A Practical Guide for Translators

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A Practical Guide for Translators

TOPICS IN TRANSLATION Series Editors: Susan Bassnett, University of Warwick, UK Edwin Gentzler,University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA Editor for Translation in the Commercial Environment: Geoffrey Samuelsson-Brown,University of Surrey, UK

TOPICS IN TRANSLATION Editor for Translation in the Commercial Environment: Geoffrey Samuelsson-Brown

A Practical Guide for Translators
(Fifth Edition)
Geoffrey Samuelsson-Brown

MULTILINGUAL MATTERS Bristol • Buffalo • Toronto

Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data Samuelsson-Brown, Geoffrey A Practical Guide for Translators/Geoffrey Samuelsson-Brown. – 5th ed. Topics in Translation Includes bibliographical references and index. 1. Translating and interpreting. I. Title. P306.S25 2010 418’.02n-dc22 2010005062 British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data A catalogue entry for this book is available from the British Library. ISBN-13: 978-1-84769-251-1 (hbk) ISBN-13: 978-1-84769-259-7 (pbk) Multilingual Matters UK: St Nicholas House, 31–34 High Street, Bristol BS1 2AW. USA: UTP, 2250 Military Road, Tonawanda, NY 14150, USA. Canada: UTP, 5201 Dufferin Street, North York, Ontario M3H 5T8, Canada. Copyright © 2010 Geoffrey Samuelsson-Brown. All rights reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced in any form or by any means without permission in writing from the publisher. Typeset by Techset Compostion (P) Ltd, Salisbury, UK. Printed and bound in Great Britain by Short Run Press Ltd.

Contents
Belinda: Ay but you know how we must return good for evil Lady Brute: That must be a mistake in the translation Sir John Vanbrugh, 1664–1726

Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ix Foreword to the Fifth Edition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xi Preface to the Fifth Edition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xiii 1 How to become a translator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 ‘Oh, so you’re a translator – that’s interesting!’ A day in the life of a translator ITI’s peer support group Literary or non-literary translator? Translation and interpreting Starting life as a translator Work experience placements as a student Becoming a translator by circumstance Working as a staff translator Considering a job application Working as a freelance What is the difference between a translation company and a translation agency? Working directly with clients Test translations Recruitment competitions 2 Bilingualism – the myths and the truth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Target language and source language Target language deprivation Retaining a sharp tongue Localisation Culture shocks Stereotypes 3 The client’s viewpoint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Who should you get to translate? The service provider and the uninformed buyer How to find a translation services provider Is price any guide to quality? Communication with the translation services provider 4 Running a translation business . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Starting a business Is translation a financially rewarding career? Support offered to new businesses Counting words Quotations Private or business telephone line? Holidays Safety nets Dealing with salesmen Advertising Financial considerations Marketing and developing your services OK, where do you go from here? v

A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR TRANSLATORS 5 Your working environment and the tools of the trade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Your working environment Arranging your equipment Eye problems Buying equipment Miscellaneous items What does it all cost? Purchasing your initial equipment Ways of working 6 Machine translation and computer-aided translation....
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