Summer time is smoothie time!

Although we are not as spoiled for good weather here in the UK as some of us would prefer, we still get our fair share of summery weather, too. And when it’s boiling outside and we can hardly concentrate on our screen, there is nothing better than a cold, refreshing, fruit-packed smoothie.

You can put literally anything in a smoothie and make it sweet or tangy — options for personalisation are endless! However, sometimes it is difficult to make a decision when you are overwhelmed by choices, so some info from one of First Edition’s latest projects (which was part of a monthly magazine translation endeavour for Monsieur Cuisine via the German publisher NGV) might come in handy.

In this article, which we translated from German, you can find some great tips and tricks to make the most of your smoothie for a vitamin-filled drink. You can learn about the best ingredients to add to your morning or afternoon drink.

And if you are still not sold on the idea of trying a smoothie this summer, you might be convinced if you look at the benefits listed in the article:

  1. Smoothies are always quick to make: all it takes is a blender and some fresh fruit and veg. It’s ready in a matter of seconds. These days, you can also buy freshly made smoothies here, there and everywhere.
  2. You can have them anytime, anywhere: whether you’re on the train, at work, at a picnic or on the beach, a smoothie makes the perfect thing to take along with you.
  3. Good food: if you’re making your smoothies yourself, you always know exactly what’s in them. And that will mostly be unprocessed foods. A smoothie often makes a much healthier alternative to snacks or even meals.
  4. Less waste: You might have a banana with a few brown spots, a slightly limp lettuce or an overly ripe avocado, but they can all go into your smoothie without impairing the taste whatsoever. Smoothies are great for using up leftovers, so you don’t end up with masses of food waste.
  5. Simply healthy: with the right ingredients, a smoothie can be a true elixir of health. It can detoxify your body, replace whole meals and supply you with energy, vitamins and lots more nutrients.

Source: Monsieur Cuisine Magazine, translated from German by FE’s team

Now that we have finished this fun and informative translation at First Edition, we are certainly not sitting on the fence any more about the benefits of smoothies!

Our Project Manager, Melanie, who was looking after this project, enjoyed managing this fun German to English translation: “This was another nice little translation project for Monsieur Cuisine, which was especially delightful as I regularly enjoy a smoothie myself for my morning breakfast. I enjoyed reading the text and learning more about smoothies!”

Erika, NGV’s Editor responsible for the Monsieur Cuisine projects has been satisfied with the translations and project management First Edition offer, and not just for this particular article:

“Thank you, Melanie and team, for translating the magazine texts every month! It’s great to know that we can always count on you to keep the Monsieur Cuisine world alive with your translations.”

Erika B., Editor at NGV’s International Editing Department

Do you have any questions about smoothies? (After all, we are now semi-experts!) Or do you have another, translation-related enquiry?

Get in touch with us via email at translations@firstedit.co.uk, and our friendly project managers will be more than happy to help you!

Post-editing machine translation with a human touch

Nowadays machine translation is all the rage in the localisation industry. It has been for a while now; we actually first wrote about it back in 2011 – to warn people against its use! Then the subject matter has popped up from time to time on our blog, and as machines slowly started to produce more and more passable outputs, our views have gradually shifted from our initial rejection to acceptance.

Machine translation has come a long way since it first appeared in commercial settings: in many of the most popular language combinations the raw output of machine translation provides a good base that actually aids the work of human translators and helps them enhance their productivity and efficiency.

For this reason, First Edition Translations now offer PEMT, which is Translatorese for post-editing machine translation.

PEMT might be right choice for repetitive texts, medical and technical documentations where there is a huge body of text available to initially train the dedicated, subject-specific translation engine and the same or similar phrases and terms appear again and again across various documents. The more specific “training” the machine gets, the better the raw output. (For this reason alone we do not recommend using any free, generic machine translation services for your documents. And then we shouldn’t forget about all those pesky confidentiality issues with those either!)

