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Thread poster: barrycreed
barrycreed
Ireland
Local time: 09:48
Italian to English
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Jul 29, 2008

Hello all,

I've only just registered on this site and am delighted to find a huge amount of excellent information related to translators and interpreters etc.

I would like to delve into the area of translating (again). I worked as a technical writer/technical translator for 2 years, (from 2002-2004) translating and proof reading software manuals from Italian to English.

99% of my work was done using Microsoft Word.

Since then I have done some minor translations from French to English and from Italian to English.

So, I guess I am out of the loop a little bit, but would love to dip my toes back into the area of translating again. I am aware that my language and translating skills may be a little rusty, so would like to attempt some small translations at first.

Can any of you point me in the right direction here? What essential tools/software should I have? What should I charge? Should I just dive into the jobs section and start clicking?

Thanks, and looking forward to your advice,

Barry


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barrycreed
Ireland
Local time: 09:48
Italian to English
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info Jul 29, 2008

I've just looked around and found some useful info.

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Susan Welsh  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 04:48
Member (2008)
Russian to English
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Check the info that's on the site Jul 29, 2008

I posted a similar message to yours when I first joined, and many others do too. The site has so much information on it, that's hard to know where to begin. The FAQ document (on the toolbar under "About") deals with the question of what to charge. There is a forum on CAT tools and other software. There is also a "user manual" which does not seem to be listed anywhere, but you can find it under "Translation articles" ("Community" on the toolbar) if you look hard. (Not "users" but "user.")

I think if you read the Forums for a week or so, and sign up to receive job offers in your language pairs, a lot of your questions will be answered--or at least they'll be more focused.

Good luck!
Susan


PS - Here's one of my posts on CAT tools that drew a lot of interesting replies:

http://www.proz.com/forum/smart_shoppers/100096-why_do_i_need_a_cat_tool.html





[Edited at 2008-07-30 11:26]

[Edited at 2008-07-30 11:30]


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barrycreed
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thanks Jul 30, 2008

thanks for the replies. I should have done some more research on the site before posting...

Barry


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