SeproTec Translator of the Month: October 2020

noviembre 17th, 2020 | Posted by admin in Blog | Translator of the Month - (Comentarios desactivados)

Rebekah Edwards is a relatively new translator at SeproTec but has quickly become and important resource within the life science patent translation area.  Fluently speaking 3 languages, Rebeah is the winner of our October edition of the Translation of the Month  action.

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.

Translator of the Month winner, October 2020

  

What does your dream career as a translator look like? Has it been fulfilled?

I don’t know if I have a clear picture of my dream career. Before I went freelance that was my goal, especially so I could enjoy the freedom and flexibility of being able to work whenever and wherever I wanted. For obvious reasons, this year I haven’t been able to enjoy much of the latter, so I’m not quite living the dream in that respect! Otherwise, I’m very happy with how things are panning out so far.

However, I’m also conscious that there’s always more to learn, whether that’s diving deeper into my specialisms or discovering a new one. I’m also (slowly) learning Dutch, so it would be great to add that as an additional language pair one day!

You studied an MA in Technical and Specialised Translation (medical, legal, construction, EU and journalistic fields), that’s impressive! How important do you think it is for a translator to specialise?

During my MA studies I was exposed to a great variety of texts and technical fields. This taught me more about how to specialise in a specific field. It also taught me a lot about what not to specialise in and why it’s not a good idea to try to do it all.

When content has been produced by a specialist in the field in the source language, I think it’s important that it’s then also translated by someone who knows what they’re talking about in the target language!

Have you ever encountered an ethical or moral dilemma on a translation project? How did you handle it?

Not really… although there are certain areas I prefer not to work in, such as defence and military. In these cases I’ve just been open about this with the client, and they’ve generally been very understanding.

You are one of our most regular and trusted patent translators. How did you become interested in this specific field of the industry?

After I graduated, I worked in-house at a translation agency with a lot of big patent clients, so it was there that I learnt all about them and their specific style. I also had the opportunity to help them develop patent-specific style guides and glossaries, which was a great way to expand my knowledge.
I think a lot of translators find patents a little daunting, and some might say boring… Once you get to know how they work, though, they can be like putting together a puzzle, which is very satisfying.

How do you keep yourself motivated?

I find it hard to stay motivated if I’m bored or not enjoying the texts I’m working on. A variety of different projects is key! So, while I enjoy working on patents, I also like to get stuck into something a little lighter, especially if it’s anything to do with food or drink.
I also find it helpful to remind myself why I love working for myself and that I never have to commute again!

What do you like best about cooperating with SeproTec?

Just how easy it is! All of the project managers are really friendly and excellent at what they do, so I can just focus on actually translating.

 

Thanks so much Rebekah for your time and good work. We really enjoy working with you! Enjoy your SeproTec hoodie 

SeproTec Translator of the Month: September 2020

noviembre 4th, 2020 | Posted by admin in Blog | Translator of the Month - (Comentarios desactivados)

We would like to introduce you to Victoria Pastor de Meer, who is passionate about Law. Victoria has managed to combine her passion with her vocation as a translator and works in 3 languages on a regular basis. Not happy with it, Victoria is always on a continuous training mood, now is the turn for studying Dutch and Romanian.

Victoria is the winner of the September 2020 edition of our Translator of the Month action,  an initiative to say thank you! and recognize the efforts of the industry professionals: translators, the driving force behind every translation company’s success.

Let’s have a chat with Victoria.

 

How would your perfect day start?

A few months ago, the answer to this question would have been very different, but in these difficult times that we are facing, my best day would start reading the headline that the COVID-19 pandemic is finally over and life is back to normal.

 

As a translator, you specialize in the legal field. When did you decide to specialize and why did you choose this particular field?

I decided to specialize in legal translation when I was studying my translation degree at university. I opted for this particular field since Law has always drawn my attention. In fact, some time before starting my translation degree I was considering studying law, although I finally decided to study translation because languages are my true vocation.

 

What is your biggest strength as a translator? And your biggest weakness?

My greatest strength is the dedication I put into my work. When I start translating a text, I like to acquaint myself with the subject to ensure that the final translation has the best possible quality. The number of things that one learns by translating is impressive, both linguistically and culturally.

My biggest weak point is my perfectionism. Many times, I have the feeling that some term or expression may have a better translation, or more suitable for the context, than the one I have chosen. I suppose it is something that happens to many translators. In the end, work experience, good documentation and reliable information resources teach you to make decisions with confidence when translating a text.

