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ProZ.com Newsletter: October 2008

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(1) Year-end membership campaign: 'Success is opportunity taken'
(2) First annual ProZ.com translation contest in voting phase
(3) Invitation to "visit" ProZ.com's headquarters (in video)
(4) "ProZ.com Certified PRO network" drawing interest
(5) Announcing Glossary-building KudoZ (GBK) questions
(6) Looking for specialists for the GBK program
(7) Six conferences held in October and November
(8) ProZ.com now available in Slovak
(9) Justin Chlebus Memorial Scholarship now over half funded
(10) Internet Freelancing: Practical Guide for Translators
(11) ProZ.com trainings - leading source for translator training
(12) Cursos de capacitación en España
(13) Cursos de capacitación en Argentina
(14) Cursos de capacitación en Chile
(15) Training sessions in Vietman
(16) Training sessions in Germany
(17) How about a ProZ.com video center?
(18) A week of free webinars: Across, Alchemy, Trados, Wordfast
(19) Year-end powwows: Warsaw, Moscow, BA, Cardiff, Bordeaux, etc


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(1) Year-end membership campaign: 'Success is opportunity taken'
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A year-end membership campaign is now underway with the theme "Success is opportunity taken." The campaign will run through December 12.

In this campaign, professional translators and interpreters who are not yet ProZ.com members are invited to join full members of the ProZ.com community in together "networking, expanding client bases, doing better work, and having more fun."

There are two incentives provided for those who join during this year-end campaign. The first is that membership purchased now will run through all of 2009. (In other words, those who join now get up to a month of additional membership at no additional charge.) The second incentive is a giveaway featuring these valuable prizes: a trip to a ProZ.com conference in 2009, a new laptop, and translation related software.

Existing members can renew and have a chance to win the free prizes.

If you are not yet a member, this is an ideal moment to become a full member of the industry's leading portal, and the world's largest community of translation professionals.

Join now! http://www.proz.com/join

Note: ProZ.com membership can be written off as a business expense in many jurisdictions. Ask your accountant.

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(2) First annual ProZ.com translation contest ("Awakening") now in voting phase
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ProZ.com translation contests are a fun way to take a break from your normal routine to test, and hone, your translation skills with colleagues.

After seven "quarterly" contests, the first "annual" version of the ProZ.com translation contest -- featuring the theme "Awakening" -- has attracted a record number of entries; there have been over 930 submissions in 83 language pairs so far. (Among them are entries in your top language pair.)

While it is still possible to submit entries in a few pairs, most pairs are now in the voting phase. Please help to select the best entries by visiting the contest pages, reviewing and rating translations submitted in your working pairs.

To vote (and possibly enter), go to: http://www.proz.com/contests

If you would like to be notified the next time a contest begins, go to the contest page and subscribe to contest notifications from the green box on the left hand side of the page. (You must be logged in.)

Note that to enter a ProZ.com translation contest, you must be a paying member. On the other hand, any registered user can vote on translations submitted by members.

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(3) You are invited to "visit" ProZ.com's headquarters (in video)
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Have you ever wondered what things are like at ProZ.com's headquarters?

Now you can "visit" the ProZ.com offices in Syracuse and La Plata -- virtually! Just go to the page that features the site team -- http://www.proz.com/siteteam -- and click "Visit ProZ.com headquarters in video". Site staff members are looking forward to "seeing" you... :)

By the way, comments about the video were made here earlier last month: http://www.proz.com/topic/120143

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(4) "ProZ.com Certified PRO network" drawing interest
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The "ProZ.com Certified PRO network", announced publicly for the first time in October, has been attracting interest among the community, and also beyond.

From the announcement: "The ProZ.com Certified PRO program is a new initiative of the ProZ.com community, the purpose of which is to identify qualified translators and translation companies working in various language pairs, and provide them with the option of networking and collaborating in an environment consisting entirely of screened professionals. Those accepted into the program earn the 'ProZ.com Certified PRO' title and seal, which may optionally be displayed in profile pages and elsewhere on or off the ProZ.com website."

The program has also attracted attention from those covering the industry. Interviews were conducted with three publications.

Over 1200 members have joined so far. To learn about the program, and to consider applying for admission, see: http://www.proz.com/pro-tag/info

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(5) Glossary-building KudoZ (GBK): a new kind of KudoZ question
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Glossary-building KudoZ, a new form of KudoZ interaction, was announced after a beta testing period in five language pairs.

Rather than facilitating "help", the new mode coordinates the efforts of willing members of the ProZ.com community in building an authoritative glossary of terms and their translations in many languages and fields.

