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Taña Dalglish
Translating the Ideas Behind the Words

Kingston, Kingston, Jamaica
Local time: 06:33 EST (GMT-5)

Native in: English 
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"Translating the Ideas Behind the Words".
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Services Translation, Editing/proofreading, MT post-editing, Desktop publishing
Specializes in:
Poetry & LiteraturePhotography/Imaging (& Graphic Arts)
Law (general)Law: Contract(s)
Petroleum Eng/SciSports / Fitness / Recreation
Livestock / Animal HusbandryPrinting & Publishing
Investment / SecuritiesEngineering: Industrial

Spanish to English - Rates: 0.10 - 0.13 USD per word / 45 - 50 USD per hour
English to Spanish - Rates: 0.10 - 0.13 USD per word / 45 - 50 USD per hour
French to English - Rates: 0.10 - 0.13 USD per word / 45 - 50 USD per hour
English to French - Rates: 0.10 - 0.13 USD per word / 45 - 50 USD per hour
Preferred currency USD
KudoZ activity (PRO) PRO-level points: 6581, Questions answered: 3032, Questions asked: 76
Project History 2 projects entered
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Duration: Nov 2006 to Jan 2007
English to Spanish
Website of the leading Caribbean rent-a-car company, Fr., Gr., Italian & Spanish

Need a rental car in Jamaica? There is only one choice. Island Car Rentals Ltd. has been in operation in Jamaica for over thirty years and is the largest Jamaican rent-a-car company with branches in Montego Bay and Kingston serving vacationers, returning residents and locals. The company is licensed by the Jamaica Tourist Board and is a member of the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association and the Jamaica U-drive Association. Island offers a range of ground transportation services. Clients may opt for sightseeing tours, private transfers, executive chauffeur service or day trips as well as car rentals. For visitors seeking a flexible, varied holiday that allows them to see all Jamaica, we offer Fly/Drive Jamaica, a unique vacation package with attractive rates that include a choice of accommodations and a rented car. As a truly Jamaican company committed to the highest service standards, our motto has been - Island People Take Better Care of You. This promise is the centrepiece of our mission. ¿Necesita alquilar un vehículo en Jamaica? Hay solamente una opción. Island Car Rentals Ltd. (Limitada) ha estado operando en Jamaica por más de treinta años y es la compañía jamaicana más grande de alquiler de vehículos con sucursales en Montego Bay y en Kingston, sirviendo a los turistas, los residentes que regresan a Jamaica y a los locales. La compañía está certificada por la Jamaica Tourist Board (Oficina de Turismo de Jamaica), es miembro de la Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association (Asociación Hotelera y Turismo de Jamaica) y de la Jamaica U-drive Association (Asociación de Conductores Independientes de Jamaica). Island ofrece una gama de servicios de transporte terrestre. Los clientes pueden optar por tours, servicio privado de transferencia, servicio ejecutivo de chofer o viajes de un día, así como alquiler de carros. Para los visitantes que buscan unas vacaciones flexibles y variadas que les permita ver toda Jamaica, ofrecemos Fly/Drive Jamaica (Programa Volar/Manejar de Jamaica), un paquete único de vacaciones con tarifas atractivas que incluye una opción de comodidades y de un coche alquilado. Como una compañía jamaicana verdaderamente comprometida a tener los estándares más altos de servicio, nuestro lema ha sido - Island People Take Better Care of You (Personas de Island lo Cuidan Mejor). Esta promesa es la pieza central de nuestra misión.

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English to Spanish
Chat Bout - Clues to understanding the Jamaican dialect

