Tag: Translation

September 19, 2017 Rita Maia No comments exist

In linguistics, false friends are those words from different languages which look very similar in writing but actually mean different things. For that reason, they can easily lead to error a less careful or knowledgeable speaker in the languages concerned. On this post, I will be displaying a list of 50 false friends between English…

August 12, 2017 Rita Maia 1 comment

  Greek translator Magda Phili has put together an interesting book called Tapping Into Translators’ Creativity, dedicated to fellow freelance translators working hard on their craft. This little book focuses on creativity and how translators’ work really is a creative one, although those outside of the world of languages and even translators themselves sometimes don’t…

May 16, 2017 Rita Maia 2 comments

The second day of the BP17 Translation Conference took place in Hotel Aréna, Budapest. Unlike day 1, with the TEDx style sessions, these were delivered in a more traditional format, with 50-minute sessions. Because there were 3 parallel tracks, we could only attend 1/3 of the sessions. Let me tell you about some of the…

May 14, 2017 Rita Maia No comments exist

This year’s BP Translation Conference, organised by freelance translator Csaba Bán, took place on 5 & 6 May in Budapest, Hungary. More than 150 translators from around the world attended BP17 Conference and it was memorable. Morning Sessions The first day took off in the most beautiful venue, Uránia Nemzeti Filmszínház, located in downtown Budapest….

April 18, 2017 Rita Maia No comments exist

As most translators know, some translation agencies include a translation test in their recruitment process. This can be free or paid at a full or reduced rate. A successful outcome will get the freelancer in the agency’s database. At least in theory, this will get both parties involved in collaboration. Now, some translators refuse to…

December 30, 2016 Rita Maia No comments exist

  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…

October 30, 2016 Rita Maia No comments exist

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…

September 12, 2016 Rita Maia No comments exist

  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…

August 11, 2016 Rita Maia No comments exist

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…

June 24, 2016 Rita Maia No comments exist

When in need of translation services, who should companies turn to in order to meet their linguistic needs? Google Translate? A staff member who has loads of time to look up words in a bilingual dictionary? A friend who travels frequently and doesn’t seem to have difficulty asking for directions in different languages? A cousin who…