Being established as lawyer-linguist/legal translator
Thread poster: JVSantos

JVSantos  Identity Verified
Luxembourg
Local time: 04:59
Member (2013)
English to Portuguese
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Feb 19, 2015

Hello,

I am a freelance Lawyer-Linguist and legal translator, based in Luxembourg. Active in translations from English to Portuguese, French to Portuguese, Spanish to Portuguese, including both Brazilian Portuguese and European Portuguese.

I would like to exchange input with fellow lawyer-linguists and legal translators. What CAT and TM tools and dictionaries do you use?

Currently, I´m using SDL Trados Studio 2014, testing WordFast and Wordbee. I´m planning to invest in quality TM´s but I need some guidance.

What tools should I have? And how much should I invest?

Thanks very much for any advice provided!

João (JC)


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In2 Translation
Netherlands
Local time: 04:59
Sounds like you're on the right path Feb 19, 2015

I also use Trados and despite its many glitches I am (mostly) happy with it. It also seems to be the most commonly accepted CAT tool when needing to exchange files and whatnot.

As for sites, I use WordReference and Proz for run of the mill kinds of terminology. If I encounter something more challening, I just poke around the internet. I usually find what I am looking for.

I haven't heard of anyone buying TMs, as it is something you yourself create. I'm sure there are people who would sell them to you, but I can't imagine they would be terribly helpful unless they were on a very specific subject.

I don't use anything else but internet resources and Trados, and that's worked great for me so far... oh, I do suppose I use Adobe Acrobat Pro to convert pdfs to .doc files, that is useful (I don't remember if it costs or not).

Good luck!


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Heather Walker  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 21:59
German to English
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Me too Feb 20, 2015

I'm also interested in getting some advice on this subject, because I should be lawyer by September, as long as I pass the Bar Exam.

Right now I'm testing out Fluency and the online legal translator's dictionary, plus Google, of course, but it is very slow. I just got a monolingual dictionary and thesaurus, and I'm finding those helpful too.


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