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Stop Literalism

Recently, a client approached me with an editing job. The translated text was about the client’s organizational goals. They needed the Farsi translations to accurately ...
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Know Your Interpreter

Recently, the American Translators Association (ATA) reprinted a news brief from the Associated Press in its newsletter. It concerned translation for the armed forces overseas ...
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Google Translate: Friend or Foe?

Recently I put a Farsi-language ad in a Facebook group that said: If anyone needs any type of translation to and from Farsi, Please contact ...
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Scam Alert: Fraudsters Target Interpreters and Clients

Perpetrators of business fraud are getting more sophisticated everyday, and the translating and interpreting field is no exception. All the familiar scams involving everything from ...
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Ethical Considerations for Interpreters

Today, I wanted to address ethics and ethical considerations in my practice. It’s a very important part of our practice, mainly because I work in ...
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Four Things to Know About Our Practice

I’m lucky to be a translator and an interpreter. My work is an intellectual exercise that reveals to me the common concepts that underlie the ...
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Doing Business in Iran: The French Connection

Farsi, or Persian, is my mother tongue. Like English, Farsi has taken a large amount of loan words from the French language, despite being structurally ...
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What’s in a Name?

In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Juliet famously sums up her exasperation with the war between the Capulets and the Montagues by lamenting, “…a rose by ...
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The Human Cost of Bad Translation

My mother is not fluent in English and this fact counted heavily against her on a call to an insurance company recently. The call was ...
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The Importance of ATA Certification

The American Translators Association (ATA), a well known international organization, offers a translator certification—a distinction that puts all translators, regardless of work status, in a ...
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