CHAT BOUT FRET NOT IF YOU SEE TWO JAMAICANS IN DIALOGUE – LOUD AND ANIMATED WITH HANDS FLYING ALL AROUND. CHANCES ARE, IT IS NOT A DISAGREEMENT, THOUGH SO IT WOULD SEEM TO BE. JAMAICAN “PATOIS” IS EXPRESSED AS MUCH THROUGH GESTURE AND DRAMA AS TONE AND RHYTHM. IT IS THE WAY A VERY PASSIONATE PEOPLE SHARE IDEAS AND FEELINGS. So much more than a means of communication, the language emerged as the expression of a people torn from their roots and oppressed. It was as much a part of them as the dark hue of their skin – their way of communicating the exclusion of others. Centuries later what we have is not a language of defeat and depression but a colourful lingo spoken by a people with a gift for vivid imagery, ridicule and irony, down-to-earth humour and bawdy cuss-words. A creative intermingling of words which have their roots in the English of the colonizers and the African tongues of the majority. A lot of it is quite easy to adapt to. Jamaicans tend to drop the ‘r’ at the end of words, so that dollar becomes ‘dolla’, and water becomes ‘wata’. Double “t’s” within words sometimes become double “k’s”, changing little to ‘likkle’, and bottle to ‘bokkle’. We often add or subtract ‘h’ at will so that when you ‘harrive’ at your ‘otel’, ‘heverybody’ will tell you ‘ello’. For simplicity, men and women alike become ‘im’ or ‘dem’. ‘Dem’ is quite a versatile word. It also acts as a modifier to pluralize everything, so ‘yuh new fren dem’ will accompany you to the ‘place dem’ that you need to visit. Jamaicans also have an interesting system of adding words - your ‘frock tail’ may ‘hitch up’ under your ‘foot bottom’ causing you to ‘drop dung’ and hurt your ‘neck back’. Many words and phrases are unique to Jamaica. When in Jamaica you ‘nyam’ (eat) your ‘bickle’ (food) and ‘labrish’ (gossip) with friends. ‘Jam’ (hang out) on the beach with your ‘likkle boonoonoonous’ (someone you love) or ‘bush-out’ (dress up), ‘touch di road’ (leave your house) and ‘go sport’ (socialize). In the market you’re sure to get ‘brawta’ (a little extra) with any purchase. Enjoy ‘ital stew’ (salt-free rastafarian/vegetarian dish) and a good ‘reasoning’ (discussion) with your Jamaican ‘Idren’ (friends). ‘Skank’ (Rock to Reggae music) at a local ‘dance’ (street party) and drink a ‘stripe…well cold’ (very cold Red Stripe Beer). At the end of it all --- “it sweet fi talk”. A few good words to know… Wha’appen? (What’s up?) – Greeting used among friends. Seen (Yes, I understand / It’s OK) – response used in the affirmative or to reassert understanding. Nuff (Plenty) – used to represent volumes…of just about anything; also to describe an overbearing personality eg. “memba fi buy nuff tings” at the craft market (remember to buy lots of things); “how da gyal so nuff?” (why is that girl so overbearing?). Bashment (Excitement/Party) – used as a noun, adjective, adverb eg. “Mi a go a ‘bashment’ (I am going to an exciting event), “Im roll up inna one bashment car” (He arrived in an impressive vehicle), “What a bashy piece a outfit yu wearing!” (The outfit you’re wearing is gorgeous). Rhaatid (Wow) – used as an expression, adjective or to intensify eg. “ Rhaatid, di gate drop down” (Wow, the gate fell), “she get a rhaatid lick” (she got a bad hit), “A figet di mango to rhaatid” (Oh no! I forgot the mango). Walk Good – Departing salutation, issued with good wishes (Good-bye, Take care, Safe travel). CHAT BOUT SI VE A DOS JAMAICANOS HABLÁNDOSE FUERTE Y ACALORADAMENTE, CON MANOS QUE REVOLOTEAN POR TODAS PARTES, NO SE PREOCUPE, ES MUY POSIBLE QUE NO HAYA NINGUNA DESAVENENCIA, AUNQUE ASÍ LO PAREZCA. EL “PATOIS” JAMAICANO SE EXPRESA TANTO A TRAVÉS DEL GESTO Y LA MÍMICA COMO POR EL TONO Y EL RITMO. ES LA FORMA EN QUE UN PUEBLO MUY APASIONADO COMPARTE SUS IDEAS Y SENTIMIENTOS. Más que un medio de comunicación, el idioma surgió como la expresión de un pueblo arrancado de sus raíces y sometido a la opresión. Se convirtió en parte de ellos del mismo modo que lo era el tono oscuro de su piel, fue su manera de comunicar su exclusión. Varios siglos después lo que tenemos no es el idioma de la depresión y la derrota, sino una jerga colorida hablada por gente muy bien dotada para expresar imágenes vivas, la burla y la ironía, el humor mundano y vocablos obscenos. Una entremezcla creativa de palabras que tienen su origen en el inglés de los colonizadores y las lenguas africanas de la mayoría de sus habitantes. Es fácil adaptarse a gran parte de ella. Los jamaicanos tienden a no pronunciar la “r” al final de las palabras, así que dollar (dólar) , se vuelve “dolla” y water (agua) se vuelve “wata”. La “t” doble se transforma en “k” doble, cambiando little (pequeño) por “likkle”, y bottle (botella), por “bokkle”. A menudo agregamos o quitamos el sonido de la “h” (pronunciada como la jota española en inglés) a voluntad para que cuando usted ‘jalla llegado’ a su ‘jotel’, todos “untos” lo recibamos con un caluroso “jola”. Por comodidad, tanto hombres como mujeres son denominados “im” en singular y “dem” en plural. ‘Dem’ es una palabra que tiene muchos usos. Se utiliza para pluralizarlo todo. Así que cuando este en Jamaica “yuh new fren dem (your new friends, en inglés, sus nuevos amigos en castellano), lo acompañarán a “the place dem” (the places/ los lugares) que usted necesita visitar. Los jamaiquinos tienen también un sistema muy interesante de agregar palabras - la ‘cola de tu vestido’ puede ‘metérsete” debajo del “fondo del pie” y hacerte caer y lastimarte “el trasero del cuello’. Muchas palabras y frases son “endémicas” de Jamaica. Mientras está en Jamaica usted ‘nyam’ (come) su ‘bickle’ (alimento) y comparte un ‘labrish’ (chisme) con sus amigos. “Yam with your likkle boonoonoonous” no es más que dar un paseo con la persona que usted ama . “Bush out” es vestirse, “touch the road”, es salir de casa, y “go sport” es socializar. En el mercado trate de obtener un brawta (un extra) con cada compra. También disfrute el “ital stew (plato vegetariano rastafari sin sal), y un buen “razonamiento” (discusión), con sus “idren” (amigos) jamaicanos. ‘Skank’ (mueváse al compás del Reggae) en un “baile” (fiesta callejera) local y bebáse una “stripe” bien fría (una cerveza Red Stripe bien fría). A fin de cuentas, como se dice en Jamaica, “it sweet fi talk” (Hablar, es dulce al paladar). Algunas frases que usted debe saber: ¿Wha’appen? (¿Qué pasa?) – El Saludo usual entre amigos. Seen (Entiendo, está bien, ya veo)- respuesta afirmativa o indicando comprensión. Nuff (mucho) – usado para representar volúmenes de…casi cualquier cosa. También para describir una personalidad subyugante. “Memba fi buy nuff things at the craft market (acuérdate de comprar mucho en el mercado de artesanías; how dat gyal so nuff (¿ Por qué ella es tan subyugante?). Bashment (Entretenimiento, Fiesta), usado como sustantivo, adjetivo, adverbio, etc. “Mi a go a “bashment”, (Voy a algo muy entretenido); Im roll up inna one bashment car (El llegó en un vehículo impresionante); “What a bashy piece a outfit yu wearing (¡Qué clase de ropas llevas puesta!). Rhaatid! (Oh! caramba/tremendo) – usado como expresión, adjetivo o para intensificar p.e.¡ “Rhaatid, di gate drop down (¡Tremendo! El portón se cayó), “she get a rhaatid lick” (¡Se dió tremendo golpe!), “A figet di mango to rhaatid” (Oh no! Me olvidé del mango). Walk Good! - Despedida deseando fortuna, equivalente a nuestros “Buen viaje”, “Cuídate”, “Buena Suerte”.

