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07/10/06

Permalink 06:15:40 am, Categories: About JB Translations, For translation buyers, 69 words  

Vacation

We will be closed for vacation until the end of July and looking forward to serving you again from August 1.

In the meantime, should you find our blog's inactivity unbearable, you should definitely take a look at Maremagnum, Pilar T. Bayle's Spanish translation blog. The link points to the English version, but there is more content available in Spanish if you read this language. Enjoy and come back again!

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07/04/06

Who said language and translation aren't fun?

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06/27/06

Permalink 08:45:34 am, Categories: For translation buyers, 77 words  

A random example...

... of what happens when you entrust one of your bilingual employees with your translations:

http://www.magroup.es/magroup_english/about_us.htm

Update: This company deleted the English version of their website after receiving my recommendations and those of a couple of other translators. A wise decision, since no translation is always better for your image than a poor translation. But of course, the best option is to hire a high quality and professional translation service!

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06/19/06

Permalink 02:38:25 pm, Categories: About JB Translations, For translation buyers, 372 words  

Proofreading poor translations?

Recently I was offered a translation assignment consisting in translating some Word files and proofreading some existing translations of the client's materials. As usual, I provided a quote for the translation work but told them that I would need to see the existing translations before stating any quote for the proofreading. They agreed and sent me a sample of their translations that had probably been performed by bilingual employees of theirs. After analyzing these materials carefully, this was my response to them:

. . . Thank you very much for sending all this material. If you want my advice, I would suggest leaving the existing translations aside. If you would like to have a marketing text written with style that will appeal to your site's visitors, it would be best to redo the translation. Editing and proofreading is for texts with a minimum standard of quality, and unfortunately the Spanish texts you sent me don't measure up to it. To give you an example, when you want to build a solid and reliable car, you don't start with low-quality raw materials. You can have the best manufacturing plant in the world, but in order to get a quality product, you need quality all the way through the process. Translation is no different. Correcting the quality of these texts would probably take more time (and produce less satisfying results) than translating from English directly.

You could always save money by only correcting misspellings and blatant errors, but the final outcome would be mediocre and I don't think that this is what you are looking for, especially for marketing materials. Besides, I wouldn't accept to offer you half-way translation services since I do take pride in my work . . .

I was wondering if I had been too bold in my response or if the negative answer about this potential proofreading job would make them turn away and I would never hear from them again. To my surprise, they paid heed to my suggestions and ordered the first translations from me, and are now considering retranslating the other materials through me.

In a world where costs seem to discard any other considerations and where translation is regarded more or less as an "anybody-can-do-it" task, their response was indeed encouraging!

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06/14/06

Permalink 07:25:11 pm, Categories: For translation buyers, 40 words  

Need a voice-over talent?

Voice-over services are often associated with translation services (you may one day be in need of both), but not very many translation companies currently offer voice-overs. Here is a website where you can find voice-over professionals: www.voices.com. Enjoy!

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