 

You work with four different languages, that´s impressive! Which language pair do you enjoy working with the most?

The language pair I like to work with the most is German-Spanish. I studied German as my first language in my degree and it has a special value. I could say that it is the most difficult language combination of all the combinations I translate, due to the challenges it poses in all aspects. However, efforts pay off when I feel the satisfaction of having done a good translation.

 

What kind of training do you do to continue to improve your translation skills?

I try never to stop studying something that is related to translation and languages. I am currently studying Dutch and have also taken up Romanian, which I studied as a D language during my degree and always found it to be a fascinating language. Besides that, I like to read news from the international press in English and German to improve my level in these languages by learning new terminology. I frequently visit translator forums to keep up to date on CAT tools and I like to take online courses related to programs that I use in my day-to-day work, such as Excel or Word.

 

What CAT tools do you prefer working with?

The CAT tool I like to work with the most is SDL Trados. I have worked with this tool since I started studying and I still think that it is the one that offers the most benefits and works the best. I also work with SmartCat, which I think is a very good initiative, but as it is an online tool it is a problem when you don’t have internet access.

 

Thank you so much Victoria for taking the time to answer our questions.   It’s been a pleasure and congratulations!

Danke schön, Victoria! It’s a pleasure to work with you! Hope you’ll enjoy your SeproTec hoodie.

 

 

SeproTec Translator of the Month: August 2020

septiembre 18th, 2020 | Posted by admin in Translator of the Month - (Comentarios desactivados)

We have a great pleasure to introduce the winner of the Translator of the Month action at SeproTec.  A program designed as a way to say Thank you! and recognize the efforts of the industry professionals: translators, the driving force behind every translation company’s success.

With two University Degrees and working with 5 source languages, we would like you to meet Nicolae Zarna, our November Translator of the Month

 

 

What do you start your work-day with?

Nice! Well, after having my coffee while reviewing last night’s news on my topics, I am doing my homework: E-mails, sorting projects based on delivery time, volume and diversity.

This task takes about one hour. After that I start working on my projects for about 4 hours. I enjoy taking a “siesta” around 2 pm.

My ideal start of the working day would be some gym, but this is only a dream at this point unfortunately.

If not much work has to be done, I take advantage and work on my “secret” passion: computer programming.

 

You studied Economic Science and Law, and Chemistry! But you have been working as a translator for more than 30 years. When did you realize you wanted to pursue a translation career?

After taking my PhD in Chemistry and working 5 years in advanced research fields, I realized that it became somewhat limiting for my style. I was always looking for new horizons to discover and checking around I’ve become aware that translation field can offer me this opportunity because of the endless fields available, just waiting to pick-up.

In a short time, I’ve got the opportunity to work in projects dedicated to support abandoned children that offered me a huge personal reward and the determination to pursue a translator career. There was a time when I was oscillating between translation and computer programming, and translation won the prize.

 

How did the confinement affect you personally and professionally?

First of all, as freelancer I’ve been working from home for over 25 years, so …. “welcome in my world”. Nothing new here.

Confinement was a fantastic time. Something that occur once in a life time, at least if no major change in the working paradigm is to come.

Having the opportunity to stay with family all day, digging on spiritual topics with your wife or taking a friendly chat on an integrated view on math, physics and chemistry with your 15 years old daughter … this is something impossible in nowadays “normal” times, except during confinement. It was all about charging spiritual batteries! And guess what, with a work load below 30% of normal times, the special benefits granted by confinement where much enhanced.

 

Have you ever encountered an ethical or moral dilemma on a translation project? How did you handle it?

I was lucky enough during my career that I have not faced an ethical or moral dilemma on a translation project.

As of now I am not in the position to accept and respect my point. I’ll gladly explain why it’s not in my best interest.

 

You work with five source languages, that´s impressive! Which language pair do you enjoy working with the most?

For the last 4-5 years I only offer my services to only 3 source languages, 2 of them being romance languages, such is my native one. This self-restriction allowed me to have a better focus on the market.

Spanish is my first love and I have remained by far engaged with “her”. I was 7 years old when started learning Spanish, after I set aside my German classes, and suddenly I’ve got the feeling that somewhere in the past , I was a child playing in La Mancha plain. If somehow in an Orwellian parallel universe somebody would prohibit me to provide Spanish into Romanian translation services, for sure I would change my career.

 

Do you find CAT tools essential for the translator´s profession? From your experience, would a translator be able to make a good living without owning or using any CAT tools?

I personally cannot imagine myself working without a CAT tool anymore. I know that in my country there are still many professional translators that didn’t discovered CAT tools yet, especially those working as sworn translators.

