SeproTec Translator of the Month: October 2018

noviembre 16th, 2018 | Posted by admin in Blog | SeproTec | Traducción | Translator of the Month | Translators - (Comentarios desactivados)

We announce the thirteenth winner of our Translator of the Month action at SeproTec!

This initiative is our way to way to say thank you! and recognize the efforts of the industry professionals: translators, the driving force behind every translation company’s success.

In this ocassion we would like you to meet Piotr Tomsia and we would like to invite you to read a short interview with him.

Piotr, what do you start your work day with?

I am an avid fan of daily routines, so I always try to start my days off in a similar fashion. Almost every day I get up at 6 AM. Next, I make some coffee (and I’m an even bigger fan of coffee) and sit down with my laptop. I spend the next 30 to 45 minutes reading. It’s not purely for informative reasons. It also helps me get in rhythm for the day. After about an hour I start proofreading translations from the day before. This way, I get to do some work before the usual 9 AM deadlines and find time for sports (mostly basketball!) and other activities in the afternoon.

When did you realize you wanted to pursue a career in translation?

I believe I first started considering a career in translation in high school. However back then I mostly wanted to work with languages in any kind of manner. It was only a couple of years later, at university, that I realized translation and interpreting were the two things that I enjoyed the most. After graduating I started an internship, which convinced me that this was the right thing to do. It also helped to have some of the nicest and brightest people I have ever met as my teachers.

 If you could speak any foreign language, which would it be and why?

My wife always tells me I have a knack for Italian. I do love this country and its culture (food isn’t bad either, right?) so there must be something in it. It would also be nice to speak Mandarin and see what that part of the world is up to. Or maybe Japanese? It’s very hard to pick just one but I would ultimately go with Italian. It would greatly help with exploring the country’s culinary secrets J

What do you most enjoy about working with SeproTec?

This particular question is easier because the thing that I enjoy the most is also the thing that I am most impressed with. It’s the work culture. SeproTec is like a well-oiled machine. Every person in the company that I interact with is very professional and goes above and beyond to make everything clear, provide help and answer every single question. It makes my work a lot less complicated!

 In your opinion, which are the most important challenges in the translation industry nowadays?

In my view, the most important challenge that the translation industry (or maybe the translators themselves) faces is the pace of work and ever-tighter deadlines. Clients often require very quick services. It may pose a problem since everyone has to work on several projects at the same time. This in turn requires greater efficiency and organizational skills, and not everyone is up for the challenge.

 

Thank you Piotr, dzięki! Enjoy your SeproTec hoodie and thank you for your cooperation!

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We have a pleasure to announce the twelfth winner of our Translator of the Month action at SeproTec!

This initiative is our way to way to say thank you! and recognize the efforts of the industry professionals: translators, the driving force behind every translation company’s success.

In this ocassion we would like you to meet Gareth Harding and we would like to invite you to read a short interview with him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gareth, what do you start your work day with?

As I work from home and don’t have to travel to work, I start my working day reading the news on my computer while eating breakfast.

When did you realize you wanted to pursue a career in translation? 

I decided I wanted to work as a translator after I moved to Spain with my wife and family and found teaching English was not for me.

If you hadn’t become a translator, then what do you think you would have done? 

Prior to working as a translator I was an environmental consultant for many years in London. It was very interesting work, every project was different and I was using my science background to solve problems and also learning about engineering and finance.

If you could speak any foreign language, which would it be and why? 

I guess it would be Chinese or really any language with a totally different structure from the Latin-based languages. This would give an interesting insight into a different way of looking at and thinking about the world.

What do you most enjoy about working with SeproTec? 

The variety of the work and being able to use my scientific background and knowledge.

Human Translation vs Machine Translation – what do you think? 

Machine Translation is improving all the time and is now excellent, but I think humans will always be needed to edit the output from machine translation.

 

Thank you, Gareth. We really enjoy working with you! Enjoy your SeproTec hoodie :)

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We are proud to inform that we have extended our bronze sponsorship for Translators without Borders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TwB know that #LanguageMatters and we know that #WordsMatter.

TWB has recently responded to the European refugee crisis, the Caribbean hurricanes, and the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh, among others. As one of the most critical issues TwB are dealing with is the Rohingya refugee crisis, we strongly encourage you to read the ‘Report from the Field‘ by Andrew Bredenkamp, Chairman of Translators without Borders Board of Directors.

