In this episode, Eve and Corinne give a post-conference wrapup of the 59th annual conference of the American Translators Association, held in New Orleans at the end of October. Listen in for our favorite conference sessions, information about how the ATA conference is planned, and tips for how to make the most of the conference if you’d like to attend in the future.
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In this episode, Eve and Corinne discuss computer-assisted translation tools. What are CAT tools? What are they useful for? When are they not useful? What flavors of CAT tools are out there for translators to choose from? How do TM tools differ from MT tools?
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In this episode, Eve and Corinne delve into a topic that’s been at the top of the news in the translation industry lately: the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR. We are not GDPR experts, and we’re certainly not attorneys. And the GDPR is a voluminous piece of legislation. If GDPR compliance is mission-critical in your business, definitely consult a specialized attorney. What we’ve assembled here is a variety of tips on how the GDPR affects freelance translators, including what both of us have done to move toward compliance. We cover:
The basic rights that the GDPR gives “data subjects”
Resources on the GDPR that are specific to freelance translators
Who has to comply with the GDPR
How the GDPR may apply to personal data contained in translations
How the GDPR may apply to your e-mail list and website
Why the GDPR is likely to make online life more pleasant, after the initial adjustment period
Links mentioned in this episode:
The ITI (UK Institute of Translation and Interpreting)’s Brief Guide to the GDPR. If you read one thing about the GDPR, make it this one!
In this episode, Eve and Corinne discuss conferences, continuing education, and professional development for freelance translators. A very special shoutout to Alaska-based Spanish to English translator Stacy Evans, who suggested this topic in a review she left us on iTunes!
As freelancers, we’re responsible for our own professional growth, and there are so many options out there. How can we best budget our available time and money, so that we get the most out of our professional development efforts. We offer specific tips on:
Why conferences, continuing education, and professional development are important
How to determine your priorities when planning for your professional growth
How to pursue professional development in the language professions and in your areas of specialization
How to make the most of your investment when you attend an in-person event
How to budget financially for your professional growth
In this episode, Eve, Corinne, and special guest Jennifer Bikkál Horne discuss strategies for raising your children bilingually–a topic that, while not directly related to translation, is of interest to lots of us in the language professions. Eve (mother of two tween/teen boys) and Jen (mother of two girls, ages 1 and 3) offer tips from their experiences as English-French bilingual moms, but these strategies are applicable to any language. Listen in to learn:
How they decided to raise their children bilingually
How they incorporate French into their kids’ lives in the US
How their kids have responded to the bilingual environment
How they find resources such as books, movies, music, TV shows, etc. to use with their kids
Their thoughts on raising bilingual children in your non-native language
Jen has some excellent insights on the early childhood end of the spectrum–how to expose babies and young children to another language and encourage them to speak, how to find resources that are appropriate for young children–while Eve has the perspective of 15+ years of bilingual parenting–the various phases of bilingual life as kids get older, and how her kids use French as their “secret weapon.” If you’re raising–or thinking about raising–your kids bilingually, we think this episode will be a great source of information.
Links mentioned in the episode:
The NERCh strategies that Jen uses with her daughters–especially applicable for babies and young children (download the PDF version):
In this episode, Eve and Corinne share some new tips and tricks to help you work more efficiently and learn new skills. Including:
Text-to-speech proofreading (having your computer read your translations out loud). Addendum: the text-to-speech engine in MS Word is available for Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.
Speech-to-text dictation in Excel (rather than retyping those tedious numbers)
Using a tablet as a second monitor
Kutools for Excel, an MS Office add-on that lets you–among other things–search across multiple Excel files
ORCIT, the European Union’s Online Resources for Conference Interpreter Training course (thanks to Tamara Muroiwa for the recommendation)