Terms are posted for translation selectively -- not by those in need of help but by a "GBK (Glossary-building KudoZ) team". Community selection is used to find the most accurate translations from among those proposed.

The expected results are (1) a glossary of terms and translations that will serve as a larger and more authoritative reference than the archive of existing "help" questions and (2) increased opportunities for KudoZ participation, along with the benefits of networking, professional differentiation and learning.

In early feedback, one member commented on her experience of "(p)roper context, wonderful well thought-out answers, backed by references."

For more information, see the FAQ on GBK questions: http://www.proz.com/faq/GBK

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(6) Looking for specialists for the glossary-building KudoZ program
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Are you interested in being part of the "GBK team" that will create the Glossary-building KudoZ questions to be posted in the GBK program?

In the initial phase, this opportunity for networking, professional differentiation and learning is reserved for site members who are native in English and work in at least one language pair with English as target.

GBK questions include a term, a definition and three examples of use, all in English, plus at least one detailed field of expertise.

To learn more about this opportunity or to volunteer, please submit a support request at http://www.proz.com/support (Be sure to indicate the fields of expertise you are interested in.)

http://www.proz.com/topic/121306

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(7) Six conferences held in October and November
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October saw several great ProZ.com events, including:

* Balkan regional conference in Zagreb, Croatia, 11 October, http://www.proz.com/conference/43
* Financial economic and legal conference in Forlí, Italy, 17-18 October, http://www.proz.com/conference/58
* "A celebration of Castillian" conference in Barcelona, Spain, 25 October, http://www.proz.com/conference/49
* First FSU conference in Kharkov, Ukraine, 18-19 October, http://www.proz.com/conference/68

In November two more conferences were held:

* The second annual ProZ.com trainings and networking conference in Paris, France, 21-22 November,
http://www.proz.com/conference/62
* "The translator as strategic partner", London, UK, 22-23 November, http://www.proz.com/conference/55

Thanks to the conference organizers for the hard work put into planning and coordinating these events, the speakers for sharing their expertise, and all the members who attended and make ProZ.com conferences possible.

In addition, the Bangkok online powwow made its mark as the 70th and final powwow in the series of local events celebrating International Translation Day. Organized by the Royal Institute of Thailand, the powwow was broadcast internationally with the theme "Translation: An Agenda for Quality and Standards". ProZ.com presented two videos: "Translation, a vision of the market", by Enrique Cavalitto, and "The Certified Pro program", by Patrick Dotterer. Online viewers were able to ask questions and propose topics for discussion in a chat room See http://www.proz.com/powwow/2257 for more information.

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(8) ProZ.com now available in Slovak
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The ProZ.com website is now available in Slovak, thanks to the hard work of project leader leader Lexika -- http://www.proz.com/profile/47502 and team members Katarina Kazikova -- http://www.proz.com/profile/813317 , Lucia [Lulu] Filova -- http://www.proz.com/profile/112710 , Peter Zalupsky -- http://www.proz.com/profile/45112 and Kristian Madar -- http://www.proz.com/profile/113904

To view the Slovak version of ProZ.com click on the following link: http://slk.proz.com and please thank the team members for their hard work!

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(9) Justin Chlebus Memorial Scholarship now over half funded
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The Justin Chlebus Scholarship has reached half of its initial funding goal of 20.000 euro. A warm thanks goes out to those who have donated generously to the fund so far.

The fund will create a one-year scholarship to be awarded to a promising and talented young person between the ages of 18-26 years old with a passion for understanding a new culture and learning a new language. The scholarship will allow the recipient to study abroad for one year in their field of choice.

If you have not yet, please consider donating. See:
http://www.proz.com/justin-chlebus-memorial-scholarship

A call will be made for applications when initial funding is secured. Children of ProZ.com members, and young ProZ.com members, will be invited to apply.

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(10) Internet Freelancing: Practical Guide for Translators by Oleg Rudavin
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Internet Freelancing: Practical Guide for Translators
By Oleg Rudavin

If you are just getting started in the business of freelancing and need some direction or if you are a student of translation and wondering what your options are, this is the book for you.

Oleg Rudavin -- http://www.proz.com/profile/14914 -- takes the reader on a journey through the basics of just getting started and navigating the world of rates and CAT tools all the way to setting up one's own agency. This book is a valuable tool that will give you the missing pieces of the puzzle so that you can create your own career picture.

