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!

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!

 

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 :)

 

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 :)

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.

¿Existen las palabras intraducibles?

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


Aunque nos gustaría, la traducción no siempre es infalible. En el mundo existen en torno a seis mil idiomas distintos. Si te vas a tu propia lengua, solo compartimos un mismo tronco lingüístico con apenas unas decenas de lenguas. Esto nos hace pensar rápidamente en la posibilidad de que existan palabras con una difícil traducción, o que resulten directamente intraducibles. Y en efecto, es así: las palabras intraducibles existen.

La razón de su existencia es bastante obvia: cada pueblo comparte una serie de características y peculiaridades culturales que le son propias. Esto significa que los hábitos y las necesidades diarias, el humor y el carácter social de cada rincón del mundo es diferente en mayor o menor grado. Como consecuencia de ello, cada pueblo inventa las palabras que mejor se adaptan y definen los acontecimientos y circunstancias presentes en su día a día. Podemos imaginar, por ejemplo, que la realidad que se vive en el Japón difiere ostensiblemente de la que se vive aquí en España, y que por tanto el idioma, que es un producto de la sociedad, va a diferir necesariamente entre esos dos lugares, ya que los habitantes de cada país se encargarán de reflejar los rasgos más importantes de la realidad en la que viven. En ese sentido, resulta interesante constatar aquellos elementos culturales que recoge cada idioma. Por ejemplo, el árabe hace mucho hincapié en los conceptos pasionales, mientras que el alemán cuenta con multitud de referencias a la comida.

La labor de la traducción consiste en estos casos en ser capaz de encontrar definiciones eficaces para los conceptos que resultan difícilmente traducibles. Es decir: la interpretación adquiere un papel central para que quienes hablamos otros idiomas podamos comprender esta clase de palabras.

A continuación, encontraremos un listado con algunas de las palabras intraducibles más curiosas.

Interpretación de palabras intraducibles

Tsundoku (japonés). Comprar un libro pero no leerlo, dejándolo apilado junto otros libros que tampoco has leído.

Sobremesa (español).  Define el rato de relax y asueto, que tanto gusta a los españoles y que tiene lugar inmediatamente tras el almuerzo.

Samar (árabe). Cuando una noche pasa rápidamente porque has estado disfrutando de la compañía de tus amigos.

Kummerspeck (alemán). Su traducción literal es “tocino de pena”. Define el peso que ganamos cuando comemos compulsivamente para ahogar las penas.

Saudade (portugués). Una de las más conocidas. Con ella, nuestros vecinos portugueses aluden a ese deseo constante por alguien o algo que en realidad no existe, o que quisimos un día y finalmente perdimos.

Kilig (tagalo). Esta palabra define la típica sensación de tener mariposas en el estómago.

Ohrwurm (alemán). Literalmente el gusano en la oreja, esta palabra describe esa molesta sensación cuando una canción se te mete en la cabeza y no puedes parar de canturrearla.

Trepverter (yidis). Esa respuesta o frase ingeniosa que se nos ocurre cuando es demasiado tarde. Literalmente se traduce como “palabras de escaleras”.

L´appel du vide (francés). Es esa necesidad de hacer algo que te dispare la adrenalina, una expresión a la que recurren los franceses cuando tienen necesidad de saltar desde lugares altos.

Jayus (indonesio). Un chiste tan malo que al final te tienes que reír.

Gheele (filipino). Es ese impulso irrefrenable de pellizcar o apretar algo que les parece adorable y muy tierno, como los mofletes de los bebés.

Las palabras intraducibles en los diferentes idiomas del mundo

Fika (sueco). Reunión para desconectar de la rutina, con cafés y dulces.

Sgiomlaireachd (gaélico). Personas inoportunas que interrumpe una comida entre plato y plato.

Vergüenza ajena (español). Es esa sensación de vergüenza que se siente por lo que hacen o dicen otros.

Estas son algunas de las muchas palabras o expresiones intraducibles que existen.  Si sientes curiosidad, te recomendamos el libro Lost in Translation, un compendio ilustrado de palabras intraducibles de todas partes del mundo escrito por Ella Frances Sanders.  Pero aún queda nuestra favorita: en SeproTec nos encanta Ya’aburnee, literalmente “tú me entierras a mí” en árabe. La palabra se refieren al deseo de preferir morir antes que otra persona, por no poder soportarlo.