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Payment methods accepted Wire transfer, Check, Money order
Portfolio Sample translations submitted: 4
Glossaries TD's Italian Glossary, TDalglish
Experience Years of translation experience: 31. Registered at Nov 2006. Certified PRO certificate(s) N/A
Credentials Spanish to English (ProZ)
English (Cambridge Exams at Ordinary Level)
Memberships N/A
Software Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Frontpage, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, SDL TRADOS, Wordfast
Forum posts 31 forum posts
CV/Resume Our CV is available upon request.
Professional practices Taña Dalglish endorses's Professional Guidelines (v1.1).
About me
I was born in Kingston, Jamaica of a Swedish-born (Stockholm) mother whose 1st language was Spanish, having been brought up in Venezuela and an English father (London). Lived in Spanish-speaking countries for extended periods, including Venezuela, Colombia and Panamá. Other languages: Working knowledge of French and Italian.

Mrs. Taña Dalglish, British citizen: A wealth of experience. Twelve years (12) experience with the United Nations in Kingston, Jamaica. Worked with both the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) where responsibility for translating, editing, proofing large documentation in three languages: English, Spanish, and French. Forté: editing and proofing large documentation with complex formatting of diagrams, charts, graphs. Major reference/high volume: over 3 million words coordinated a team of translators and translated into 5 languages (Dutch, French, Italian, German and Spanish).

