МТ (machine translation) in its present form is a rather mixed and controversial phenomenon. Numerous misunderstandings and disappointments that are related to it are explained by the fact that both translators and those who use their work have adopted an erroneous attitude towards MT.Read full article
There have been perpetual discussions within professional translation circles between translators and translation agencies, whereby translators have questioned the existence of translation agencies per se. They see them only as commercial agents who reap the cream, but do not benefit customers in any real way. Now and again debates have arisen about whose services the customer should better use: an independent translator or a company providing translation services. In this article we will try to investigate this matter and consider all the advantages and drawbacks of dealing with independent translators vs. translation agencies.Read full article
Why should I take a test? I have a diploma / references / translation samples The abovementioned means absolutely nothing to us. Unfortunately, times are not easy for our educational system and a diploma cannot prove a person is suitably qualified any more. Somebody else may edit the translation samples, and as for the references, they are only relevant if we know the referees had quality requirements similar to ours—in other words, if they are one of our direct competitors or customers. That's why a test translation is often the only way to check an applicant’s skills.Read full article
The first thing any translator or translation agency does prior to accepting the order is to evaluate the scope of work and the project deadline. The translation services provider should know the text volume and its complexity to be able to compare it with how fast the translation services provider can make the translation and what the price will be.Read full article
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