Translation Journal

Translation Journal

Digital Online Journal - Established 1997

A digital online journal for translators, interpreters, and interested friends of the translation industry.

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Why is the American Translators Association (ATA)'s Certification exam still being given on paper?

The first version of this article was to appear in the April 2006 issue of the Translation Journal. Before its intended publication I showed it to ATA President Marian Greenfield for corrections of any error of fact and for comments; she in turn showed it to members of the Board and other individuals involved in the Certification Program.

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  • Goal Setting: It’s That Time of Year +

    Translation Journal - Goal Setting

    It’s that time of year when everyone is talking about setting goals for 2015. Whether you are a freelance translator or interpreter, own your own translation company, or work for a translation service provider, you no doubt know that setting goals is essential to long-term success both in your business and personal life.

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  • How to Get Premium Rates for Your Services +

    How to Get Premium Rates

    To get top dollar for your services, you need to be strategic about where you market yourself. You may be able to offer your usual services to a different audience and double or triple your income – without working more! There are, however, a few things to consider when strategically targeting clients.

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  • Want to Succeed? Focus on Systems Rather Than Goals +

    Translation Journal Update February 2015

    How are you coming along with setting goals for 2015? Did you block out some time in your calendar this past week to plan how you want your business and personal life to look at the end of 2015? I hope you are well on your way!

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  • Testimonials: What to Include and How to Display +


    Testimonials give you the opportunity to provide proof about your services. Make it easy for potential clients to see what others are saying about you and your company by adding testimonials to your website and marketing materials.

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  • How to Set Your Rate as a Freelance Translator +

    Freelance Translator

    It’s the most common question I hear when talking with translators and interpreters: How much should I charge? The question comes from everywhere in the industry, from the recent graduate just starting out in a career in translation and interpreting to the seasoned professional who needs to renegotiate his or her rates with a client.

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  • How to Send Large Files +


    Have you ever had trouble sending a file attachment by email and wondered why? Chances are the file was too large. Most mail servers have size limitations for both incoming and outgoing files, with a maximum of about 20 MB.

    Translators and interpreters must often create and send large files to clients, such as InDesign files that include high-resolution photos and videos. Because of their size, simply sending these files through an email service provider is not an option.

    The good news is that there are many different file-sharing solutions available on the Internet that allow anyone – with or without technical expertise – to transfer files of any size with ease.

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  • How to Get (and Use) Testimonials +


    Testimonials can work magic for your business by building trust and credibility with prospective clients. But like any magic, they must be used responsibly.

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  • 9 Free Tools to Convert Documents to PDFs +


    Did you know there are many advantages converting documents such as Word or PowerPoint to PDFs? When a file is converted to a PDF it is usually compressed, resulting in a smaller file. Files saved as PDFs are self-contained and can be shared easily.  The recipient does not need to have the same program or hardware that the original file was created in. PDFs make it easy to transmit files between computers and mobile devices that have different applications.

    An added feature is that most PDF programs also allow you to put on extra security measures such as watermarks, passwords, or data encryption.

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