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During this day and age, language services are likely to be essential to the success of your business. With instant global communication, increased cultural diversity, and the technology easing the ability to do business across borders, translation and interpreter services are more necessary now than they may have been before.
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Italian Translator Spotlight - Marika Tonon

Linguists

Welcome to our Translator Spotlight series! We look forward to sharing with you the real people behind the computer screen, the translators who put in knowledge, expertise and care into making every translation spot on. Each month we will feature a Q & A with one translator who has stood out for going above and beyond. This month our interview is with Italian translator, Marika Tonon.

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Annie Pagano
Annie Pagano

Best Universities for Language Degrees

Linguists

You’ve decided you want to pursue a career as a translator or interpreter. First things first, education!

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Lia Mitchell
Lia Mitchell

Linguist Spotlight - Chinese Mandarin Interpreter and Translator, Linda Hill

Linguists

 Welcome to our Translator Spotlight series! We look forward to sharing with you the real people behind the computer screen, the translators who put in knowledge, expertise and care into making every translation spot on. Each month we will feature a Q & A with one translator who has stood out for going above and beyond. 

This month we are elated to present our conversation with Linda Hill, Chinese Mandarin interpreter and translator. 

Please describe your cultural background (languages spoken, ethnicity etc.)

I was born and raised in Northern China. We lived in the northeast part of the country (Huhhot, Inner Mongolia). Even though there is a heavy accent in the local dialect we spoke, it is still very similar to Mandarin. My ethnicity is Han, the biggest ethnic group in China that also speaks Mandarin.

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Annie Pagano
Annie Pagano

How to Find Beginner Translator Jobs

Linguists

Many jobs require more qualifications and work experience than most beginning translators can show. However, there are always companies out there willing to take a chance on fresh talent. Check out some of these places to find translator jobs.

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Lucas Ledbetter
Lucas Ledbetter

Translator Spotlight - Navajo Translator, Ty Fierce

Linguists, Translator Spotlight

Q: Please describe your cultural background (languages spoken, ethnicity etc.)

By English speaking United States application standards, I identify as a full-blooded citizen of the Navajo Nation from Northern Arizona where I grew up north of Window Rock, AZ. I speak, write, and read Navajo, English, and Spanish.

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Annie Pagano
Annie Pagano

How to Land Your First Translator Jobs

Linguists

You have decided to become a translator and are ready to start applying for translator jobs. Whether you plan on freelancing or becoming an employee, these initial steps apply. Your goal is to get the best work you can, even if your first gigs do not pay well.

Following the steps below will help you get hired for your first assignment. You could benefit from following advice from more experienced peers on how to become a translator as well.

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Lucas Ledbetter
Lucas Ledbetter

How to Create Your Own Fictional Language

Language, Linguists

Did you know that roughly 40% of the world can only speak one language? While about the same amount of people speak two languages fluently, less than 1% speak more than 5 languages! Every language has its own history, its own personality, and has evolved greatly over time with speakers constantly finding ways to make languages easier to use. Therefore, it’s probably safe to assume that someone who speaks more than 5 languages has a deep understanding of how human languages work. So what does that mean for conlangers, or people who invent and construct new languages?

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Lia Mitchell
Lia Mitchell

6 Skills Needed to Become a Translator

Linguists

If you are looking to break into the translation field, you will likely be confronted by the classic chicken-or-egg scenario: you need experience to get translator jobs, but you need jobs to get experience! So, what to do?

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Lucas Ledbetter
Lucas Ledbetter

Translator Spotlight - Legal Translator, Bryan R.

Linguists

 

Q: Please describe your cultural background (languages spoken, ethnicity etc.)

A: I was born and raised in Bountiful City, a suburb of Salt Lake City, Utah. Both my parents were descendants of English stock who emigrated to the United States, crossed the plains as pioneers in the 1800’s and settled in the Salt Lake Valley.

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Annie Pagano
Annie Pagano

5 Continuing Education Resources to Advance Your Interpreter Career

Linguists

Are you looking for an interpreter training program to help take your career to the next level?

Choosing a specialty can help to accelerate your interpreter career. The more skilled you become in one facet of interpreting, the more demand you will generate.

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Annie Pagano
Annie Pagano