‘Access to information in a language someone can understand is a human right, above all in humanitarian crises. Communicating in the right language helps people feel empowered, dignified and safe.’

We are proud to be part of this effort.

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Happy International Translation Day 2018!

septiembre 30th, 2018 | Posted by admin in SeproTec | Traducción - (Comentarios desactivados)

30. September has been celebrated worldwide as International Translation Day since 1991, when it was established by the IFT (International Federation of Translators). At SeproTec, we know that the role of translators and interpreters in the globalized world is essential and we celebrate this day in recognition of our translators and interpreters around the world. We know that without their hard work, we would not succeed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a big Thank you! for all your hard work and efforts!

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SeproTec Translator of the Month: August 2018

septiembre 27th, 2018 | Posted by admin in International | SeproTec | Traducción - (Comentarios desactivados)

Let us announce the eleventh winner of the Translator of the Month action at SeproTec!

This initiative is our way to way to say thank you! and recognize the efforts of the industry professionals: translators, the driving force behind every translation company’s success.

In this ocassion we would like you to meet Virginia Santos, our translator and a real polyglot! Have a cup of tea and take a moment to read this very interesting interview!

 

What do you start your work day with?

Unless I have an urgent project that must be finished or is due that same day, my working day starts with, I must admit, a certain amount of laziness and self-reproach: “I am getting up far too late again! This is because I went to bed too late once more! I’m hopeless… and it took me one hour to eat breakfast!” … Then I start to approach the work with caution: I turn on the computer, and I look for some song, some information that I’m interested in… until it comes to a point where I tell myself “enough of this idleness!!!” And at that point I start to work with full focus, to the point where I can spend many hours translating without realizing it.

When did you realize you wanted to pursue a career in translation?

Actually…never. I have always been, as far as I can remember, very excited about languages, and was heading in that direction in a natural way, without giving it much thought . In addition to that, this job fitted in perfectly with my lifestyle: it allowed me not only to work with languages all the time, but also to travel abroad with scholarships to continue studying them and to attend courses on many other subjects with freedom of schedules… Every day I thank Heaven for all the good things that this job brings me.

Virginia, you translate into Spanish from Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, English, German, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Slovak and Ukrainian. How did you become so interested (and proficient) in all these languages?

It’s impossible to answer this question in a few lines…

My interest for languages goes back to the time when, under circumstances which would take me too long to explain,  suddenly something “clicked” inside of me and I understood that languages are like mathematics (which I loved): absolutely logical, perfect, everything they are and happens to them has a reason for being and needs to happen; and that, each language, in its own way, is beautiful, they are all beautiful , insurmountable, boundless. They are like doors to the infinite, perfect and complete forms of seeing and interpreting the world…This wonder of the phenomenon (I would almost say “miracle”) of language and of each language in particular, has reaffirmed and strengthened itself with each new language I have studied, including the Slavic languages.

In the case of the Slavic languages, what fascinates me particularly about them is the etymology of the words: the concepts are very clear and very structured. There is so much order and logic in them that I have been able to encompass with relative ease, not only the whole Slavic branch, but through them I have come to better understand Latin (the construction of which is very clean, perfect, very similar to that of the Slavic languages) and as a consequence I have been acquiring a deeper understanding of Castilian, which is my own language. That is, thanks to the Slavic languages I have come to understand myself better and I have realized how my mother tongue reflects my own construction of the world.

The Slavic world also fascinates me because of the enormous richness of realities that it embraces: several continents, many and very diverse climates, numerous geographical regions (north, south, east, west), diverse religions, very different political systems, even various alphabets… It is a grandiose world. At a more personal level, I owe very much to this Slavic world: specifically to many flesh and bone Slavic people and to many experiences lived in those countries that have shaped me and are an intimate part of me.

And as far as proficiency… it is relatively simple. If you love what you do because it makes your life richer every day and if you add to that a personality (my own) that is perfectionist by nature (for better or for worse) and a dedication of time and effort which is almost unreasonable… it is inevitable to acquire proficiency!

If you hadn’t become a translator, then what do you think you would have done?

I wouldn’t know what to answer. There are many jobs that I like and that I am very strongly attracted to, but the truth is that I have found them because of my job as a translator. Translation takes me into many worlds and allows me, as well, to continuously study new things about other subjects that I am interested in.

