Sunday, 28 June 2009


I was recently sent a "proof-reading" job. It was clearly translated by a terrible non-native English speaker translator, and was more or less unusable.

It's a scam that a lot of companies use. They hire a cheap translator to do the Chinese to English translation, and then expect the proofreader to "tidy it up" and make it sound right.

I've got a really hard line on those, where I simply refuse to do them.

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Olifant Software

I used a new type of software for the first time today. It's called Olifant software, and is available via free download. It's pretty nice. It lets you look in a TMX file, and change the data and tags etc. It's a small file and seems not to be as buggy as the bigger versions are.

I personally like to use small files, as they tend not to break down so much, and work a lot quicker. The menus are clear and clean, and because of the limited options its easy to use. I just figured it out right away without reading the manual at all! So if you need to edit TMX files, Olifant is worth a look.

You can read more about it here:

Friday, 19 June 2009

Friday Evening

I get a good portion of my jobs on Friday evenings. I'm inclined to think it's a conspiracy of some kind, but then again I guess a lot of agents just work a bit harder on Fridays to clear their desks so they've got a nice easy morning on Monday.

I just opened my email and had three free samples, two proof-reading jobs, and a small translation all to be done before Monday!

That's my weekend sorted!!!

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Job Lengths

I've never done a full length book translation before, but it's something I'd really like to do. I figure that the pay would actually work out lower, but the schedule would be much more manageable. My longest ever single job was about 3 weeks. My jobs consist of about 50% minimum charge certificates and stuff, and the rest is shorter stuff. I find they tend to be about 1-4 pages.

I wonder if it's better to focus more on the shorter jobs, or to try and get hold of more longer term jobs.

In an ideal world, I think 10 minimum charge jobs per week, with one longer job or so per month would be perfect!