Charity event raised funds for Concern Worldwide education programs Reply

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This is the second time ProZ.com has hosted a charity event benefiting education programs for children in need. During the month of June, the site held four free translator training webinars to help raise funds for Concern Worldwide education programs. 72 million children around the world are not enrolled in school, and Concern Worldwide focuses on providing basic education to those who need it most. For over 30 years, this organization has been working to improve access to basic education among the poorest people in the world. Concern Worldwide currently spans 12 countries, benefiting 215,888 people last year alone.

Access to education is not only a basic human right, but also a key factor in reducing poverty and child labor in the world.

By attending the event, donating, and conducting sessions, ProZ.com translation professionals have helped to ensure that children learn basic literacy, numeracy, and life skills in school through the Concern Worldwide education programs. Concern Worldwide supports teacher training, school materials supply, and strengthening school systems. Their aim is to improve access to primary school for marginalized children throughout the world, especially among young girls.

ProZ.com trainers Anneta Vysotskaya, Irene Koukia, Gwenydd JonesSuzanne Deliscar, and Claudia Brauer generously offered their time and experience to conduct online sessions for free in support of this cause. Four online sessions were held for freelance translators to help them in developing their skills, choosing an education program and learning how it can assist them in their careers, expanding their horizons through volunteer programs, and developing strategies to grow their businesses and stand out from the crowd.

Here is some feedback from attendees of these sessions:

“It was an amazing and brilliant training – thank you so much!”

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“The content was full of many simple and concrete examples of what to do step by step in order to become a recognizable translator.”

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“It was great that the presentation was well organized and was, therefore, easy to follow. Thank you for sharing your insights.”

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With more than 150 registrants for each session, attendance increased sixfold in comparison with the charity event held in 2013. It is amazing how people throughout the world gathered together in support of children in need.

ProZ.com matched each donation made, and together we reached the donation drive goal.  Thank you to all who contributed to this great cause. Special thanks goes to James Xia for his support of this event.

If you couldn’t participate in the charity event, or if you were unable to attend a particular session, you can still watch the webinar recordings available on ProZ.com (you need to be logged in to watch these videos):

Thanks to all the trainers and attendees for their fantastic fundraising efforts which made a big difference in the lives of children! We hope to see you all at upcoming ProZ.com training sessions and charity events to be conducted in the future.

Ten days left to the ProZ.com 2015 international conference: “Supporting each other, learning from each other” Reply

The ProZ.com 2015 international conference is just ten days away. Translators, interpreters, students, sponsors, organizers and staff are getting ready to support each other, to learn from each other in the great city of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Program and speakers

The conference will be a two-day event showcasing outstanding speakers and presentations on the most trending topics in the translation industry:

  • Questions You’ve Always Wanted to Ask… Answered – Konstantin Kisin
  • Drafting legislation in 24 languages – Hans te Winkel
  • Paradoxes of freelancing: maintaining individualism when belonging to a community – Marta Stelmaszak
  • The Challenge with being international – Doug Lawrence
  • The globetrotting freelancer: making the most of your work’s flexibility – Pavel Janoušek and Daniel Šebesta
  • What works for me, could work for you – Doug Lawrence
  • Top Secrets of Effective Proofreading – A powerful though underrated way to learn from each other – Francesca Airaghi
  • Social Media or Anti-Social Media: a lifestyle choice or a death sentence? – Erik Hansson
  • Famous for 10 minutes – Nigel Saych
  • Translators: Stand Up! Time to confront the devil – Sameh Ragab
  • Honing your expert skills and building an expert translator profile through cooperation with other freelancers – Anne-Charlotte Perrigaud
  • Teaching Translation Today and Tomorrow: Breeding the next generation of translators – Joop Bindels and Nathalie de Schipper
  • Training the client – Gary Smith
  • Work-life balance during illness: a freelance perspective – Ellen Singer and Joy Maul-Phillips
  • Internships and mentoring – Attila Piróth
  • The first steps of a graduate in the translation market – Fedde van Santen
  • Find your balance with the aid of technology (and some other great tips!) – Fernanda Rocha
  • TransQuiz – Gabriel Cabrera

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For more information and details about each session, click here to view the entire conference program.

