translation Mastermind on Facebook

January 27, 2020 / by Andrew Morris posted in translator, professional development, translator tools, Plus package, facebook

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Among the many benefits of ProZ.com Plus membership is the chance to take part in the Translation Mastermind group on Facebook. It’s an established community of professionals who enjoy sharing ideas and tips about translation, in a completely troll-free atmosphere. It’s into its fourth year now, an independent entity, but sponsored by ProZ.com from Day 1.

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ProZ.com turns 20: thank you!

September 27, 2019 / by Lucía Leszinsky posted in translator, ProZ.com, translation industry, anniversary, community, 20 years, celebration, language industry

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It's 1999, the human population of the world surpasses six billion, the number of Internet users worldwide has just reached 150 million, and the EURO currency is adopted by an important number of European countries; SpongeBob SquarePants premieres on Nickelodeon and The Matrix, The Sixth Sense and Star Wars: Episode I are released; Barbie Doll turns forty and the world is getting ready for the year 2000 by running tests for the millennium bug; My Space is officially released while Bluetooth is announced, and Red Hot Chili Peppers and Christina Aguilera take over the radio. And while these capture the world's attention, ProZ.com makes its first appearance as a website for freelancers in April, re-vamped in August as a translation-specific web portal.

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Celebrating 20 years with the ProZ.com Argentinian team

September 18, 2019 / by Andrea Capuselli posted in translator, Powwow, translation contests, events, translation industry, Argentina

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On Friday, August 30th, we met at a pancake cafe & diner in San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina,to celebrate ProZ.com’s 20th anniversary. It was the first ProZ.com powwow for many of us, including the newly added staff members from the Argentinian team. We ended up being forty people --taking up more tables than planned-- and we had a lot of fun!

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