A Practical Guide for Translators by Geoffrey Samuelsson-Brown

By Geoffrey Samuelsson-Brown

Nice booklet. Covers lots of stuff that each translator may still understand in a simple, comprehensible method. Definately a great tool dor each translator, in particular rookies.

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If I do not feel happy about accepting a ‘laundering’ assignment I will politely decline the offer and explain the reasons why. On the following page is an example of such a text written by a Swede. It took the best part of an hour to try and make sense of what was written whereas a clean translation from Swedish into English would have taken half the time. *** are used to disguise the guilty. There are times when your diplomacy will be tested since there are people who, having a knowledge of a foreign language, will question your use of that language.

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Gap 4 – the gap between the client’s experience and external communication to the client. This arises when the translation provider cannot deliver what is promised in advertising or promotion material. In other words, the translation provider must make sure that what is promised is, in fact, delivered. The client may expect a perfectly-formatted, independently-checked and edited translation (although has not specifically stated so) whereas the project manager believes that the translation will be used for information purposes only and requires no special layout.

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