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Poll: When do you usually review your translations?
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Anne Carnot  Identity Verified
Belgium
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English to French
At the end Oct 7, 2009

I tend to do a first quick draft to make sure there is no problem or major surprise, then print it and review it. It can sometimes take longer than writing the first draft of the translation...

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Tatty  Identity Verified
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I do it as I go Oct 7, 2009

Actually, it depends on the type of text. If it is a legal text I tend to revise it on a sentence by sentence basis, then read the paragraph through quickly. If it is a text that requires me to deploy all my translating skills then I may treat each paragraph as a unit. Either way at the end of the translation I check it for readability, run the spell check, check capitals, italics, formatting etc. then print it off to make sure that it is word perfect, or as close to that standard as humanly possible.

I used to use the approach set out above but I started to hate the proofreading stage, so I changed technique. Now when I read it as a whole for the first time I am delighted to find that I only have to tweak it slightly.


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Oleksandr Kupriyanchuk  Identity Verified
Ukraine
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After translating sentences, parapraphs, pages and a file (2 times) Oct 7, 2009

OR until I feel that the text becomes PERFECT.

Usually so...

It can consume your time, but in the long run, it does pay




[Edited at 2009-10-07 08:39 GMT]

[Edited at 2009-10-07 08:47 GMT]


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Jocelyne S  Identity Verified
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Different steps Oct 7, 2009

I suppose that I read over each segment as I go, but I don't know if that counts...

When working on a short translation (2000 words or less), I generally review the translation when I get to the end, unless there is a problem of some sort which requires me to do so earlier.

When working on translations which take several days, I generally read over what I did the day before the following morning to ensure that I maintain a similar style in the next section. This also ensures that when I get to the end, the document has already been read through a first time.

All documents are of course also reviewed in their entirety before being submitted to the client.

Best,
Jocelyne


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Lise Smidth  Identity Verified
Austria
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When the project is finished Oct 7, 2009

Usually I review my translations when I have translated all files of the specific project.

When working on very large projects I might also review one or more finished files as I get along.


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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
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One day after I finish Oct 7, 2009

I finish the translation, leave it for one day and the I read it again. It is useful for improving it, as if you are not completely "IN" the translation, you can see it differently and improve it.

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xxxInterlangue
Angola
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After each file Oct 7, 2009

(at least twice) and again (at least once) when all files of the same job are finished.

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Rafael Molina Pulgar  Identity Verified
Mexico
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How come? Oct 7, 2009

Almost 1 % of colleagues don't review their translations!!!

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xxxAguas de Mar
My guess Oct 7, 2009

Rafael Molina Pulgar wrote:

Almost 1 % of colleagues don't review their translations!!!


They probably work for agencies and believe (mistakenly, IMHO) that revision is the agency's job.


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TAKAKO CN6YR
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When they finish a whole text Oct 7, 2009

Most of translators review after a whole text.
I usually check it after each sentence because I always want to compare it with original. It takes longer, especially for a first paragraph, but I can't change my style.

Rafael Molina Pulgar wrote:

Almost 1 % of colleagues don't review their translations!!!


I wrote this option for a joke. I was very surprised:)))))

[Edited at 2009-10-07 11:38 GMT]


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Rocio Barrientos  Identity Verified
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Ditto Alexander Oct 7, 2009

Alexander Kupriyanchuk wrote:


OR until I feel that the text becomes PERFECT.

Usually so...

It can consume your time, but in the long run, it does pay




[Edited at 2009-10-07 08:39 GMT]

[Edited at 2009-10-07 08:47 GMT]


I review and review and review....

Happy translating everyone!


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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At least once, sometimes more Oct 7, 2009

Always at the end.

Very often I review a job twice - first for meaning and then for typos and grammatical lapses. I learned decades ago as an editor (before I was a translator) that the two processes require different types of attention and trying to do both at once leads to one aspect being sacrificed for the other, back and forth, so that neither result is really reliable.

This is especially important when working from machine translation, which unfortunately I have had to do a lot of.

I also re-read what I've done as I'm working.


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xxxInterlangue
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Does not prevent Oct 7, 2009

[quote]Takako Shibuya wrote:

Most of translators review after a whole text.
I usually check it after each sentence because I always want to compare it with original. It takes longer, especially for a first paragraph, but I can't change my style. [quote]

Checking at the end of a text also allows to compare with the source


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Cristina Munari  Identity Verified
Italy
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Quality has its price Oct 7, 2009

Rafael Molina Pulgar wrote:

Almost 1 % of colleagues don't review their translations!!!


Maybe because the proofreading has to be done by a second translator.
Secondly, when you work in-house you are requested to produce an error-free or almost error-free translation, because there is no time to review your own work.
Proofreading will be done afterwards and is not included in the translation fee.
Of course, a professional freelancer will deliver a translation ready for print and will be paid accordingly. He will also negotiate a reasonable deadline, taking into account an extra day for review.


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