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ProZ.com Newsletter: January 2013

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(1) Are you making the most of freelance translator resources?
(2) New Translators without Borders newsletter
(3) Localization spotlight: the Czech localization team
(4) Help determine winners in the 11th translation contest
(5) New podcast: Say goodbye to feast or famine
(6) Freelance free webinar week: February 4th - 7th
(7) ProZ.com presents Free LSP webinar week
(8) Save up to 40% on CAT Tools and software with group buying
(9) Planning to make more money and be more productive in 2013?
(10) 38% of translators report having being scammed at least once
(11) Save the date: ProZ.com international conference in Porto


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(1) Are you making the most of freelance translator resources?
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ProZ.com member Johanne Benoit-Gallagher -- http://www.proz.com/translator/141169 -- recently wrote a guest post on the Catherine Translates blog about her experiences using ProZ.com. She provides some good tips for both the new freelancer and the established professional.

http://www.catherinetranslates.com/proz-cons-membership-translation-workplace-johanne/

You can also read Johanne's own blog: http://primatranslation.com/blog/

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(2) Highlights from the new Translators without Borders newsletter
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Translators without Borders (TwB) has just released their latest newsletter. Highlights include:

* ProZ.com member Ashutosh Mitra -- www.proz.com/profile/1273307 -- as this issue's "Translator Hero"
* TwB's Access to Knowledge Awards, with Certified PRO member Ildiko Santana -- www.proz.com/profile/37677 -- and ProZ.com founder and president Henry Dotterer among the winners
* An update on the Healthcare Translators' Training Center in Kenya
* Information on how to collaborate with Translators without Borders, and why members of the ProZ.com Certified Network, and ATA-certified translators, are able to join TwB without additional testing
* Updates on other recent activity, including the fact that in 2011 and 2012 TwB volunteers made it possible to donate over seven million words to humanitarian organizations around the world

http://twbnewsletter.translatorswithoutborders.org/

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(3) Localization spotlight: the Czech localization team
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Each month, the ProZ.com newsletter features an article highlighting one of the ProZ.com localization teams and the work they are doing to bring the ProZ.com site to their native languages.

This month's spotlight is on the the Czech localization team:

Marek Buchtel -- http://www.proz.com/profile/88263
Pavel Blann -- http://www.proz.com/profile/27685
Tomas Mosler, MITI -- http://www.proz.com/profile/817450
Jan Hrdlicka -- http://www.proz.com/profile/758941
Markéta Vilhelmová -- http://www.proz.com/profile/707117
Zuzana Suchá -- http://www.proz.com/profile/29805

Marek Buchtel, the team coordinator, had this to say about the team's work:

"Localization helps promote the site and makes it available to a wider audience – not only translators and interpreters who don't speak English, but also to end customers in the target country, who may not understand English or feel comfortable using it for business. That’s why I'm happy I can give back to the community that has helped me so much in my professional career. And at the same time, I'm gaining great experience while coordinating the work of our team."

If you are a ProZ.com member and you would like to join a localization team in your native language, contact site staff to volunteer.

http://www.proz.com/support/

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(4) Happy translating and good luck to contest participants. You can help determine the winners.
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Be sure to visit the latest translation contest, with the theme "Contemporary society." Thirty-three language pairs are in the qualification round and another twenty-three are in finals. Stop by to check out the entries and help determine this contest's finalists and winners. A new improved tagging system is now in use to allow you to provide feedback on the translations submitted.

Thank you to all who have participated so far, and good luck to the contestants!

http://www.proz.com/translation-contests/31

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(5) New ProZ.com podcast: interview with Jo Mo on her book "Say goodbye to feast or famine"
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In the first ProZ.com podcast of the year, staff member Maria interviews member Joy Mo -- http://www.proz.com/profile/1180658 -- on her book "Say Goodbye to Feast or Famine". Joy offers tips on finding clients, marketing and networking, and developing a long-term business in translation.

If you missed previous podcasts, you can also listen to them online or download them from the archive.

http://blogproz.wordpress.com/podcasts/

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(6) Register today for ProZ.com free webinar week: February 4th - 7th
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ProZ.com free webinars allow registered ProZ.com users to attend workshops and informational presentations on CAT tools and other products for free.

Join ProZ.com for a week of free webinars featuring presentations from SDL Trados, WordFinder, Wordfast and memoQ.

http://www.proz.com/pages/FreelanceFreeWebinarWeek

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(7) ProZ.com presents Free LSP webinar week beginning February 11th
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Join leading CAT tool and software providers for a series of free webinars geared toward Language Service Providers and translation industry project managers.

Registration and attendance at all included webinars are free. Special offers and discounts will also be made available to attendees.

http://www.proz.com/pages/LSPFreeWebinarWeek

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(8) Save up to 40% on CAT Tools and software with translator group buying
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Save up to 40% on CAT Tools and software by joining colleagues in buying via ProZ.com's translator group buy program.

http://www.proz.com/tgb

You can also receive notification of future software sales by selecting the option in the email settings of your ProZ.com account: http://proz.me/TGBMailing

And if you are looking to invest in translation-related software, be sure to compare features, read reviews, and find links to free trials, forums and more using ProZ.com's software comparison tool.

http://www.proz.com/software-comparison-tool

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(9) Do your goals for 2013 include increasing your income, being productive and enjoying more balance in your life?
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If your goals for 2013 include increasing your income, learning how to be more productive and to cut out procrastination and improving your work/life balance, don't miss out on two exciting opportunities to learn how to achieve these goals with business skills trainer Konstantin Kisin -- http://www.proz.com/translator/82508

Register for the Work|Life Balance Workshop on March 30th to learn how to enjoy a more balanced life, deal with stress and tension and keep your composure in challenging situations.

http://www.proz.com/conference/386

Follow up on July 20th with the Boost Your Productivity Now! event to discover productivity techniques and ideas that can be applied to your business immediately.

http://www.proz.com/conference/383

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(10) 38% of translators surveyed report having being scammed at least once
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Most business interactions are honest and straightforward, but sometimes just a handful of persons with the wrong intentions can do more damage than expected. Translation-related scams are part of the landscape, and all freelancers should apply appropriate risk management procedures when approached by a stranger with a business offer.

In 2012, just over 38% of translators surveyed stated that they had fallen victim to a scam at least once in their professional career.

The ProZ.com team takes a very active stand against scams. Measures are in place and are constantly being improved in the interest of protecting members, but the best protection is translators helping translators to learn about scam detection and developing better risk management procedures.

Help spread the word: the translation scam center has useful information that can help you or a colleague be better informed and prepared. Instant alerts are sent out when new scams are detected, and digests of alerts are also available. ProZ.com members can subscribe to these alerts, and everyone can review the archive and other resources provided.

http://www.proz.com/about/translator-scam-alerts/

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(11) Mark your calendar: ProZ.com international conference in Porto, Portugal
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In 2013 the ProZ.com international conference will be in beautiful Porto, Portugal.

This event will focus on the new demands and challenges that translators must face to excel at what they do. Many experienced speakers from the translation industry will be in attendance to share their expertise with colleagues from all over the world.

As usual, the conference will be held on a weekend (June 8th and 9th), but there are some exciting plans for those who arrive on the Friday before and leave on the Monday after.

Early bird pricing is available until April 15th.

http://www.proz.com/conference/388


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