Social activities

In addition to the two full days of sessions, workshops, round-tables, interviews and whatnot, the international conference will also offer attendees the possibility to network and have fun by taking part in other social events:

  • June 11th – Pre-pre-conference powwow
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Tour behind the scenes at Schiphol airport and a subsequent dinner at Vork en Mes, Hoofddorp.

 

  • June 12th – Pre-conference powwow
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A boat trip to Kinderdijk, a walking tour to Rotterdam and a ‘Rice Table’ meal.

 

  • June 13th – Gala dinner
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Dinner at the Inntel Hotels Rotterdam Centre.

 

  • June 14th – Post-conference powwow
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Dinner on the SS Rotterdam, an ocean liner.

For more details on social events planned, click here.

Conference package

This year, the conference organizer, Nigel Saych, and ProZ.com have put together a conference package that not only includes full pass to Saturday and Sunday sessions, and to the gala dinner on Saturday night, but also the following:

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There are still a few seats left for the conference. To book yours, visit the conference page and click on Buy now next to the package that best suits your needs.

For special discounts, please contact site staff through the support center.

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ProZ.com and the conference organizer, Nigel Saych, would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of this event:

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Guest blog post: Highlights from Erin Lyons’s webinar series on medical translation Reply

Erin Lyons is a full-time French to English and Italian to English translator, medical writer, and consultant. Her primary areas of expertise include clinical research, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and cosmetic products. In this guest post, Erin provides a brief overview of her ongoing webinar series on medical translation.


Erin_LyonsOver the next 3 months, I am pleased to be presenting a webinar series on ProZ.com that will be focusing on four different spheres of medical translation, patient informed consent, medical charts, journal articles, and regulatory affairs.

In the field of translation, we like to specialise and we also like to categorise. We like to call ourselves “medical” translators, “legal” translators or “sci-tech” translator., etc. However, as we know all too well, even such seemingly specific specialties entail an infinite number of sub-specialties and document types, each with its own rules, terminology and challenges.

Medical translation is no different and, while there is an abundance of general training materials on getting started in medical translation or the basics, there is a scarcity of information on the more specific sub-domains in the field that are unique to linguists and translators. This is why I have favoured this “close-reading” approach in the webinars of specific documents that one can expect to handle as a medical translator. Just like surgeons, in this webinar series we will dissect the documents in question and hone in on the greatest challenges and best language and material-specific resources to get the job done.

For example, in Part 1 of the series, “The Patient’s Perspective: Best Practices for Translating ICFs and PILs” (already completed on 8th May, but available for download), we took a close look at ICFs (Informed Consent Forms) and PILs (Patient Information Leaflets) and how these seemingly simple documents are surprisingly rife with challenges and also contain somewhat unexpected amounts of medical terminology. We reviewed the importance of writing for your audience (patients, parents, caretakers, minors, etc.), along with tools, such as readability scores and plain language glossaries that can be used to ensure proper patient-facing register.

The next webinar in the series, on 5th June, “SOAP Notes and Medical Charts: The Nitty Gritty of Medical Reports”, will focus on translating progress notes – often called SOAPs (Subjective, Objective, Assessment, Plan) – and patient records. Many translators fear translating these reports, which often come in the form of PDFs that need to be re-created, messy doctor handwriting and with an abundance of obscure acronyms and abbreviations. However, understanding how doctors and other medical professionals use and write these documents can help translators, who should always avoid staying at a superficial word level, to truly understand the entire clinical picture and capture a more meaningful and accurate translation of the document.

The third installment – “Medical Journals: Translating Like A Writer, Not A Scientist” – is aimed at translators who may even moonlight as medical writers. Translating for medical journals or writing English abstracts based on a foreign-language article can be a challenging endeavor. It can be difficult to maintain the balance between translating with a writer’s artistry, while remaining faithful to structured medical content. In this hour, we will focus on standards for medical writing and will end with an essential checklist to ensure that your translation meets industry expectations for polish and readability, while still complying with style guidelines and ethical standards, such as Good Publication Practice for Communicating Company Sponsored Medical Research.