For sure under nowadays pressure rates & delivery time going South vs. work volume going North, it is difficult to imagine how a full-time professional translator can make a good living without using a major CAT tool.

I would not stress here the well-known advantages of using CAT tools, I just want to say that after discovering CAT tools, the quality of the services I provide just skyrocketed.

For me it is amazing how Sepro succeeded to offer CAT opportunity in Court translations, a traditionally none-CAT field.

 

Thank you so much, Nicolae!  It has been a pleasure to chat with you, thank you for your hard work and enjoy your SeproHoodie!

Important Alert for Translators

julio 10th, 2020 | Posted by admin in Blog | Translator of the Month | Translators | Translators without Borders - (Comentarios desactivados)

We have recently discovered that some freelance translators have received fraudulent translation offers in the name of SeproTec from accounts external to our company.

We ask that all freelance translators make sure that the offers they are receiving come from a reliable SeproTec source, and always from one of our corporate email addresses.

If you are in any way unsure, please contact vm@seprotec.com.

SeproTec Translator of the Month: May 2020

julio 1st, 2020 | Posted by admin in Blog | Translator of the Month - (Comentarios desactivados)

Translators are the driving force behind every translation company’s success. This initiative is our way to way to say thank you! and recognize the efforts of the industry professionals.
Today we chat with Cornelia Forster, one of our most trusted German translators and the Translator of the month in May. 
Congratulations Cornelia and thank you for taking the time to talk to us.

When did you realize you wanted to pursue a translation career?
I studied translation and interpreting, and always wanted to work as a translator and interpreter. Working for different companies in London only turned me into a “part-time” translator, and the same happened in my jobs in Spain. Only when I decided to work as a freelancer, I reached my goal to become a full-time translator/interpreter.

Cornelia Froster, Translator and Interpreter

Cornelia Froster, Translator of the Month May 2020

Being a freelancer, how do you balance work and personal life?
It took several years to keep work in the office and not let work encroach on my free time. It helps to make do-lists and set clear deadlines, and specifically arrange activities.

What do you start your workday with?
I first organize, what I have to do outside of work during the day or in the evening, then I look at what I need to achieve or complete during the day, prioritise the projects, and then I start work.

It is often said that translation is an underrated job. Do you think that people understand and value this profession or are there any misconceptions?
Anybody who does not need translations looks up to people who speak more than one language. However, as soon as they have to pay for translations, the situation changes and I feel we’re underrated. I also feel they do not appreciate that we had to go to university to learn our skills, and swear before a court that we take responsibility for the correctness of our translations, which are a vital means for international communication.

What do you enjoy the most about working as a translator?
Being my own boss, and the variety of subjects.

What advice would you give to beginner translators?
Take your studies seriously, and live in the country or countries of the languages you’re translating from for a few years to understand the language and culture better.

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Thank you so much, Cornelia! It’s a great honour to have you among the team of our translators. And… enjoy your SeproHoodie!

SeproTec Translator of the Month: April 2020

junio 17th, 2020 | Posted by admin in Blog | Chatting with... | Translator of the Month | Translators - (Comentarios desactivados)

We are more than happy to announce the winner of April 2020 edition of our  Translator of the Month action. 

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

We would like to introduce you to Berthold Kynast, one of our most regular and trusted German-language patent translators. 

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Hi Berthold,

What do you start your workday with?

Usually reading the bible, a prayer to God for success in my work, my power drink for good brain performance and concentration, a light breakfast with self-made yoghurt and fruits.

What do you enjoy the most about working as a translator?

That by doing my translation work I can always read about the most interesting new technology while being paid for this.

You are one of our most regular and trusted patent translators. How did you become interested in this specific field of the industry?

I am coming from a family of inventors myself, especially my grandfather, and from childhood I was very much into inventing technical things myself, constructing them, using them, and my first and only employment was in the patent department of a world company as a translator for translating the patents into English for the US-patent office, correspondence to the different patent offices and patent attorneys in the different countries, and competent employee for setting up the patent files from scratch with the inventors in the company. There I learnt how to write patents myself, and I set up and filed some of my inventions myself in the German patent office.

Being a freelancer, how have you been balancing work and personal life especially now during confinement?

In fact as I am working from home anyway with my Bulgarian wife, there was not changing much, only with the confinement the order volume in the first time strongly decreased and also the deadlines were becoming much shorter, most orders were quite small, and the large size orders almost disappeared since Corona, to this day (I hope this will change again). Indeed, only from Seprotec are coming orders regularly, but Seprotec is the best anyway! ❤️

It is often said that translation is an underrated job. Do you think that people understand and value this profession or are there any misconceptions?