Concurrently with my job, I have been trained in foot reflexology, pedagogy, body theology and many other things, with which I would like to work. When I now think about professions I like, I think that I would very much like to work as a childhood teacher or with babies, as a language teacher at university or as a foot reflexologist; and, of course I intend to keep on studying because there are many other topics that I am interested in and that I would like to investigate.

There is another job which I hold sacred and that I respect more than any other and it is the job of the home-maker. The real home-maker, the one who “makes a home”, who creates the warmth and the excellence in the quotidian “small big things”. I dream of that job because I believe that if more intelligent women dedicated themselves to the task, this work alone, would restore, in today´s world, the humanity and the warmth that it so direly needs.

What do you most enjoy about working with SeproTec?

Many things. In the first place, the people of the team are wonderful. It is super pleasant to work with them; they take into account my circumstances, and they try to adapt the conditions of the project at hand to fit my needs. In the second place, there is a consistency in our collaboration and in the genre of projects, that allows me to work with a lot of systematicity and order. In the third place, I can see that SeproTec is a very serious and responsible company in administrative and tax matters, etc. And last, but not least, I am especially fond of SeproTec because it was the first company to offer me the opportunity to work as a translator at the moment when I had just obtained my degree and had yet a lot to learn. That opportunity meant a lot to me in many areas of my life, it opened many doors and ways, and it is something for which I am exceedingly grateful.

What do you think are the greatest challenges for the translation industry nowadays?

If the challenge is for the translation industry, then the challenge for any industry is always to be more efficient, to make more money… On the other hand, if the challenge is for translation, as a human activity, or for the translators as its architects, I would say that the challenges we face are several:

1. To be able to take advantage of computer-assisted translation tools without dehumanising ourselves, without acting like machines, without killing the language, impoverishing it with clichés and subjecting it to a deadly and vulgar globalization. We must take advantage of all the benefits of technical advances, without falling into mechanicism. We should be able to save the soul of the language: it would not help us to look for greater efficiency and profit, if we were to lose the nuances and subtleties that only a sensitive an educated human being can grasp.

2. To understand that knowledge or competence do not necessarily go hand in hand with degrees or formal qualifications. The obsession for qualification certificates and degrees and the fear of “professional intrusion” impoverish the world, in my opinion, and may be the enemies of things well done. It is undeniable that in the field of translation there are many competent translators that may be initially trained as doctors or engineers etc. It would be absurd to close the doors to them. It is also be the case that university careers in Spain do note even cover all the existing demands of translation. Do we have, for example, schools that train translators from Turkish, Wolof or Quechua? And, nevertheless, the translations from those languages may be needed. I think that reality should govern over formal qualifications, and that the work should be done by whoever does it well, independently of the degrees that that person has or doesn´t have. Socrates did not need to have a degree in Philosophy from the University of Athens to be founder of Philosophy itself… In a world that searches for truth, it is the individual who creates the qualification, and not the other way around.

3. Everybody who speaks, but especially linguists and translators have the responsibility of looking after the language, nowadays exposed to a type of violence to suit specific ideologies and an attempt to manipulate it into a mediocre version of itself; and this is, I believe, happening everywhere. This responsibility compels us to act firmly to maintain its logic, its clarity, its rigour and its Beauty, even when that implies our effective opposition to the clumsy, toxic and chaotic innovations of the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language.

Thank you so much, Virginia! Enjoy your SeproTec hoodie :)

 

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As part of its goal of supporting and integrating the most innovative initiatives within its sector, SeproTec has shown its support for the LocWorld organisation by agreeing to be a corporate bag sponsor of its 2018 events in Europe and the States.

The autumn event will be held at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle from 17 till 19 October 2018 and SeproTec will be exhibiting at booth #215.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our sponsoring of LocWorld Seattle 2018 confirms our Company’s commitment to all those initiatives which favour the growth and development of the sector and contribute to promoting and defending innovation and good practise in all of its activities.

We can’t wait!

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SeproTec Translator of the Month: July 2018

agosto 22nd, 2018 | Posted by admin in Blog | SeproTec - (Comentarios desactivados)

Let us announce the tenth winner of the Translator of the Month action at SeproTec!

This initiative is our way to way to say thank you! and recognize the efforts of the industry professionals: translators, the driving force behind every translation company’s success.

In this ocassion we would like you to meet Violet Long, a well-know professional of this house, that has been accompanying us for over a decade.

 

What do you start your work day with?

My work day starts with a glass of orange juice and reviewing my Excel spreadsheet of projects, which are ordered by due date.  Then I check my e-mail to see what new offers have come in.

