Poll: Have you worked as part of a team of translators?
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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 03:24
Spanish to English
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Yes Sep 17, 2010

Occasionally. Not all the time.

I have one more or less permanent collaborator who translates into Spanish for me or revises any texts into Spanish that I may have to do myself. She can also translate very competently into English, especially in certain fields like market research, which I then revise before delivery (I am generally not in favour of non-native translation, unless with strict quality control and the involvement of a native speaker).

Sometimes I have had to put a team together for larger projects, but usually I prefer to do my own work. Too many cooks etc ...

I also have some colleagues who translate into/from other languages other than my active pairs, such as German, Russian or Arabic, but I don't get much demand for these languages ...


 

Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 03:24
Member (2008)
English to Italian
yes Sep 17, 2010

in one case the original English texts had to be translated into several languages, so we all worked on the same projects

for a specific client I always work with a colleague, we are both translators/proofreaders, the clients states the roles.


 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 03:24
Member (2006)
German to English
Yes, but never again Sep 17, 2010

because there were too many people participating and it took more time for communicating than for translating and the results of some of the other translators were, tcha..

Anyway, been there, seen it and dont really need to go there again


 

Interlangue (X)
Angola
Local time: 03:24
English to French
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Yes, often Sep 17, 2010

Been part of several teams coordinated by an agency, for different subjects and for different language pairs. Always for very large projects, sometimes covering several years.

 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 18:24
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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For all the years I was a staff translator Sep 17, 2010

...and now, occasionally, as well.

That's how I got my training and developed my skills. I think it's great. I always learn from colleagues.


 

Mike (de Oliveira) Brady  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Member (2008)
Portuguese to English
Virtually Sep 17, 2010

I've been part of a virtual team coordinated by the Project Manager. I had no contact with other members of the team, but received a new TM with every new batch of files (this was for a software localisation project).

We also had a spreadsheet going round as a style guide with standardised translations.

It was an interesting way to work and required discipline to search through the TM to keep terminology in step - particularly important as many of the files used similar constructions.


 

Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 19:24
English to Spanish
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No teamwork Sep 17, 2010

I like people as friends, but the advantage to my work is that I can work alone and I do not have to put up with other people. Working together can ruin a good relationship rather quickly.

Thus there is no teamwork for me.


 

Amy Duncan (X)  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 22:24
Portuguese to English
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One time only Sep 17, 2010

I once worked with a virtual team on a very large job. I didn't enjoy it at all...there were a lot of disagreements about terms, and there seemed to be no one to make any final decisions. I prefer working alone.

 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 03:24
Spanish to English
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Squabbles Sep 17, 2010

Amy Duncan wrote:

I once worked with a virtual team on a very large job. I didn't enjoy it at all...there were a lot of disagreements about terms, and there seemed to be no one to make any final decisions. I prefer working alone.


Me too, then the only punch-ups I have are with myself...

I's also like to hear from Mike about this aspect - what do you do if you disagree with the "standard terms"? I can be quite aggressive when defending my vocabulary choices, which is probably why I too prefer to work alone...


 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 03:24
Member (2006)
German to English
It wasnt the fact of working with other people Sep 17, 2010

neilmac wrote:

Amy Duncan wrote:

I once worked with a virtual team on a very large job. I didn't enjoy it at all...there were a lot of disagreements about terms, and there seemed to be no one to make any final decisions. I prefer working alone.


Me too, then the only punch-ups I have are with myself...

I's also like to hear from Mike about this aspect - what do you do if you disagree with the "standard terms"? I can be quite aggressive when defending my vocabulary choices, which is probably why I too prefer to work alone...


It was more the case of everyone doint what they wanted (I think ther were a total of 12 translators DE -> US/UK) and nobody kept to the terminology which resulted in the wrong terms being used and then fingers were pointed in all directs as to whos fault it was.
I think maybe a small team is okay, but when you get loads of children working together throughout the world, it does not necessarily work out that well


 

Marlene Blanshay  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 21:24
Member (2009)
French to English
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Once, a few months ago Sep 18, 2010

It didn't go that well. The problem started with the client who was incredibly disorganized.
Then one of the translators dropped out and we had to get two more. I found one and the outsourcer found another. Then the deadline was moved UP. It was just a chaotic nightmare and I was glad when it was done. It really wasn't the problem with the translators, it started with a disorganized client.

I'm not in any hurry to work as a team again, even though I know that not all clients are like that. They were just epic.


 


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