Dos and Don’ts of Translation

6 Dos and Don’ts of Translation:

  1. Do not accept any translation unless you know about the field. You cannot master all fields of knowledge. So, select one or two and gradually learn them. Gather a couple of paper and online dictionaries or even books on the topics you have selected to master.  
  2. Do not hesitate to say: “I don’t know”. You are not supposed to know all the words in a language other than your mother tongue. Even in your own language, you may sometimes hear words that sound unfamiliar to you.
  3. Do not be embarrassed to use dictionaries. Dictionaries are translator’s weapons. Using different kinds of dictionaries bring an understanding of the aspect of the language you want to know more about. You may need to check collocations, expressions, phrasal verbs, thesaurus, etc. So, feel free to look them up in valid dictionaries.
  4. Do not start translating unless you know the gist of the material you are going to translate. Try translating the text when you understand it thoroughly. For doing so, you can even consult the writer if he/she is available. Otherwise, you can consult Uncle Google. 😉
  5. Do not hesitate to say: “No!” to people who underestimate your job and abilities. Do not accept translations with very little or no money. Respect your own value and that of your profession.
  6. Do not accept translation projects when you are busy or you are not interested in the topic. Take your time and follow your heart in determining what to spend time on.

Good Luck!

You can heal your life

Deep at the center of my being there is an infinite well of love. I now allow this love to flow to the surface—It fills my heart, my body, my mind, my consciousness, my very being, and radiates out from me in all directions and returns to me multiplied. The more love I use and give, the more I have to give—the supply is endless. The use of love makes me feel good. It is an expression of my inner joy. I love myself; therefore, I take loving care of my body. I lovingly feed it nourishing foods and beverages. I lovingly groom it and dress it, and my body lovingly responds to me with vibrant health and energy. I love myself; therefore, I provide for myself a comfortable home, one that fills all my needs and is a pleasure to be in. I fill the rooms with the vibration of love so that all who enter, myself included, will feel this love and be nourished by it. I love myself; therefore, I work at a job that I truly enjoy doing, one that uses my creative talents and abilities, working with and for people whom I love and who love me, and earning a good income. I love myself; therefore, I behave and think in a loving way to all people—for I know that that which I give out returns to me multiplied. I only attract loving people in my world, for they are a mirror of what I am. I love myself; therefore, I forgive and totally release the past and all past experiences and I am free. I love myself; therefore, I live totally in the now, experiencing each moment as good and knowing that my future is bright and joyous and secure—for I am a beloved child of the universe, and the universe lovingly takes care of me now and forever more. And so it is.

Written by Louise L. Hay(1999)