I generally work together with a colleague, Cindi Scholefield. Cindi was born in Devon, England – English mother, Jamaican father with extensive experience spanning some 40 years, 30 of which were with the Embassy of Argentina. Was awarded the 1964 Jamaican scholarship for Scholastic Achievement and Excellence. Trained at the University of Aberdeen, the University of Barcelona with several study stints in Argentina with a Master of Arts (Honours) degree in Linguistics and Spanish Literature. Has lived in several Spanish-speaking countries for extended periods, including Spain, Argentina and Mexico. Recently left the Embassy of Argentina after some 30 years as the Chief Accountant / Translator/Interpreter in Kingston. Additional languages: 2 years of Portuguese, 1 year of Arabic and 1 year of French.

Taña and Cindi work as a team. We are both native English-speakers with excellent bilingual skills (Sp > Eng / Eng > Sp).

Academic, scientific, legal and business translations SPANISH> ENGLISH

Editing and proofreading of texts in English

Traducciones académicas, científicas, jurídicas y comerciales ESPAÑOL > INGLÉS

Corrección de estilo de textos en inglés


Several legal contracts for a major player in the IT/Communications field (Spanish to UK English) – over 15,000 words and 25,000 words, respectively (SP-US EN)
Several Standards on Safety Requirements and Testing Methods of various products and electronic devices (Spanish to US English) of a technical nature, approximately 160,000 words (SP-US EN)
Three Financial Reports for major clients (SP-UK EN)
Articles for a tourism industry magazine (SP-EN)
Seven tourism blurbs from (SP-UK EN)
Articles of Association (SP-EN)
Minerological Report (SP-EN)
CVs, transcripts and academic certificates (SP-EN)
Contract between IT service provider and client
Case report on Alzheimer’s and Grober and Buschke Test (SP-EN)
Model contract major Petroleum player (SP-EN)
Report of the Emission of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) by Regenerative Thermal Oxidation (SP-EN).
Biology: Soil – Efficient Microorganisms (EM) (SP-EN)
Several petroleum-related documents (SP-EN)
Lease Agreements (SP-EN)
Notice of Pendency of Class Action Suit (SP-EN)
Statement of Compliance for a major telephone provider (SP-EN)
Power of Attorney (SP-EN)
Revision of Terms and Conditions for a major credit card provider (SP-EN)
Historical and architectural articles for several Spanish World Heritage Sites (SP-EN)
Articles on Flexography and Gravure (SP-EN)

Article on Hurricane Shutters, louvres and storm shutters (EN-SP)
Article on high fashion (EN-SP)
Tourism-related articles with over 3M words over a three-year period (5 languages, including Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch and German), in collaboration with certified translators, as well as editing of English documentation. Published on website.

Motor Vehicle Accident Report

Proofreading of Beauty and Cosmetics material (SP-US EN)
Proofreading tourism articles for major hotel chain (SP–US EN)
Proofreading several insurance-related legal documents (SP-EN) and (EN-SP)

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No job too large or too small with solid research abilities
Dedicated, professional and highly experienced
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Recommendations/Recomendaciones para Professional Translator (ProZ Certified ES>EN) en Cinta SD Worldwide Translators Inc.

Clifton Chestnut (un cliente)
Clifton te contrató como Translator en 2009
Sus mejores cualidades: Grandes resultados, Experto, Puntual
“I highly recommend Taña and Cindi for your Spanish-English translation needs. We were under a tight deadline on a major real estate project, and they provided high quality, accurate translations in a timely manner. I sincerely look forward to working with them again.” 7 de diciembre de 2010.

Vickie Massam (un cliente)
Vickie te contrató como Asesor de empresas en 2009 y te contrató más de una vez
Sus mejores cualidades: Grandes resultados, Experto, Gran integridad
“Taña is a consummate professional and expert translator. I have had the great pleasure to work with her on various translation projects throughout the years. The work is always correct and completed on time. Taña is a true gem.” 17 de octubre de 2013.
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Total pts earned: 7178
PRO-level pts: 6581

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English to Spanish2
Specialty fields
Tourism & Travel1
Transport / Transportation / Shipping1
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Keywords: Translation, revising, proof-reading. Often the liaison/coordinator (lead collaborator/researcher) working in six languages (English, Dutch, French, Italian, German, Spanish). Over 2, 000 short tourism-related articles, taglines, captions, etc. for the Jamaica Tourist Board translated into five working languages in collaboration with teams of translators (ongoing). Range of subject areas: History, Culture, Geography, Golf/Sport-related articles, the People, Music, Art, historical sites, information on cities and towns in resort areas, among others. Other clients include a rent-a-car agency and well-established companies. Solid experience working within the United Nations system.

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