Did You Know About memoQ?

NCTA is offering a full-day workshop with excellent opportunities to learn the basic functions of memoQ and gain hands-on experience.

MemoQ is an integrated localization/translation environment that optimizes the productivity of translation and localization.

By the end of the workshop you will have all the information and skills required to start using memoQ right away. The workshop includes a three-hour practice session when you will have time to try out your new skills and ask questions.

YOU WILL LEARN:
•    What Computer Assisted Translation (CAT) tools like memoQ do and don’t do
•    How to use the basic functions of memoQ
•    How to make the most of this software and put it to good use
•    What agencies expect from vendors using memoQ, including delivery formats and “fuzzy match” rates.

Workshop time and location:

SFSU Downtown campus, Room 610
835 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

Saturday, February 25, 2012
9:30 – 12:30: Teaching session
12.30 – 1.30: Lunch (not included)
1:30 – 4:30: Hands-on practice and Q&A session

About the instructor:

Tuomas Kostiainen, a native of Finland, is an ATA-certified English to Finnish translator specializing in technical and medical translations. In addition, he is an independent SDL Trados-approved Trados trainer and has provided training for numerous translators and translation companies in the US, as well as internationally. He regularly gives workshops and presentations on CAT tools, PDF tools and other topics, and writes a popular blog on Trados Studio
Register online for this workshop; click here.

Becoming a Professional Translator/Interpreter

As we mentioned in earlier posts, Berkeley Language Institute offers a variety of workshops on topics related to translation and interpreting. They are designed for those wishing to explore new areas of interest and career opportunities, as well as developing existing skills.

The workshops are held in the context of continuing education for professional linguists, and for bilingual individuals who wish to enter the translation and interpreting fields.

The Business side of Translation is the next workshop listed on BLI’s website. This seminar, conducted by Francine Kuipers, is an introduction to the business world applied to anyone interested in becoming a professional translator and/or interpreter.

Our 4 hour workshop is an introduction to the business world of translators and interpreters. It covers the following topics:

Terminology: translator, transcriber, simultaneous & consecutive interpreter, voice-talent…
Tools of the trade
Certifications
How to market yourself  and network
Trade associations
Employee vs. outside contractor
Continuing education
Costs estimates & turnaround
Contracts
Protocols
Code of Ethics…

It is also posted on NCTA’s Calendar of Events.

Time and location are as follows:

Berkeley Language Institute
1840 Alcatraz Avenue, Suite A1 Berkeley CA 94703

Saturday, March 17th, 2012, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

There is a fee of $45.00 per person.

About  the instructor:

Francine Kuipers is the founder of Accent on Languages and Berkeley Language Institute.
Ms Kuipers is a linguistic and cultural consultant.  She was the Principal of the French American School in Los Angeles. She taught at the University of Peru, Russia, and in various schools in the United States. She is a language consultant to School Districts and to various companies and organizations, as well as the US Army. She has been producing language tapes since 1986. Ms Kuipers has been conducting workshops on translation and interpreting  since 1995.

If you need any additional information on our workshops, please click here, or contact Francine Kuipers at francine@berkeleylanguageinstitute.com.

Avoiding awkward translations

Nokia unveiled its first-ever Windows Phones at the Nokia World conference in London, the Lumia 800 and the Lumia 710. Unfortunately, Nokia learned too late that Lumia actually means “prostitute” in Spanish. Oops.

Dictionaries suggest that Nokia’s name for its latest smartphone has money-for-pleasure connotations. The Real Academia Española, considered one of the authorities of the Spanish language, claims that Nokia’s Lumia smartphone is a colloquial term for “prostitute” in Spanish.

Ufortunately, Nokia isn’t the only company embarrassed by a bad translation. There are many other product names released by companies over the years that suffered from a lack of international research.

There is where language companies like AoL play a very important role on doing the proper investigation and research as they possess all the necessary tools to avoid such situations.

Learn more. Visit http://www.thedenverchannel.com/technology/29593631/detail.html

http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/238383/20111026/nokia-lumia-prostitute-coors-beerwolf-chevy-nova-clairol-mist-stick-sega-ford-pinto-google.htm

What the Future Holds for Translators and Interpreters

In today’s information society, communication is more than just important. It’s crucial. Every business and political message runs the risk of being misinterpreted, especially when it comes to complex ideas, and the results of misinterpretation can range from a failed business agreement to the collapse of government talks. In short, there never has been more demand for specialists in translation and interpretation, which makes these two jobs hot prospects for the coming years.

If you’re fluent in two or more languages, you may find this career area of great interest to you, perhaps as you explore an entirely new vocation or if you’re just starting your career after college. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, translators and interpreters will experience faster-than-average employment growth through 2018.

[…] Many corporations are in great need of professionals in both aspects of the field (interpreting and translation), as are government agencies and other employers.

For instance, the American Translators Association is composed of more than 11,000 members — including translators, interpreters, teachers, project managers, Web and software developers, language company owners, hospitals, universities and government agencies — in more than 90 countries.

Dawn Rosenberg McKay, the career planning guide for About.com, says, “Most employers will only consider candidates who have bachelor’s degrees, as well as specialized training from a formal program.”

[…]

Should you decide that your language fluency, education and experience make you a suitable candidate, visit the American Translators Association’s website for information on taking the test to become a credited member of the organization. You can take practice tests before paying  fee and signing up to take your exam.

You will need to provide proof of your education and work experience to qualify to take the test, which is a three-hour proctored exam in a specific language pair of your choice. The ATA currently offers exams for your proficiency in translating into English from Arabic, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish, as well as from English into Chinese, Croatian, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Ukrainian.

Be aware that the test is challenging. The current overall pass rate is less than 20 percent, but when you do pass, you earn entry into the ATA, as well as your designation as a certified interpreter or translator, ready to launch into your new field.

How Will You Work?

The next consideration is this: Do you wish to work for a company or organization, or do you wish to be an independent contractor? The former requires that you locate in-house job opportunities — a perk of belonging to the ATA — and go through the process of interviewing in order to land your dream job.

Some companies maintain their employees in an office, and some send their employees into the field to interpret and translate. […]

If you wish to be an independent contractor, you will need to establish your own business, with resources from the ATA and the U.S. Small Business Administration, set up your home office, apply for a state license (if required), pay quarterly taxes, set up an organized bookkeeping system, market yourself and set your own prices, among other requirements for the self-employed. The ATA reports that it can take up to two years to fully establish your own business.

Ongoing Training

Just as with any other job, you will need to take smart steps to maximize your career’s potential and advancement. According to the ATA’s website, here are some advised steps:

  • Take courses to keep up-to-date on trends in your field and learn new terminology.
  • Join professional organizations to find out more about and network within your chosen specialties.
  • Travel abroad, if at all possible.
  • Read often, in all your languages, to hone your skills.
  • Subscribe to trade magazines in your areas of expertise.
  • Add to your hardware/software collection and learn new programs.
  • Check your local community college for classes in accounting, taxes, business management, marketing, etc.
  • Check out assistance from women’s or minority business organizations if you fit those categories.
  • Look for one or more mentors in your field, especially those who already have started their own businesses. A useful place to start is the Service Corps of Retired Executives, on the Web at www.score.org.

From Las Vegas Review-Journal http://www.lvrj.com/employment/translator-interpreter-becomes-top-profession-for-2012-130062423.html.