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Janis Abens  Identity Verified
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Foe or bane? May 16, 2012

You do reaqlize that once the fix is done, they will discard the human translator like an empty Tippex bottle. Unless you can leverage this activity and stay on top of the game, it's suicide.

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Paula Hernández
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It's funny May 16, 2012

Should this be a paying course? Since it will mean less income for those who follow this trend, I think it should be free.

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Mikhail Kropotov  Identity Verified
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Why would I trade a real, well-paid job for a 'job opportunity'? May 16, 2012

In other words, Janis and Paula +1

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Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Hebrew to English
Is MT really a "foe"? May 16, 2012

Calling MT a foe implies it is on par with human translation and is capable of posing a serious threat....

Nobody really thinks that do they??? C'mon!

I really don't understand running this as a paying course. It's a bit like offering a teacher the opportunity to go on a training session for teaching assistants. Even though you're a fully fledged teacher, maybe if you do this "lesser" role (in most senses - pay, responsibilities), then you might have more job opportunities.

It defies logic to willingly go along with it.


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Agree May 17, 2012

Paula Hernández wrote:

Should this be a paying course? Since it will mean less income for those who follow this trend, I think it should be free.


Lol - are you sure you're not part Scottish?

No, seriously, last week a client of mine was wanting someone to "edit" texts, by which it turned out he meant summarising AND revising at the same time, sometimes with a bit of translation thrown in. I already do revising and translating for this client as separate services and wasn't interested. Let's just say the colleague who eventually accepted the work now regrets the decision.

However, perhaps we shouldn't condemn the course concept out of hand, since every cloud has a silver lining. Apart from the increased competition from "infinite monkeys", my main gripe with MT is the loss of status it gives rise to in terms of how translation as an art/profession is perceived. If sensibly applied - and valued - post-editing constitutes an opportunity to offset the negative aspects, so let's at least give it a chance.

"Hindsight has 20-20 vision".

[Edited at 2012-05-17 14:23 GMT]


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Adelaida Kuzniatsova  Identity Verified
Belarus
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Video Jun 22, 2012

Where can I see the video of this course?
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Video Jun 22, 2012

Adelaida Kuzniatsova wrote:

Where can I see the video of this course?
Thank you


Hello Adelaida,

Thank you for your interest in the training. The video is not available due to technical issues, but it will be available within two weeks. Please accept my apologies for any inconvenience it could cause you.

Thank you for your patience.

My bests,
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Helen Shepelenko
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Video Jul 3, 2012

Dear all,

Thanks for your interest in the webinar. The video recording of the session is now available at the price/launch price of 15.00 USD at:

http://www.proz.com/translator-training/course/6874

Click on the"buy" button at the video page to purchase unlimited access to this video and handouts.

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