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Poll: How many times do you usually proofread your translations?
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David Russi  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 18:07
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I EDIT my translations Jul 22, 2010

then I proofread them. The number of times depends on the text, generally once is enough, but sometimes more than one proofreading is warranted.

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Noni Gilbert
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Local time: 02:07
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"I don't proofread" Jul 22, 2010

But I presume that those who ticked this box pay someone else to do that.

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Rebekka Groß  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:07
English to German
generally twice Jul 22, 2010

But I usually call it the first round a "review" during which I iron out stylistical glitches and potential errors. The second round is more akin to proofreading intended to catch anything I missed first time round and ensure fluency.

However, depending on the text and the time pressure I might only do one review of my own work.


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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 17:07
English to German
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Three times. Always. Jul 22, 2010

First round: Review and comparison with the source text.
Second round: Monolingual proofreading.

Then I send my translation to the editor / proofreader.

Third round: I check the edits / changes / corrections made by my editor and decide on my final version. Which is sent to the client.

Works nicely.


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Teresa Borges
Portugal
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English to Portuguese
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Three times: as Nicole... Jul 22, 2010

... though not always. Just once ot twice for translations of less than 1.000 words. But all my work is always proofread by another translator!

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Sabina Winkler CAPIRSI  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 02:07
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German to Italian
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Three times ... Jul 22, 2010

... always ... as Nicole ...

It doesn't matter if the text consists of 10 or 10.000 words...


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Alexander Kondorsky  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 04:07
English to Russian
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I proofread each sentence Jul 22, 2010

I thoroughly proofread each sentence while I work (using Wordfast) therefore I normally do not re-read the whole test after work is finished.

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Tansy  Identity Verified
Local time: 02:07
German to English
Good poll! Jul 22, 2010

After doing the rough translation I go through the whole thing again segment by segment on screen with Trados (first proofread). I then print it out and compare the source and target texts on paper (second proofread). I then try to take a break and come back to it later reading the translation for style and comprehension. I might even print it out a second time and go through it again if I made a lot of changes on the first paper printout (but that's not usually necessary). Depending on the type of text, I sometimes pay a colleague to proofread as well.

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Elizabeth Faracini  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 20:07
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Italian to English
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I edit first too. Jul 22, 2010

David Russi wrote:

then I proofread them. The number of times depends on the text, generally once is enough, but sometimes more than one proofreading is warranted.


I have the same general procedure.


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Renata Forgacs  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 01:07
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Three or four times, depending on the text Jul 22, 2010

As Nicole and Tansy. And this includes having my translation checked by another linguist. I'm just wondering about that 2.3 % who say they do not proofread at all... Even if someone else does it for them, surely, you would want to see what they have changed before you send out a job...

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Louise Souter  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 01:07
Spanish to English
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It depends Jul 22, 2010

I normally edit once and then proofread once, but for some difficult jobs I repeat each step as often as necessary/as time permits.

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Carolyn Oliveira  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 20:07
Portuguese to English
+3 Jul 22, 2010

Is there no option for obsessively?

It depends on the text, of course. For regular work, I read it over once after I let the text rest for a bit.


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Textklick  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:07
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Usually 3x Jul 22, 2010

Edit on screen, read again on screen and then hard-copy review. The first two are extremely important; the last is vital.

I like to leave to leave marketing work to "fester" for a day or so if possible (sorry - I meant "mature").

If it's a direct customer (i.e. not an agency that claims to have in-house reviewers) then it goes to a third-party reviewer. Then I check their input (which makes it 4x).

After that, you still occasionally have the amusement of some well-meaning and ambitious soul asking whether you can "really say that" in English.

The response to that question is best given in English.


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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 17:07
English to German
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Yes, yes and yes. Jul 22, 2010

Textklick wrote:

Edit on screen, read again on screen and then hard-copy review. The first two are extremely important; the last is vital.

I like to leave to leave marketing work to "fester" for a day or so if possible (sorry - I meant "mature").

If it's a direct customer (i.e. not an agency that claims to have in-house reviewers) then it goes to a third-party reviewer. Then I check their input (which makes it 4x).

After that, you still occasionally have the amusement of some well-meaning and ambitious soul asking whether you can "really say that" in English.

The response to that question is best given in English.



I have worked in ad agencies for many years - the copy writers were never allowed to proofread texts on their monitors. You are simply blindsighted. Advertising with a readership of millions of people for each and every little piece of text cannot afford one single typo - as long as you don't want to make history, i.e. become the laughing stock for the competitors and the rest of the world.


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