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Susan Welsh  Identity Verified
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Mar 29, 2009

I've been looking about for such resources, and am not finding much. I would think since certificates have a considerable amount of arcane vocabulary and abbreviations, there might be helpful resources for translators somewhere. Any ideas?

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Susan


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Oleg Osipov  Identity Verified
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T... Mar 29, 2009

This type of documents is a specific one and requires individual attention. I do not think there is much theory into it. It's just internet searching.

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Not theory, but... Mar 29, 2009

Oleg Osipov wrote:

I do not think there is much theory into it. It's just internet searching.


I wasn't looking for theory (yuck!), just glossaries. For example, I translated a Russian medical diploma not long ago, in which there appeared a ДИС 1234567XYZ number. I have no clue what ДИС stands for, and could not find it on the web, in the time I had to devote to it, so I just wrote DIS. (The customer didn't know what it meant either.)
I would think that sort of information could be found in some centralized location.

Of course there are glossaries for abbreviations on the web, such as sokr.ru or abkuerzuengen.de . But I find those almost always unhelpful, since most abbreviations can stand for about 20 things, it seems, and I cannot always tell from the context which is correct.

(After posting this message, I remembered to look in the archive of forum posts, and found a few entries for EU languages, mostly having to do with education degrees and terminology, which is useful. But there was nothing for Russian.)

Susan


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Susan Welsh wrote:

ДИС 1234567XYZ number. I have no clue what ДИС stands for, and could not find it on the web, in the time I had to devote to it, so I just wrote DIS.


Why don't you ask a Kudoz question here? There are lots of Russian medical degrees at this site.


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The "multitran" site (a Russian-English online dictionary) has many of them. There is also some dedicated Russian abbreviation sites. For more modern ones, try the "Supplementary Russian- English Dictionary (2nd Edition) by Stephen Marder, available from Indiana University. It is a bit expensive, I admit.

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Mayoral's book for interest Mar 30, 2009

You might like to read "Translating Official Documents" by Roberto Mayoral Asencio, published by St Jerome Publishing, www.stjerome.co.uk, ISBN 1-900650-65-7.

Not sure it's quite what you're after in terms of specific terminology but it's an interesting read nonetheless.

Best,

Karen


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Thanks to all Apr 1, 2009

You've given me some good leads.

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I've started my own certificates glossary, RU-EN Jun 23, 2009

Since I never could find a glossary or dictionary of certificate terms, I have started my own, taking information from wherever I can get it--past jobs, translators' portals like Proz, Internet searches. It's on my website. Since it is still changing frequently, I have not put it on my Proz profile, because it's all in HTML now, and too much bother to change to Proz glossary format.
The website is (click on: Glossaries, Russian):

http://www.ssw-translation.com

Maybe someone else will find this useful.

Susan


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