Learning Translation
Thread poster: pewillia

Local time: 04:25
Jul 7, 2011

Where can I go to learn how to translate from Spanish to English for little to no cost? I am looking for online training only.

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John Fossey  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:25
Member (2008)
French to English
Translation is a profession Jul 9, 2011

It depends what you want to learn to translate for. If its for your own use, there are plenty of free or low-cost resources online to help you learn a language. You need to immerse yourself in it to become fluent. Just do a search.

If it's to become a professional translator, it's a different story. Translation is a profession and like any profession needs to be approached with a long term view, as a career. As with any serious profession, investment in time and money is needed as well as gaining considerable experience, through internships or otherwise. If little money is available, more time will be needed, perhaps by getting an appropriate job for some years that will move you in that direction.

If you are interested in pursuing translation as a career, take the time to look around the fora and articles on this site and other similar sites. The subject has been discussed many times.

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Neil Coffey  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 10:25
French to English
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What's your starting point? Jul 9, 2011

This is difficult to answer without knowing what level you're starting from. If you already speak your second language fluently and are looking to "refine" some of the linguistic issues that come up in translation, then you might want to have a look at some of the material put up on line by universities offering language/translation courses, plus browse chapters of translation studies books available on Google books and then buy any you think look useful. (Remember not everything has to be "free on line"-- it is also socially acceptable to pay money for things in the hope of a return on your investment.)

On the other hand, if you're learning "ab initio", then you need to bear in mind that you're looking at several years of dedication to get to the point where you can understand a second language fluently enough to translate anything other than completely trivial sentences.

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