A final, last reason to stay out of the heat and join in on this summer’s medical translation webinar series is to take part in our webinar on regulatory affairs, “Where Regulatory Rules: Translating Drug Leaflets, Packaging and Labelling”. After discussing all of these highly regulated documents – drug leaflets, packaging and labelling – you may be curious to learn more about the regulatory affairs side of the business and how to effectively gather, evaluate, organise, interpret and present data based on the source language and corresponding target FDA/EMA regulations. In our last hour together, you will become familiar with the steps of the translation, in-country review and post-marketing review processes and how to negotiate “untranslatables”. Confronting these specific translation challenges, resources and references will help you better translate regulatory medical documents in a manner that is less research-driven and more profitable.

For those interested in joining the conversation as part of this summer medical translation webinar series, please check the ProZ.com website for more information on registering and/or downloading the series:

  1. The Patient’s Perspective: Best Practices for Translating ICFs and PILs (completed, but available as an on-demand video)
  2. SOAP Notes and Medical Charts: The Nitty Gritty of Medical Reports, 5 June 2015, 3 PM CEST (GMT + 2)
  3. Medical Journals: Translating Like A Writer, Not A Scientist, 10 July 2015, 3 PM CEST (GMT + 2)
  4. Where Regulatory Rules: Translating Drug Leaflets, Packaging and Labelling, 7 August 2015, 3 PM CEST (GMT + 2)

Thanks, Erin, for this guest post.

Questions, feedback, or suggestions can be made in the comments section below or via Twitter @ProZcom

Meet the ProZ.com 2015 international conference organizer: Nigel Saych Reply

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Nigel Saych
ProZ.com member and conference organizer

This year’s ProZ.com international conference will take place on June 13-14 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, organized by Nigel Saych, a former teacher and professional copywriter, and now one of the most active professionals in Europe.

Nigel has been part of the ProZ.com community since 2006. With nine ProZ.com conferences attended –and impressive presentations in most of them– his first organized conference will certainly be, as he puts it: a great event!

“Conferences are the main face-to-face opportunities,” Nigel says. “Joining forces with other translators is the way I suggest to survive in a changing world.”

The conference will be a two-day meeting featuring nineteen speakers on the top floor of a great venue right by the waterside and overlooking the Erasmus Bridge and Rotterdam harbor. Four social events are also being organized for before, during and after the conference, including a gala dinner and a sightseeing tour.

Wanna know more about the conference? Click here to visit the official conference page or follow the event via social networks using the official event hashtag, #RotterdamConf.

And stay tuned for next week’s post on event topics and speakers.

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Guest blog post: Last-minute solutions in official translations Reply

As an assistant professor and ProZ.com professional trainer, Jasmina Djordjevic has sought to share the knowledge that she’s gained over her 17 year career as a language professional with others. Jasmina has a PhD in Applied Linguistics, is an appointed and sworn translator, and has published numerous articles and books on the study of translation. 

In this guest post, Jasmina shares some tips and advice on the translation of official documents.


926659_r4b29510c59f40The translation of official and court documents, such as decrees, judgments, certificates, authorisations, Powers of Attorney, Powers of Authority, last wills, Retention-of-Title clauses, etc. belong to a separate field within the translation industry. As such documents are either crucial pieces of evidence in a legal process or the product of some procedures, official and court documents depend on accuracy and precision. Therefore, they adhere to a separate set of rules when it comes to solving specific issues, such as signatures, stamps, illegible text, errors, typos, etc. Although these rather small issues might seem insignificant to some translators, when not handled correctly, an illegible signature or stamp might be the cause of serious consequences related not only to the accuracy and authenticity of an official document, but also to an entire procedure where the document might be a piece of crucial evidence or otherwise important information.

proz-101-eventsMany translators with little experience in the area of translation related to official and legal documents, resort to different solutions when faced with things they do not know what to do with. Unfortunately, such solutions are mainly incorrect. The list provided here should be regarded only as an attempt to identify the most common problems a translator is faced with, offer some solutions how to resolve them and thus provide a comprehensive review of suggestions related to some of the afore-mentioned issues, such as illegible text, handwritten insertions, errors, typos, stamps, signatures, etc. The list is actually a compilation of instructions derived from various translation instructions and style guides included in so-called Purchase Orders (PO) that agencies supply translators with when assigning translation jobs to them. Hopefully, the translation business will find a way to standardise problematic areas in translations, thus transform these last-minute solutions into standard techniques to be used by all professionals in the business.

