A Practical Guide for Translators by Geoffrey Samuelsson-Brown

By Geoffrey Samuelsson-Brown

Nice publication. Covers lots of stuff that each translator should still be aware of in a simple, comprehensible manner. Definately a great tool dor each translator, in particular rookies.

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Refer to Table 3 below. Translations agencies who, as the name suggests, act as an agency or broker. These are sometimes staffed by as few as two or three administrators. There are good and bad agencies. If you are an uninitiated buyer of translation services it is useful to have a list of questions to ask when asking for details. Again, refer to Table 3. 36 THE CLIENT’S VIEWPOINT Types of translation services provider Services provided Freelance translator Small translation agency Non-accredited medium-sized translation agency Accredited translation company Range of languages Limited Limited Yes Yes Range of hardware and software Limited Limited Yes Yes In-house translation resources Yes No No Yes External translation resources No Yes Yes Yes Independent checking No No Possibly Yes Glossary compilation Yes No Limited Yes Project management Limited Limited Yes Yes Reference library Limited Limited Limited Yes Translation tools Limited No No Yes Desk top publishing facilities Limited Limited Possibly Yes Software localisation and verification Limited No No Yes Website translation Limited Limited Limited Yes No Limited Yes Yes Very few Very few No Yes Capacity to handle major projects in several languages Accreditation to ISO 9001:2000 Table 3.

Notice of termination of employment The period of notice of termination of employment to be given by ATS Limited to you is one calendar month. The period of notice of termination of employment to be given by you to ATS Limited is one calendar month. Further education Once you have completed one year of full-time service (31 August 1998), the company is prepared to consider sponsorship of further education that is pursued through a recognised educational establishment such as a local college or the Open University.

We as professionals do not produce ‘rough translations’. You need to explain to the client that you will produce an accurate translation but that the level of quality control will mean that the output is suitable for information purposes but not for general publication. (See Chapter 7, Quality control and accountability) Table 2. Common client misconceptions and reality 35 A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR TRANSLATORS You may know these truths to be self-evident but need to ensure that the potential client understands that translation is a skilled and demanding profession.

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