James’ book corner – Death and the Penguin

death and the penguinAs you might expect from the team at a translation agency, we are avid readers who often enjoy translated literature. This week James has brought us an interesting lockdown-read, Death and the Penguin by Ukrainian author Andrey Kurkov. Continue reading James’ book corner – Death and the Penguin

Book translation 101 for Buyers

book translation 101

In our previous Language Industry 101 posts we looked at what translation, revision, editing and proofreading are. While the general ideas are the same for all kinds of projects, there are some differences in how these tasks are approached depending on the project at hand.

As our Editorial Department primarily handles book translations, today we’ll tell you a bit more about how we deal with these kinds of projects and how we can help you make your book translation process seamless from text production to getting the publication ready for your printers. Continue reading Book translation 101 for Buyers

The triumphant return of Ana’s weekend tips!

Hey everybody, some tips for the weekend! 🙂

Ana's tips

The Last Dance  – was Michael Jordan the best ever basketball player? PROBABLY YES. The Last Dance is a new Netflix series following Jordan’s last season with the Chicago Bulls, going back and forth in time and following him and his teammates through time. It is REALLY good and I am not by any means a sports fan. It is also about sports politics, about fame and celebrity, and dedication to something you love. The only problem with this series is that they release two episodes at a time on Mondays. There are four so far and I wish ALL OF IT WAS AVAILABLE SO I COULD BINGE.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is now on Netflix! One of my fave spy movies ever. It is so GOOD and so much fun. I wish there were ONE MILLION MORE of these. Another super great movie that landed on Netflix recently is Crimson Peak, a great horror story, with a dash of Gothic Drama and a super fun twist.

The Guest List by Lucy Foley – Just read this new thriller and it is really fun! A wedding on a remote island, multiple guests with secrets, a murdered body. WHO IS THE KILLER, but most importantly, WHO IS THE VICTIM.

“See” you on Monday,

Ana

Lockdown Diaries: Jenny’s coronavirus handcuffs

Laughter truly is a balm during these difficult times so when Jenny, one of our favourite English editors and proofreaders, got in touch to tell us about her special knitting and crocheting project, we all welcomed the respite – and decided to share Jenny’s ingenious idea with you all.

Jenny has come up with an individual solution for a problem that has been bothering many in the past few weeks: how to stop us from touching our own faces! Continue reading Lockdown Diaries: Jenny’s coronavirus handcuffs

CAT tool 101 for Buyers

CAT toolsCATs are the translator’s trusty companions: they can provide support to them in difficult times. When looked after properly, CATs will show their gratitude to their masters but they will also very clearly tell them if they are doing something they don’t like!

No, we are not talking about fuzzy feline friends (although “fuzzy” will come up later), we are talking about CAT tools, which is short for computer-assisted or computer-aided translation tools.

CAT tools are handy pieces of software and working with them is virtually a must for any successful translator nowadays. In this article we will be looking at different aspects of these tools and how they can aid translators and translation project managers in their work, which of course, in the great scheme of things, is also beneficial for you! Continue reading CAT tool 101 for Buyers

Ana’s tips for a weekend indoors – long weekend edition!

Easter weekend

Hello everybody,

Who is ready for the long Easter weekend?  I am actually looking forward to the break – we have all been running and working non-stop since this madness started, so I expect we are all ready for a few days of not working and relaxing indoors.

So here are some suggestions for the weekend: Continue reading Ana’s tips for a weekend indoors – long weekend edition!

Ana’s tips for a weekend indoors – No. 2

Ana's tips for the weekendAnother week of working from home: CONQUERED! A round of applause to us all! 🙂

My top tips for this weekend are: Continue reading Ana’s tips for a weekend indoors – No. 2

Ana’s tips for a weekend indoors

Hello everybody,

Ana Grilo
Ana Grilo, Senior Commercial Manager

I hope you are all keeping safe and well and since it’s now time for social distancing, I am going to suggest a couple of stay-at-home activities for the weekend that could be helpful in these times – keeping mental health (and maybe avoid checking the news every hour – mea culpa, mea maxima culpa) is as important as physical health as you know.

So here are some suggestions! Continue reading Ana’s tips for a weekend indoors

Proofreading 101 for Buyers

Proofreading 101 for buyersIn our last blog post you could read about editing which is a highly recommended step before arranging the text in its final layout. Today, you can find out more about the next phase, proofreading which is carried out after the text has been typeset. Continue reading Proofreading 101 for Buyers

Editing 101 for Buyers

EditingLast month we gave you a short introduction to revision, during which a second professional translator looks at the translated text and compares it against the source to make sure it is an accurate translation. We briefly mentioned that there are lots of similarities between revision and editing, so this time we’d like to explore these – together with the differences between these two services.
Continue reading Editing 101 for Buyers