Price:
- in English - € 39.00 / $US 58.00
- in Russian - € 34.00 / $US 50.00

You can read more about this book here
http://www.proz.com/books

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(11) ProZ.com trainings - the leading source for translator training
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Did you know that ProZ.com training courses are now the leading source of training for translators worldwide? This year alone, 260 training sessions have already been held in more than 20 countries. For upcoming hands-on training courses, see: http://www.proz.com/translator_training

As for online training sessions, they cover subjects proposed by members, such as: CAT / TM tools, business matters and other key translation-related areas. See: http://www.proz.com/online_trainings

If you are an experienced trainer who may be interested in offering training via ProZ.com, please contact staff member Soledad; her email address is {soledad at proz.com}

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(12) Cursos de capacitación en España
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Para matenerse actualizado con las últimas herramientas del mercado, ampliar su oferta de servicios y ser un exitoso traductor en el mercado intenacional, participe en los cursos de capacitación de ProZ.com: http://www.proz.com/trainings .

Cursos en diciembre en España:

15 de diciembre - Madrid
Trados Inicial http://www.proz.com/training/943

Recuerde que también tiene la opción de cursos de capacitación a distancia
http://www.proz.com/online_trainings

Si usted es un profesional con experiencia y está interesado en realizar cursos para traductores en su zona, puede escribirnos a soledad@proz.com

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(13) Cursos de capacitación en Argentina
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Para matenerse actualizado con las últimas herramientas del mercado, ampliar su oferta de servicios y ser un exitoso traductor en el mercado intenacional, participe en los cursos de capacitación de ProZ.com: http://www.proz.com/trainings .

Cursos en diciembre en Argentina:

12 de diciembre - Trados Avanzado Teórico Práctico
Ciudade de Buenos Aires http://www.proz.com/training/422

Recuerde que también tiene la opción de cursos de capacitación a distancia
http://www.proz.com/online_trainings

Si usted es un profesional con experiencia y está interesado en realizar cursos para traductores en su zona, puede escribirnos a soledad at proz.com

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(14) Cursos de capacitación en Chile
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Para matenerse actualizado con las últimas herramientas del mercado, ampliar su oferta de servicios y ser un exitoso traductor en el mercado intenacional, participe en los cursos de capacitación de ProZ.com: http://www.proz.com/trainings .

Cursos en diciembre en Chile:

13 de diciembre - Taller para la conversión de archivos PDF a Word
Santiago http://www.proz.com/training/1171

Recuerde que también tiene la opción de cursos de capacitación a distancia
http://www.proz.com/online_trainings

Si usted es un profesional con experiencia y está interesado en realizar cursos para traductores en su zona, puede escribirnos a soledad at proz.com

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(15) Training sessions in Vietman
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Để cho buổi đào tạo thực hành với công cụ chuyên nghiệp hàng đầu, hãy khám phá đào tạo của ProZ.com http://www.proz.com/trainings.

Lịch biểu cho tháng 12/Việt Nam:
Ngày 6 tháng 12 TpHCM- Giới thiệu về công cụ hỗ trợ dịch thuật/Wordfast http://www.proz.com/training/1153.

Chỗ trống hết rất nhanh ở một số nơi, do vậy đăng kí ngay bây giờ cho những buổi đào tạo này và các buổi khác tại nơi của bạn: http://www.proz.com/trainings.

Ghi nhớ rằng bạn cũng có lựa chọn cho buổi đào tạo cá nhân trực tuyến. Xem: http://www.proz.com/online_trainings.

Nếu bạn là một nhà đào tạo có kinh nghiệm có nhiều chứng nhận, và quan tâm đến việc cung cấp một buổi đào tạo tại nơi của bạn, hoặc muốn tham gia một loại hình đào tạo cụ thể tại nơi của bạn, vui lòng liên hệ Soledad: "{soledad at proz.com}".

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For hands-on training sessions with top professional tools, check out ProZ.com trainings. http://www.proz.com/trainings

Schedule for December/ Vietman:

December 3rd. HCMC – “Hands on” Beginners Course – An introduction to Trados
http://www.proz.com/training/1153


Spots fill quickly in some areas, so check now for these and other sessions in your area: http://www.proz.com/trainings

Remember that you also have the option of individual online sessions. see:
http://www.proz.com/online_trainings


If you are an experienced trainer with references, and would be interested in offering a session in your area, or would like to see a certain type of training in your area, please contact Soledad: "{soledad at proz.com}"

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(16) Training sessions in Germany
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For hands-on training sessions with top professional tools, check out ProZ.com trainings. http://www.proz.com/trainings

Schedule for December/ Germany:

Hannover
9.12. SDL Trados für Einsteiger
http://www.proz.com/translator_training/1132