When did you realize you wanted to pursue a career in translation?

I actually fell back into translation after spending over 20 years of teaching English as a Foreign Language and linguistics.  (My first degree was in translation and interpreting, Spanish and French.)   I was ‘burned out’ by teaching and translation is a great way to put together my language skills and my years of correcting student papers in fractured English!

If you hadn’t become a translator, what do you think you would have done?

I can’t imagine doing anything but translating now.  In the past it was not my first choice, I opted for teaching, but now it offers me the possibility of working from home, working as much as I want (which is usually too much!) while earning more money than I ever made as a teacher and learning about a multitude of subjects, from serious science to the most frivolous fashion.

After more than 10 years of collaboration, what do you most enjoy about working with SeproTec?

I enjoy working with Seprotec because, first of all, the project managers are all very friendly and helpful. Some I have been working with for over 10 years and they are like old friends, even though I have never met them face to face. Secondly, the company is very professional: the projects are well organized; if there are complaints over a translation, I have the opportunity to defend my wording; invoices are paid on time…

What do you think are the greatest challenges for the translation industry today?

The greatest challenge for the industry, from a translator’s point of view, is keeping up with the technology.  At the same time, technology is a double-edged sword.  On the positive side, having a fast, reliable computer, a fast connection for handling big files, and software that makes the translation process easier, plus, of course, that infinite source of knowledge, the Internet, are a boon to all translators.  However, on the negative side, the use of automatic translation can lead to stilted, unnatural translations that take more time to review than they would to translate from scratch, and the Internet is also full of misleading articles that are themselves bad translations!    Also, investing in the latest technology is expensive and can even be counter-productive, e.g., if the client has not invested in the latest version and there is no backward compatibility.

What is your life motto?

My motto is “Patience et longueur du temps font plus que force ni rage” (Patience and length of time do more than force and rage – La Fontaine).  It reminds me to take a deep breath when I get upset and frustrated as staying calm makes it much easier to find a solution to any problem.   I read this quote first at school in French class, in a La Fontaine fable, and it has been my motto ever since.

 

Thank you Violet from SeproTec’s team.  Enjoy you hoodie!

 

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SeproTec Translator of the Month: June 2018

agosto 6th, 2018 | Posted by admin in Blog | Localización | SeproTec | Traducción - (Comentarios desactivados)

 

Let us announce the ninth winner of the Translator of the Month action at SeproTec!

We have launched the initiative back in September 2017 and this is a way to say Thank you! and recognize the efforts of the industry professionals: translators, the driving force behind every translation company’s success.

 

Meet Sandrine Harris! Sandrine was so kind to answer our questions – so here we go!

What do you start your work day with?

I always start my day with a cup of tea while going through my e-mails and checking my planning for the day.

When did you realize you wanted to pursue translation career?

I became a translator 20 years ago when I moved from England to Reims, France to follow my husband. At the time I was a R&D Manager for a cosmetic company but if I wanted to get a similar job, I would have had to travel over 2 hours as the companies were located in Paris so I did not consider this option having a young child. By chance, I came across a job advertisement looking for a freelance FR-EN patent translator in Chemistry. My scientific background fitted their requirements and it all started from there.

If you wouldn´t have become a translator, then what would you do?

I probably would still be a R&D Manager in a chemistry company and as a consequence not spending too much time with my family.

What do you enjoy about working with SeproTec?

I like all the team members I have worked with so far. Everybody is very nice, so polite, supportive and proactive. SeproTec recognize the good work done and it is great to be rewarded.

 What do you think are the greatest challenges of the translation industry nowadays?

I think the biggest challenges are to be better than machine translation tools that have been improving at a fast rate over the last 5 years. To do so, the translator must be fast, reliable, very accurate and provide perfect and high quality translations.

What is your favourite book?

It’s a recent French book and I do not think it has been translated so far: “Juste avant le Bonheur” by Agnès Ledig. I love her style and the positive message she conveyed despite such tragic events.

 

Thank you, Sandrine, and enjoy your SeproTec hoodie! It’s a real pleasure to work with you :)

 

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SeproTec Translator of the Month: May 2018

junio 25th, 2018 | Posted by admin in Blog | SeproTec | Traducción - (Comentarios desactivados)

Let us announce the eight winner of the Translator of the Month action at SeproTec!

We have launched the initiative back in September 2017 and this is a way to say Thank you! and recognize the efforts of the industry professionals: translators, the driving force behind every translation company’s success.