1. Illegibility
Illegible sections in the source text should be marked in the target text with the equivalent of the word “illegible” in the target language put in square brackets. For instance, in German that would be “unleserlich”. Yet, all pieces of text and all numbers that are legible, even if only part of a sentence, should be translated or reproduced whereas the illegible part should be put in square brackets and identified as illegible.

e.g.
Target language = English
… the form of [Text illegible] is quite common…
28 [Number illegible] million Dollars

Target language = German
… die Form des [Text unleserlich] ist sehr verbreitet…
28 [Zahl unleserlich] Millionen Dollar

2. Omissions and errors in the source text
Any omission or error in the ST should be marked in the TT by writing the equivalent of “error in the original” or “omission in the original” in the TL in square brackets.

e.g.
Target language = English
[Error in the original: … the text identified as an error in the original in the source language …]
Target language = German
[Fehler im Original: … der Text, der als Fehler erkannt wurde in der Ausgangassprache…]

An alternative would be to include a translator’s note, which should be kept to a minimum and be as concise as possible.
Notes should be presented as follows (using the equivalent phrasing in the target language):

e.g.
Target language = English
[Translator’s note: … the text of the note kept to a minimum…]
Target language = German
[Anmerkung des Übersetzers: … der Text der Anmerkung, so kurz wie möglich…]

If the note is short it may be included in the main body of the text, but added in square brackets as indicated above. Longer notes should appear as a footnote or marked with an asterisk * (which may be numbered (*1) if there is more than one footnote). If the source language text contains its own footnotes, the remarks made by the translator have to be marked in a different way (for instance, by adding square brackets) and clearly indicated at the bottom of the page.

3. Stamps/seals, logos and signatures
The procedure with stamps and signature should be as follows:
The location of the respective stamp, logo or signature should be the same as in the ST. This will be achieved by typing the target text in square brackets into the area of the document approximately coinciding with the area of the original stamp, logo or signature. The type of the particular insertion has to be identified in the target language and all text appearing in the original stamp, logo or signature has to be translated and included in the square brackets inserted into the translation.

e.g.
Target language = English:
[Stamp/logo: … translation of the text appearing in the original…]
Target language = German
[Stempel/Logo: …. Übersetzung des Texts im Original…]

Target language = English
[Signature: John Smith]
Target language = German
[Unterschrift: John Smith]

If the signature is illegible, the equivalent of “illegible” in the target language should be added in square brackets, if it is written in a different alphabet, it should be identified:

e.g.
Target language = English
[Signature: illegible]
[Signature in Cyrillic: John Smith]
[Signature in Cyrillic: illegible]
Target language = German
[Unterschrift: unleserlich]
[Unterschrift in Kyrillisch: John Smith]
[Unterschrift in Kyrillisch: unleserlich]

4. Handwritten text
The procedure with stamps and signature should be as follows:
The location of the respective handwritten text should be the same as in the ST. This will be achieved by typing the target text in square brackets into the area of the document approximately coinciding with the area of the handwritten text. The exact wording of the particular piece of handwritten text has to be translated into the target language and included in the square brackets inserted into the translation.

e.g.
Target language = English
[Handwritten text: … translation of text…]
Target language = German
[In Handschrift: … Übersetzung des Texts…]

If the text is illegible, it should be stated as explained above.

5. Abbreviations
Comprehensibility should be the main consideration of a translator working with official texts. When a foreign abbreviation unfamiliar to readers occurs for the first time, it is usually best to write out the full term followed by an appropriate abbreviation in the target language in round brackets.

Thus two things may be considered crucial:
a) Standard equivalent abbreviations in the target language should be used if they exist.
b) If no standard equivalent abbreviation exists, a translation of the term in full should be written out each time rather than improvising an abbreviation in the target language.


calendar-tileThanks to Jasmina for sharing this information with us!

