Finding mistakes in your translation

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Topics: Translation quality assurance
Editing and proofreading

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Language:angielski
Summary:Will you find your mistakes before you send off your translation to your client? In this webinar we’ll look at procedures that can increase the likelihood of noticing mistakes.
Description
Everyone makes mistakes. The question is: will you find them when you check your translation before sending it off to your client?

In this webinar, we’ll look at checking procedures that can increase the likelihood of finding mistakes. You can’t correct a mistake until you’ve found it! What counts as a mistake? It depends on your concept of quality. Quality in translation is not the topic of this webinar, but we’ll look briefly at three concepts of quality.

We’ll do a few exercises, and we’ll take a few polls of participants so that everyone can find out how the other participants do their checking. Do they check on screen or on paper? Do they compare their translation to the source text or just read their translation? When comparing source and translation, do they read a sentence of the source first or the translation first?

Different people do their checking work differently, but does it matter? Is there a best way? The answer is no, and yes.

Since checking takes time (time when you could be moving on to the next translation), you need to be sure that you are using your checking time effectively. We’ll look at some time-wasting activities and some principles to keep in mind to avoid wasting time.

Course program:

  • Preliminaries

  • The time versus quality problem

  • Three checking principles

  • Three concepts of quality

  • Checking procedures:

    o Checking while drafting versus after drafting
    o Reading the translation alone versus comparing it to the source
    o Reading translation first versus source first during comparative checking
    o Order of comparative and unilingual checking
    o Checking on screen versus on paper

  • Error-spotting methods

  • Levels of writing quality



  • Some feedback from others on this course's trainer:


    "A very thorough approach with no waste of time. Mr. Mossop's experience as a translator and as a teacher shines through, and he manages to avoid any trace of condescension. Quite a task in a subject like this!
    There is a lot to think about and to experiment with in exactly how one goes about checking, without assuming any particular way is the best. You have to find your own way by trial. Thank-you!"
    RogerRayner




    "I found it very interesting to hear what other translators do and what works well for them (polls and comments). Brian had a great way of conducting polls and then presenting research that was done regarding the questions asked in the polls."
    Patricia Daehler




    Target audience
    All translators.
    Learning objectives
    Learn to use checking time efficiently by formulating your concept of quality and setting priorities.
    Learn techniques for spotting errors.
    Find out how others approach checking.
    Learn principles for checking.
    Prerequisites
    None.
    Program
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    • Preliminaries

    • The time versus quality problem

    • Three checking principles

    • Three concepts of quality

    • Checking procedures
    o Checking while drafting versus after drafting
    o Reading the translation alone versus comparing it to the source
    o Reading translation first versus source first during comparative checking
    o Order of comparative and unilingual checking
    o Checking on screen versus on paper

    • Error-spotting methods

    • Levels of writing quality

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    Trainer
    Brian R Mossop    View feedback | View all courses
    Bio: Brian was a Canadian government translator, reviser and trainer for 40 years until he retired in 2014. He now does freelance work and teaches revision at the York University School of Translation in Toronto. He is the author of the widely used textbook Revising and Editing for Translators (3rd edition, Routledge, 2014) and has written many articles on revision and other topics (list at http://www.yorku.ca/brmossop/).
    Comments about this course

    Finding mistakes in your translation

    Nivetha Velupur Identity Verified
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    Interactive and succinctMar 29

    I found the presentation very engaging; there were quick polls, activities towards the end. Thank you, Brian, for this very informative session!

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    Josephine Cassar Identity Verified
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    InterestingMar 30

    Some parts were common sense, but it was interesting to see how others tackled this issue. I was particularly struck by the suggestion that one reads the translation before comparing it with the source so as to view it from the reader's point of view, not from the translator's point of view as the translator has the text in front of him/her. I did not agree with all he said but that may be a personal opinion. I liked the suggestion of changing how the screen text appears so as to check. I liked the polls as they showed how others worked too. Worth it. here were some parts I did not understand but since I now have the presentations, I can go over them.

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