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​​Like every industry, translation and localization has its own unique terminology. This includes acronyms and initialisms that those unfamiliar with the sector may find confusing. We compiled a list of the Top 10 Translation and Localization Acronyms and Initialisms to help newcomers decode loc-speak.  LSP – Language Service Provider Probably one of the most widely used acronyms in the industry. An LSP is a...
Language service providers (LSPs) vary greatly in size, scope, and character, with each company bringing something different to the table. After all, there are thousands of providers competing in this USD 26bn industry . Among the many decisions that need to be made when searching for the perfect LSP is whether to hire a single-language vendor (SLV) or a multi-language vendor (MLV) to help propel the business forward. So what’s...
There are more machine translation platforms than ever available for online users, and sometimes you just need to run something into a machine translation platform to get a feel for what kind of text and translator you might need, or simply just to identify the language. But which is the right one for you or your business? We’re here to review 4 machine translation platforms to help you make that choice. Google Translate:...
Terminology management refers to the process of identifying, documenting, and organizing your company’s or client’s terminology. The process can be as straightforward as creating a list of terms that appear in a given text and then writing down their equivalents in the target language. It can also be more complex, such as when glossaries or termbases are created so that terminology can be stored and easily accessed as needed....
An MA in translation has been at the core of a professional translation career for a long time. Nowadays, there seems to be an increasing number of up-and-coming translators starting out in their careers armed with an MA. With university tuition fees constantly on the rise, you might be asking yourself whether completing an MA in translation is worth your time and money. Truth is, there’s no foolproof answer. It all depends on your...
Working from home seems like it’s here to stay. The translation industry has always embraced remote work, but it’s now becoming more relevant than ever. Language service providers (e.g., Pangeanic ) had been offering remote language services long before the pandemic. Such companies have become role models for pushing boundaries, showing what the industry can achieve remotely. While there are numerous benefits to remote...
So, you’ve decided to become your own boss and dive into the world as a freelance linguist…now what? This can be an exciting career move but, at the same time, it can be full of challenges. How you market yourself becomes an essential part of becoming a freelancer, especially when you are just starting out. Here are some ways to distinguish yourself from other freelance linguists out there. The importance of self-promotion...
Plenty of people have been living, working, and sleeping in sweats since the first pandemic headlines. Now, with offices around the world reopening, many workers are wondering what to wear — and what not to wear. For translation and localization professionals, the answer will depend on the individual position, workplace norms, and — sometimes — the day of the week.  Dressing for the Big Screen For those pros still...
As the year winds down, chances are you, your colleagues, and your higher-ups are looking forward to spending some time away from work. Before logging out for the last time this year, make sure you plan ahead so you come back to an orderly inbox and a reasonable to-do list.  Start Early Best practice in any field is typically to establish your holiday schedule as early as possible, depending on how your company manages vacation...
The holiday season is upon us! Well...some of us, in some places. Professionals in the translation industry are particularly sensitive to the cultural differences they might encounter with clients and target markets. But the increasingly popular “follow-the-sun” business model, which encourages hiring workers across the globe to accommodate international customers, means that employees and bosses might not share the same holidays....
If your job search is a tall, spiral staircase, then skills assessment testing is one of the last steps before you reach the top and snag that job offer. Everything leading up to this point — your resume, interviews, and references —describes your work style and past accomplishments. Skills assessment testing is where you can really shine and show your next boss what they can expect once you’re on the job. Project...
When it comes to landing a job, you may have heard that “it’s not what you know, it’s WHO you know.” Networking can be helpful in developing a career in any industry, including translation, but it gets a bad rep. For those just warming up to networking, here are a few starting points for meeting new peers and mentors in the industry. Alumni Associations Get back to your roots: Reconnecting with your alma mater...