If you enjoyed this guest blog post, be sure to check out Jasmina’s upcoming and on-demand training sessions on note-taking, oral interpreting, and the translation of official documents here: http://www.proz.com/translator-training/trainers/946/courses

As always, feedback and comments can be submitted below or via Twitter @ProZcom

Resumen del seminario regional de ProZ.com en Córdoba, Argentina (2014) 1

IMG_8177Apenas pasadas las ocho de la mañana del sábado 8 de noviembre de 2014, los asistentes al seminario regional de ProZ.com en Córdoba, Argentina ya se agrupaban sobre una de las veredas del dinámico barrio de Nueva Córdoba. Iban llegando solos, en grupos, con mochilas en las espaldas, anotadores en las manos y algún que otro bostezo pendiente. Algunos de ellos estudiantes, otros profesionales con años de experiencia a cuestas. ¿Qué tenían en común todos? Las ganas de aprender, conectarse con colegas y divertirse.

IMG_8214Una vez hecha la acreditación de más de 130 asistentes, fue Juán Manuel Macarlupu Peña el que los recibió con un enorme abrazo con perfil de traductor profesional. Y ya antes del desayuno, así, con hambre de conocimiento y de medialunas, Juan Manuel los invitó a trabajar juntos para descubrir a la traducción como profesión y como negocio, delineando posibles salidas laborales, enumerando diferentes habilidades indispensables del traductor y detallando estrategias para no parecer novatos.

Finalmente, el café no se hizo esperar más, y antes de dar paso al resto de los módulos del programa, actuó como un perfecto punto de partida para que los asistentes se conozcan y comiencen a sacar mayor provecho de asistir a este evento. ¿Cómo te llamás? ¿En qué año estás? ¿En qué te especializás? Estas preguntas iban de traductor a traductor, de estudiante a estudiante, de colega a colega, actuales y futuros.

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El seminario continuó con información sobre la situación del mercado laboral, tácticas para encontrar clientes, estrategias para determinar honorarios y negociar efectivamente, y una extensa discusión acerca de las diferentes posibilidades de cobro –nacional e internacional, culminando con una foto grupal cargada de buena voluntad y de amenaza de lluvia (que no tardó en hacerse efectiva).

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¿Qué faltó? ¡Nada! Si hasta nos reunimos luego del seminario para verificar identidades y credenciales en los perfiles de ProZ.com, y compartir una merienda en un bar de la ciudad mientras conversamos sobre las ventajas y desventajas de la traducción automática, las diferentes formas de especializarse, los métodos de enseñanza en las diferentes instituciones educativas de la República Argentina, y, como si fuese poco, sobre la posibilidad de volver a vernos pronto, muy pronto.

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Lo que resta…

  • Compartir fotos y videos a través de redes sociales con el hashtag #CordobaProZ1, y ver las fotos y videos que otros han compartido:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1470141453256774/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&q=%23CordobaProZ1&src=typd

ProZ.com: http://www.proz.com/conference/652?page=image_gallery

  • Ver y descargar los certificados de asistencia en la sección “Participación en conferencias” del perfil de ProZ.com (sólo asistentes al evento): http://www.proz.com/profile

Gracias, Juan Manuel Macarlupu Peña, por la organización de este evento y a todos los que asistieron y aprovecharon la oportunidad de aprender, conectarse con colegas y divertirse. Aquí les dejo un video-resumen del evento y espero verlos muy pronto!

Celebrate International Translation Day with ProZ.com! 1

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International Translation Day is almost here, and it’s time to celebrate.

ProZ.com will be kicking off the festivities on September 29th with its annual virtual conference series. This is a two day event, the first day being dedicated to CAT tools and software training. The sessions on September 30th will feature a wide variety of panels, discussions and workshops geared towards professional development, business management, and more.

The program for the event on September 29th is as follows:

…and the sessions for the event on September 30th are:

Attendees will have access to on-demand content, special discounts and software savings, as well as a platform to chat live with event exhibitors. Those who attend on September 30th will also be eligible to use their certificate of attendance towards 10 ATA Continuing Education points.

The event is free to attend, and those who are registered will be able to view all listings from agencies and LSPs that have recruitment needs.

You can register to attend the virtual conference here: http://www.proz.com/virtual-conferences/group/23/register

While you’re at it, be sure to check out this past blog post for tips and advice on how to get the most out of your virtual event experience: http://prozcomblog.com/2013/07/24/translation-events-101-virtual-events/

Hope to see you all there!

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Did you know the virtual event series coincides with the announcement of this year’s winners of the ProZ.com Community Choice Awards? Keep an eye on http://www.proz.com/community-choice-awards to see who won!