Meet Raffaele Tutino, our May Translator of the Month and read our interview with him.

What do you start your work day with?

Usually I start the day checking the news that I can easily find through social apps on my mobile phone, like Twitter and LinkedIn, then I check my email.

 

When did you realize you wanted to pursue translation career?

After a degree in Foreign Languages and Literature, I attended a master’s degree in Software Localization. During this course I understood that I wanted to become a translator.

 

If you wouldn´t have become a translator, then what would you do?

Maybe a University researcher in French literature. Fortunately, apart from being a freelance translator, currently I’m also working as a professor at University but in Translation subjects.

 

What do you enjoy about working with SeproTec?

The project managers are very nice, flexible and they always understand  my needs.

 

What do you think are the greatest challenges of the translation industry nowadays?

I think it’s important to know how to cope with the ever-changing needs of the translation industry. Translators must adapt to new requirements and trends and they always must stay up-to-date on what’s happening in the industry. Ongoing training, fexibility and ability to adapt are key factors to success.

 

What is your favourite book?

“Zeno’s conscience”, by Italian author Italo Svevo.

 

Grazie, Raffaele! It’s a pleasure to work with you! Hope you’ll enjoy your SeproTec hoodie :)

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Do untranslatable words exist?

junio 20th, 2018 | Posted by admin in Blog - (Comentarios desactivados)

Although we may wish it weren’t true, translation is not an exact science. There are around six thousand different languages in the world. Just think of your own language… it only shares a linguistic group with a dozen others. So are there any difficult-to-translate, or even untranslatable words? Of course, there are. Untranslatable words do exist.

The reason is fairly obvious. Cultural groups have their own characteristics and idiosyncrasies. We humans have different habits and daily routines, our own specific sense of humor and ways of living in society that differ around the world. That is why we invent the words we need to describe our circumstances and the events that occur in our everyday lives. Just think about how different life is in Japan and in Spain… Naturally, the languages created by these societies are totally different in both countries, because the people that live in each have devised words to describe the most important aspects of their lived experiences. It is interesting to compare the different cultural aspects of different languages. For example, Arabic is full of words and expressions that describe passion, while the German is brimming with references to food.

The work of the translator consists of finding efficient ways to define those difficult-to-translate concepts. This means that interpreting the meaning of words is very important to those of us who speak other languages.

The following is a list of some of interesting impossible-to-translate words.

Interpretations of untranslatable words

Tsundoku (Japanese). Buying a book but not reading it. Leaving it sitting there with the other books you haven’t read.

Sobremesa (Spanish).  The moments after a meal that Spanish people enjoy so much, spent relaxing and chatting.

Samar (Arabic). When the night flies because you’ve had such a good time with your friends.

Kummerspeck (German). Literally translated it means “sadness bacon”. It describes the extra pounds we pile on when we binge eat to forget our sorrows.

Saudade (Portuguese). One of the best known. Our Portuguese neighbors use this word to talk about that unquenchable desire you feel for someone or something that doesn’t exist, or something once loved but lost.

Kilig (Tagalog). The familiar feeling of having butterflies in your stomach.

Ohrwurm (German). Literally a ‘worm in the ear’, this word describes that maddening feeling of getting a tune stuck in your head.

Trepverter (Yiddish). The witty, clever retort you only think of when it’s too late. It literally means “staircase words”.

L´appel du vide (French). A longing to do something that will get your adrenaline pumping. The French use this expression when they need to jump from high places.

Jayus (Indonesian). A joke that is so bad that you just have to laugh.

Gheele (Tagalog). An irresistible urge to pinch or squeeze something adorable or plump, like a baby’s cheek.

Las palabras intraducibles en los diferentes idiomas del mundo

 

Fika (Swedish). A get-together to escape from the routine, with coffee and pastries.

Sgiomlaireachd (Gaelic). Annoying people who interrupt a meal between dishes.

Vergüenza ajena (Spanish). That cringing feeling you get when you see other people making fools of themselves.

There are just a few of many impossible-to-translate words and expressions.  If they have piqued your interest, we recommend you read Lost in Translation, an illustrated compendium of untranslatable words from around the world, by Ella Frances Sanders.  But before we go, we have to share one we love. At SeproTec we adore Ya’aburnee, which literally means “you bury me” in Arabic. It expresses a desire to die before another person does, because you just couldn’t bear them to go first.

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