10.12. SDL Trados für fortgeschrittene Benutzer
http://www.proz.com/translator_training/1135

11.12. SDL Trados MultiTerm
http://www.proz.com/translator_training/1138

Bonn (Achtung: Laptop-Schulung, es stehen keine Rechner im Schulungsraum zur Verfügung)

16.12. SDL Trados für Einsteiger
http://www.proz.com/translator_training/1124

17.12. SDL Trados für fortgeschrittene Benutzer
http://www.proz.com/translator_training/1127

18.12. SDL Trados MultiTerm
http://www.proz.com/translator_training/1129

Spots fill quickly in some areas, so check now for these and other sessions in your area: http://www.proz.com/trainings

Remember that you also have the option of individual online sessions. see:
http://www.proz.com/online_trainings

If you are an experienced trainer with references, and would be interested in offering a session in your area, or would like to see a certain type of training in your area, please contact Soledad: "{soledad at proz.com}"

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(17) How about a ProZ.com video center?
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With the goal of further enabling knowledge sharing, ProZ.com is working on the creation of a multimedia area.

In this new section, site users will find a comprehensive and multilingual collection of videos composed of contributions from members. It is expected that enhancing the site's knowledgebase will allow the community to benefit from additional ways of exchanging experience and expertise.

Be part of this new initiative and benefit!

Sharing knowledge is not the only goal of the ProZ.com video center. This area will also serve as another means of offering members unique forms of promotion. ProZ.com is the most-visited portal in the translation industry, and this makes it possible to offer a high level of exposure to those who contribute with content to this shared knowledgebase.

If you have made videos or audiovisual presentations in the past and own the content, please consider sharing your knowledge with the community in this new area. You may send your material, including a brief description, to {soledad at proz.com}

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(18) A week of free webinars: Across, Alchemy, Beetext, MemoQ, SDL Trados, Wordfast
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ProZ.com has arranged a series of FREE webinars on tools and products during the 2nd week of December.

Companies providing free Webinars include:

Across - Wed, Dec 10, 2008 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM GMT
Alchemy - Thu, Dec 11, 2008 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM GMT
Beetext - Thu, Dec 11, 2008 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM GMT
Kilgray (MemoQ) - Mon, Dec 8, 2008 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM GMT
SDL TRADOS - Tue, Dec 9, 2008 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM GMT
Wordfast - Tue, Dec 9, 2008 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM GMT

To view details on all sessions and to register for any of the FREE webinars please visit http://www.proz.com/online_trainings and look for the free webinar series.

Sign up for as many as you like.

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(19) Year-end powwows: Warsaw, Moscow, BA, Cardiff, Bordeaux, etc
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A host of year-end powwows provides ample opportunities for meeting with old friends as well as new. Upcoming events:

December

3: Warszawa (22 members) http://proz.com/pw/2393
4: Moscow (36) http://proz.com/pw/2399
6: Buenos Aires (34) http://proz.com/pw/2371
6: Cardiff (10) http://proz.com/pw/2381
6: Bordeaux (15) http://proz.com/pw/2291
10: Charleston, US (2) http://proz.com/pw/2333
11: Azuqueca de Henares, Spain (4) http://proz.com/pw/2413
12: Bacharach, Germany (23) http://proz.com/pw/1943
12: Prague (24) http://proz.com/pw/1945
12: Montréal (13) http://proz.com/pw/2405
13: Nîmes (8) http://proz.com/pw/2327
13: Lyon (14) http://proz.com/pw/2389
13: Milan (19) http://proz.com/pw/2402
13: Montevideo (13) http://proz.com/pw/2417
13: Donetsk, Ukraine (15) http://proz.com/pw/2321
13: London (12) http://proz.com/pw/2357
14: Atlanta (5) http://proz.com/pw/2390
17: Manchester (8) http://proz.com/pw/2416
18: New York (10) http://proz.com/pw/2336
18: Perth, Australia (4) http://proz.com/pw/2312
19: Posadas, Argentina (5) http://proz.com/pw/2375
27: Stip, Macedonia (FYROM) (8) http://proz.com/pw/2408

January
6: St. Petersburg (10) http://proz.com/pw/2395
17: Louisville (2) http://proz.com/pw/2359
17: Munich (7) http://proz.com/pw/2386
22: Florence (5) http://proz.com/pw/2407
24: Tbilisi (7) http://proz.com/pw/2398
26: Online (Skype) http://proz.com/pw/2410

For more, or to add one in your town, go to: http://www.proz.com/powwows



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