This is clearly the case; it was for me until I got to work for Seprotec. Before, the rates were so low and the costs of living so high that I had to shift from Germany to Bulgaria (for what I am very thankful now because I am so happy here) in order to be able to live a normal life with what I was earning. Many agencies literally kind of abuse the freelancers by loading work on them which has nothing to do with the translation, which they are not even able to do professionally, but with time consuming layout work, which is decreasing the rate further. Seprotec is the first agency ever where I see a perfect professional approach to the translation field and the translators, which is also reflected in the rate and the payment delay, as well as in the contact with the Project Managers. The first time as a translator I feel valued and estimated. And this I try to give back to Seprotec with each order also in future.

What advice would you give to beginner translators?

To use personal contacts to find orders from direct customers and to join a professional translators association, this was where I was contacted from Seprotec through their database. At first, I would recommend visiting events like the SDL roadshows or other exhibitions where translation agencies are present, but to take utmost care about the conditions under which has to be done the work, and the payment as well as payment delays. Also every agency has the own preferred CAT tool, so that a beginner translator has not to buy instantly new software, I would recommend to ask the agency if they have possibility to give a free license for use of the software at least in the beginning, or if they have group arrangements for buying software at a cheaper price.

 

Thank you so much, Berthold!  It has been a pleasure to chat with you, thank you for your kind words about SeproTec and our team and enjoy your SeproHoodie!

SeproTec Translator of the Month: March 2020

junio 4th, 2020 | Posted by admin in SeproTec | Translator of the Month | Translators - (Comentarios desactivados)

We are more than happy to announce the winner of March 2020 edition of our Translator of the Month action

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

We would like to introduce you to Katarzyna Tomaszewska, one of our most trusted German into Polish translators.

Hi Katarzyna! Let’s start :) Being a freelancer, how do you balance work and personal life?

It’s not easy, especially having a little child. However, I’ve managed to divide household chores with my husband fairly and now I believe we’re doing pretty good.

What do you start your work day with?

I usually start my day with a cup of coffee and proofreading projects that are due that morning. Only after do I think about my breakfast.

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

I’ve dreamt about it ever since I was a University student. After I graduated, I got an internship in a renowned translation agency, and this is how my adventure with professional translation began.

What is your favourite book and what are you currently reading?

I don’t have one favourite book since I just love reading. Right now I’m reading “The Narrow Road to the Deep North” by Richard Flanagan.

Besides work, what other things do you do to keep yourself occupied during confinement?

To be honest, the pandemic didn’t affect my life that much – I’ve always worked from home, and in my free time I read books or go for a walk in the woods with my family.

What advice would you give to beginner translators?

It’s good to read a lot to be proficient in our native language.

 Thank you so much for your time, Katarzyna, and for the great cooperation!

Enjoy your SeproHoodie :)

SeproTec Translator of the Month: February 2020!

marzo 17th, 2020 | Posted by admin in Interviews | Translator of the Month | Translators - (Comentarios desactivados)

We are more than happy to announce the winner of February 2020 edition of our Translator of the Month action

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

We would like to introduce you to Matthew Schlecht, one of our most trusted patent translators, translating from: Japanese, German, French and Spanish into English, with an extensive knowledge and experience in the research field.

Hi Matthew, thank you for finding some time to answer our questions :) Let’s start!

What do you start your work day with?

Upon waking, I scan my email inbox to see if any critical overnight emergencies have developed. Then, I usually start out with a two-mile vigorous early morning walk unless the weather is terrible. After the walk, I settle down with a big mug of coffee and process the merely important incoming overnight email before starting the day’s work.

Do you have a fixed schedule for work, or do you usually finish your day when your work allows you to?

I work through the morning until midday and then stop for lunch. If the schedule is tight, I get right back to work, but on a normal day I take some time to do errands and chores, and work in the garden in season, to clear my head. Then I get back to work. If I can finish up the day’s schedule by early evening I’ll stop then. If not, I continue until I finish up whatever work must go out by the next morning.

It is often said that translation is an underrated job. Do you think that people understand and value this profession or are there any misconceptions?

Although some end clients have an appreciation for the value that a translator can add, I think that many have little idea of what is involved in the translation process, or over how great a range quality can vary, and they consider translation to be a commodity. These latter clients seem to believe that high quality is still available even when budgets are driven down. Most agency project managers have a much better appreciation of how the translation process should work properly, but they too frequently have an uphill battle conveying this appreciation to the end clients.

