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Viviane SH
Palestine
Local time: 20:45
Arabic to English
Mar 28, 2008

I live in Houston, Texas and I am trying to get started with Proz to do some translation ( mainly Arabic to English)...How do I get started? any help?

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Nesrin  Identity Verified
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Look around the forums Mar 29, 2008

Hi Viviane and welcome to Proz! I think a good starting point would be to browse the forums, and this "Getting established" forum in particular. You will find a lot of topics of interest to you have been discussed numerous times. Maybe you can be a bit more specific, tell us a bit more about yourself and what in particular you need help with. You can also check the Proz FAQ http://www.proz.com/faq



Nesrin


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Lawyer-Linguist  Identity Verified
Portugal
Local time: 18:45
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According to your profile ... Mar 29, 2008

... you already have 10 years of experience.

Do you mean how to get started as a freelance translator (have you perhaps been employed up to now), or specifically how to get started making the most out of Proz?


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Andrej  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:45
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German to Russian
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Profile info Mar 29, 2008

You cannot start with the profile you've got now.

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Susan Welsh  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 13:45
Member (2008)
Russian to English
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find "user manual," profile Mar 30, 2008

I'm new also, and have not found it easy to find my way around the site, since there is so much information on it--you could spend a month reading everything. I sent a "support ticket" query, and learned that there exists a user's manual:

http://www.proz.com/translation-articles/articles/262/1/ProZ.com-User-Manual

As to what to charge, the staff member who replied suggested reading the forums. I think this is because there is no one answer. Each language pair has different price levels, and there has been a raging debate over how to keep low-cost competition from driving prices down. I don't find the "rate calculator" useful, since it asks you what you WANT to make--without regard to what the market will bear. Yes, I would like to make $100,000 a year with a month-long paid vacation by the ocean, but...

As to your profile, you have to fill everything out you can. The experienced people all say you have to have a specialty in order to get attention from people interested in your skills. You also need lots of keywords, so your name will come up in searches.

That said, I have not had a single job so far, after about 2 months of trying. All week this week, the only job posted for Ru>En for a non-member with my specialties, etc., is a job on penguins, for which I already bid weeks ago, but the poster hasn't closed the bidding process yet. (I am not a specialist on penguins, although I am fond of them!)

Good luck! I'm sure the work flow is quite different, depending on which language pairs you are expert in, and how many translators there are in the field.

Susan
PS - See
http://www.proz.com/forum/getting_established/93128-obtaining_jobs.html
There are some useful replies (and encouragement) there. I hadn't seen it before. [Edited at 2008-03-30 13:21]

[Edited at 2008-03-30 13:27]


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Viviane SH
Palestine
Local time: 20:45
Arabic to English
TOPIC STARTER
new Mar 31, 2008

i have good experience in translation but never did any translation on PROZ... how do I get articles for translation? it is little confusing here!

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Viviane SH
Palestine
Local time: 20:45
Arabic to English
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Thanks for all. Apr 2, 2008

I just found it little confusing to get started ...esp that i never did any translation online!

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N Ivan Contreras
Local time: 13:45
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Beg your pardon, translation online, did you say? Apr 3, 2008

I don´t see a translation online menu option anywhere, am I blind?

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belindaccg  Identity Verified
China
Local time: 01:45
Member (2008)
English to Chinese
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i'm a full professional translator but a newbie to this web Apr 4, 2008

hello, i come from china, i found the web on 02/2008, so i'm really new to this web, although i have translated for 8 years in china. it's a great place for me to make friends through it. i hope every one to contact me, even call me. let us be friends!

[Edited at 2008-04-04 17:55]


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Ana Maria Fernandez
Local time: 13:45
Spanish to English
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New member Apr 21, 2008

I am a new member (4/2008) and I am trying to get some jobs. I am noticing that there are not a lot of jobs posted right now for my language pair. Are there times where there are more jobs? Also, I am trying to meet fellow translators so any one who want to talk e-mail me.

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Yoana Yotova
Local time: 20:45
English to Bulgarian
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What do you expect from the site? Apr 24, 2008

Viviane SH wrote:

i have good experience in translation but never did any translation on PROZ... how do I get articles for translation? it is little confusing here!


Do you actually expect to find work immediately by just clicking somewhere? If this is the case - then I will disappoint you - this is not how this site works.

A few people already gave you nice links and you should really read the help pages and the guides here.

The Job offers are here: http://www.proz.com/translation-jobs
Read this: http://www.proz.com/?sp=jobs&sp_mode=about to understand how the job searching works.

And good luck!

PS: I doubt anyone would give you any work with the empty profile. Add all the details that you have - you need to advertise yourself.


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