Our job at First Edition starts with the raw text that we receive from our clients. We offer full PEMT which means that the final result reads no different from a human-translated text. Our translators and post-editing experts go through the whole text, compare it against the original, make sure it is accurate, they check for grammar and spelling issues and tidy up the style, too. It is similar to the work of a regular reviewer, however, as machines tend to make different mistakes than humans, our PEMT experts must be even more vigilant and they need to keep an eye out for any unusual errors. They need to make sure that the translation is accurate, it uses the approved industry-specific terminology and it is compliant with the latest templates and regulations, as compliance can make or break a medical or technical document. And naturally, our editors always ensure that it reads as if it was written by a living, breathing human.

Are you interested in requesting PEMT from First Edition Translations? Get in touch with us via translations@firstedit.co.uk and ask one of our team!

A (translation) miracle at carnival

a (translation) miracle at carnivalTake an Italian children’s book author, a mysterious mask, a project manager, a translator and an editor, add a bit of Venetian magic to the mix and wham! – you are in the middle of one of First Edition Translation’s most intriguing projects of the past few months: localising the Italian edition of A Miracle at Carnival for English readers.

The setting for the story is enchanted Venice where Olivia, the daughter of a traditional mask-maker is tasked to deliver a mask to an enigmatic Contessa who lives on a neighbouring island. Throughout her journey, Olivia meets stranger than strange characters… Just like Olivia on her mission, we also went on a quest where we met several exciting editorial translation challenges along the way… and chatted with the team behind bringing this project to life. Continue reading A (translation) miracle at carnival

Karima’s first three months

This is your second time with First Edition as you first started with us in 2011 and have been “away” for 8 years. Is it a different experience now? Has anything changed compared to the first time?

Eight years, three children, a global pandemic and remote working – not to mention the new management – mean that my second stint at FE is certainly different to the first! Continue reading Karima’s first three months

Brigitta’s first 200 projects

Brigitta's first 200 projectsBack in September 2020 a new team member, Brigitta Bacsai joined First Edition’s busy commercial team. She is a seasoned translation project manager with several years of experience in the industry, however, her first half a year – or 200 projects if you like – at First Edition have still brought some surprises for her and provided some learning opportunities.

Read our brief interview with Brigitta to find out more! Continue reading Brigitta’s first 200 projects

Meet our new team member, Karima – again!

Last month we greeted a new team member, Brigitta at the Commercial Department and today we are glad to welcome another new (well… returning) team member at our Editorial Department. Everyone, meet Karima!

Some of you might remember her from 9 years ago when she first joined First Edition. Karima has now returned once again to her role at our Editorial Team.

We’ve asked her to tell us a bit more about herself and what she has been up to in the last few years. (We are nosy like that!) Continue reading Meet our new team member, Karima – again!

Meet our new team member – Brigitta!

Brigitta BacsaiWe would like to welcome a new team member at First Edition today, Brigitta Bacsai, the latest addition to our busy commercial team. Some of you might have already been in touch with her this week, as she might have answered your enquiries, queries and helped you get things done. Continue reading Meet our new team member – Brigitta!

Meet the Translator – Sabine

Last year we started a new blog series, “Meet the Translator”, in which you could read about the translation professionals behind the scenes: those people who use their years of experience and vast knowledge to prepare the translated version of your important and invaluable documents. So far, you could “meet” Adriana who has been part of our team since 1990, Tim, the finance-director-turned-translator and Kerryann who always knew the best profession for her was something to do with languages.

We would like to restart this wonderful series to show you who work on your translations with us. This week, we brought Sabine to you, who is not only great with words but has a knack for farming. Continue reading Meet the Translator – Sabine

E-commerce Essentials

e-commerce essentialsWhat do you need for a successful e-commerce site?

According to some recent estimates, the number of online shoppers will rise to 2.05 billion by the end of 2020. (That is one quarter of the whole planet’s population!) This number has been on a steady upward climb in the last few years and it is sure to further increase.

There are several factors you need to take into consideration in order to maximise your sales on your e-commerce site. Continue reading E-commerce Essentials

Typesetting 101 for Buyers

Typesetting 101

Back in the olden days, so-called sorts or types – which represented individual letters and symbols – were selected and placed in a form one by one to make up a page. The aptly named typesetters specialised in this onerous task.

With the advent of the digital era, the manual aspect of the job has gotten a bit simpler, however, this does not mean that anyone could do it. If you want the best results, you’ll need specialist typesetters! Continue reading Typesetting 101 for Buyers