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

I can summarize the challenges in terms of two drivers: faster turnaround and downwards pressures on rates. The two together are incompatible with the expectation of a professional-grade, quality translation product. Machine translation is addressing these challenges to an extent, while at the same time defining a new role for the translator as the “final out” person, the one who ensures that all aspects of the product (the translation) are of suitable and deliverable quality.

What do you enjoy most about working with SeproTec?

First, foremost, and always the project managers! They understand the translation process, and appreciate how to collaborate productively with their translators and editors. They take most of the heat from the end clients, while still treating their translators and editors with respect. The projects are also quite interesting, and the PMs realize the importance of a good fit between the translator/editor and subject matter.

What advice would you give to beginner translators?

One tip would be to focus on one or a few areas of expertise, and not to adopt the generalist or factotum translator model, which I believe has a poor future. Another is to become comfortable with machine translation, because it is not going away. There are few subject matter areas and language pairs where MT isn’t making major inroads, and those few will diminish as time goes on. One more, and perhaps the most important, is to develop good relationships with your PMs; to deal with them honestly, professionally, and with respect. This sort of investment will always pay dividends, whether in your current dealings or at some future date when you get a referral or are brought along when a PM changes positions. Become the “go to” person in your areas of expertise and language pairs, maintain high quality, and you will rarely want for work.

Thank you so much, Matthew! It’s a great honour to have you among the team of our translators. And… enjoy your SeproHoodie!

SeproTec Translator of the Month: January 2020!

febrero 25th, 2020 | Posted by admin in Blog | Interviews | SeproTec | Translator of the Month | Translators - (Comentarios desactivados)

We are more than happy to announce the winner of January 2020 edition of our Translator of the Month action

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

We would like to introduce you to Antonio Teixeira, one of our most trusted English and Spanish into Portuguese translators!

Hi Antonio! Let’s start! Being a freelancer, how do you balance work and personal life?

I have quite a defined routine: I go to the gym from 7am to 8am and after that I make a coffee and work from home from 9am to 6pm. But I am always available on the phone for any emergency translations! After 6pm I go out with friends, go for a walk or go to the cinema. I always come home early! A normal work-life balance, basically!

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

The relationship between new language Technologies (LTs) and machine translation on the one hand and maintaining the quality of the final product on the other. The implications for pricing are another story!

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

I have been working as a translator for over 20 years; I’m old school! I have loved words since I learned to read.

What is your favourite book and what are you currently reading?

My favourite book is “Rayuela” by Julio Cortázar, and now I’m reading “La siliconización del mundo. La irresistible expansión del liberalismo digital” by Éric Sadin.

What advice would you give to beginner translators?

I would advise them to read, to distinguish between knowledge and information and, obviously, to be up to date with the new tools.

What do you enjoy most about working with SeproTec?

Professionalism and seriousness, but mostly friendliness and good vibes.

Thank you, Antonio! We really enjoy working with you!

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SeproTec Translator of the Month: December 2019!

febrero 5th, 2020 | Posted by admin in Blog | Interviews | Translator of the Month | Translators - (Comentarios desactivados)

We are more than happy to announce the winner of December 2019 edition of our Translator of the Month action!

Translators’ work is of vital importance in every translation company. This initiative is our way to way to say thank you! and recognize the efforts of the industry professionals.

We would like to introduce you to Anna Sałek, one of our most German and English into Polish translators!

Hi, Anna!

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

During my internship in the Polish Ministry of Justice I was asked to prepare a written translation into Polish for then pre-accession advisor. Surprisingly, the results were quite satisfactory and I realized that I’m genuinely enjoying this!

What do you start your work day with?

My typical day starts with checking e-mails, news of dailies and social media updates (the latter is an advantage of being a freelancer :)

If there is no hurry I try to run my errands before the rush begins. Everything depends on my commitments.

Do you have a fixed schedule for work, or do you usually finish your day when your work allows you?

I don’t have a fixed schedule (which at times has a negative influence on my personal life) but respecting deadlines is my top priority.

Do you have a life motto?

No pain no gain, no risk no fun :)

What do you enjoy most about working with SeproTec?

Interesting projects, well organized workflows and extremely helpful project managers.

What advice would you give to beginner translators?

Trust yourself, be patient and do not rely on Machine Translation because it makes your mind lazy.

Thank you for your time, Anna, and congratulations! It’s a great pleasure to work with you. And enjoy your Sepro hoodie :)