On languages and translation, written in English and in Portuguese.

Posted by Rita Maia on December 30, 2016

On plans, wishes and resolutions for 2017

I have never been one to make resolutions when the end of the year approached; not on a personal level, anyway. Lose weight, quit smoking (I’m not a smoker) or eat healthy didn’t really make sense to add to some list. Nowadays, when running my own business, making plans is a must. Looking deep into Read more…

Posted by Rita Maia on October 30, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: Diversification in the Language Industry

As the title of this book by Nicole Y. Adams suggests, its content is all about diversification. What is it? Is it today or will it soon become a necessity? How can a translator diversify? Dozens of professionals in the language industry share their experiences of diversification in a collection of essays and interviews. When the book was published Read more…

Posted by Rita Maia on September 12, 2016

The bittersweet taste of ‘Saudade’

  When wondering about the one word that really captures the essence of the Portuguese soul, saudade [saw-da-dɨ] is quite likely the term that immediately comes to mind. But what does it mean? In English there isn’t a direct equivalent, a word that truly translates the meaning of saudade. Let me explain. Saudade is a Read more…

Posted by Rita Maia on August 11, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: Beginning, Middle and End

Beginning, Middle and End is an e-book that aims to help freelance translators be successful by implementing project management skills in their daily work. It was written by three experienced translators, Luísa Matos, Rui Sousa and Teresa Sousa, who are former project managers themselves.   “WHAT HAS PROJECT MANAGEMENT GOT TO DO WITH TRANSLATION?” With the internationalisation of markets and Read more…

Posted by Rita Maia on July 20, 2016

4 ½ Reasons to Learn Portuguese

Whether you want to learn a foreign language for travel or pleasure or you need it for work and business, you might want to consider taking Portuguese language classes. Why? Well, Portuguese is, as Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes once put it, “the sweet and gracious language”. And who wouldn’t want to speak such a Read more…

Rita Maia

Rita Maia

English and French to European Portuguese translator and localizer
for corporate communications, marketing, IT, and international development.

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