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Tips for would-be translators

December 22nd, 2010 · No Comments · Blog

I haven’t been writing for quite some time. Meanwhile, I’ve had a few enquiries on translating as a career and how to go about getting the appropriate qualifications. In Malaysia, universities like USM and UKM offer the necessary degree courses.  The National Institute of Translation at Wangsa Maju runs  full-time or part-time courses in general translation, while the Malaysian Translators’ Association offers diploma in translation courses. Details are available at their respective websites.
Getting the appropriate qualification is a start. You need to equip yourself with tools of the trade- for you to be able translate effectively and accurately. These tools can range from dictionaries, thesauruses, glossaries to the latest CAT software. Then, as in any other business, you need to market your trade. For a start, signing up with online groups for translators like translationdirectory.com, translatorscafe.com, proZ.com or translatorsbase.com may help get you the exposure, and you may also bid for jobs. In fact, several of these online groups also provide forums for you to share your experience and also seek help if you get stuck on a particular terminology while rushing to meet that dateline. I find some of the articles submitted by the translators useful, particularly those guides on starting your career in translation. Do check out those websites. Happy reading!

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