collaboration as a road to great translation
Thread poster: David Hollywood

David Hollywood  Identity Verified
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Aug 1, 2010

I am currently working on a book that came out in Spanish and has subsequently been translated and modified on the basis of mutual reflection and collaboration and the best way to get to a nice solution is to work together and share the knowledgeicon_smile.gif My work with a native Spanish speaker has resulted in a very productive (and ongoing) process that enhances the end result and benefits all concerned .... what do you think about the combination of knowledge as a way of getting past the personal needs we all have?

[Edited at 2010-08-01 02:39 GMT]


 

Neil Coffey  Identity Verified
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Can improve the translation... Aug 1, 2010

There's no doubt that two people working together can improve the quality of a translation, and a native speaker of the source language working with a native speaker of the target language potentially gets you the "best of both worlds" in terms of understanding nuances of the original and making the translation as idiomatic as possible.

I actually work this way quite frequently, and I believe that many of my clients appreciate the results.

On the other hand, it may not be for everybody. Clearly it's potentially a lengthier, more expensive process, so it's really suited to those clients prepared to invest more money in quality and accuracy.


 

Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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For literary translations, I think it's essential Aug 1, 2010

I once translated a novel, with very useful input all the way through from the author and his agent. I don't think I could have done a decent job on it without this help. I have also translated one or two poems with similar assistance and again it was very useful.
It shouldn't matter so much for technical texts, but again, can be helpful at times.


 

Veronica Lupascu  Identity Verified
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Collaboration - payment Aug 1, 2010

I am sure that this kind of collaboration can substantially increase the quality of translations. I had few times posted questions on KudoZ, not for translating them, but for receiving an explanation on complicated terms from native speakers. But certainly I can not always rely on kudoZ.

My questions is how do you manage to remunerate the collaborators for their work. On a service for service basis? Or do you offer them a kind of commission or something?

I am just curios, because nobody is willing nowadays to work pro bono (not too much)icon_smile.gif


 

Soonthon LUPKITARO(Ph.D.)  Identity Verified
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My personal experience Aug 1, 2010


My questions is how do you manage to remunerate the collaborators for their work. On a service for service basis? Or do you offer them a kind of commission or something?

I am just curios, because nobody is willing nowadays to work pro bono (not too much)icon_smile.gif


I have been questioned many times how I started my translation career and I must emphasize again that working pro bono is a good starting point. I did many jobs free of charge on En>TH translation of biblical lessons when I was a high school student!

Best regards,

Soonthon L.


 

David Hollywood  Identity Verified
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sharing Aug 1, 2010

thanks for all your contributions and there's no doubt that working together is both productive and rewarding ... the rewarding question is very interesting, as we all have different priorities and needs ... my (ongoing) collaboration with my good friend has been (and continues to be) mutually enhancing in many ways and the result is something that we both feel committed to and enjoy, as well as being convinced that we are sharing our "knowledge" not only between each other but (hopefully) with other people who may feel that it has been of some benefit and can maybe go on to fulfil their own goals and wishes ... thank you all very much for taking particon_smile.gif

 


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