TAC Participant’s report: Turbo Boosting Your Translation Productivity!

By Wendy McBride, Inhouse Translator

JAT’s Tokyo Activities Committee’s April seminar was presented by Yuji Yamamoto, a leading light in Japanese translation circles, to around 50 E-J and J-E translators, about half of whom were non-JAT members.

The main topic of the seminar...

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TAC Participant’s report: Turbo Boosting Your Translation Productivity! (Ustream Report)

By: 丸岡英明

4月21日の東京月例セミナーは、Ustreamというサービスを用いて生配信された。私は海外に在住しているため、東京月例セミナーには一度も出席したことがなく、ウェブサイトにアップロードされているビデオのアーカイブでしかセミナーの様子は見たことがないのだが、今回は初めてリアルタイムに東京月例セミナーを体験することができた。

セミナーの内容については会場にいた方から詳細なレポートがあると思われるので、私からは、今回、東京月例セミナー初の試みとして行われたUstream配信という側面から報告したい。

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Participant’s report: Translating the Audio-Visual: Film, Television and Beyond

By: Kavita Peterson


Kavita Peterson is a Japanese to English translator working in Kochi Prefecture as a co-ordinator of international relations. She specializes in localisation, particularly pertaining to video games and web sites.
 

Approximately 55 people came to Shibuya,...

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Is That a Fish in Your Ear?: Translation and the Meaning of Everything,  by David Bellos

Is That a Fish in Your Ear?: Translation and the Meaning of Everything

by David Bellos
(published 1 September 2011, available in hardcover and Kindle editions)

It’s not often a newspaper book review makes me rush to the computer to click on ‘buy’ within minutes of reading...

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Seminar 5: Japan’s Project to Simplify Courtroom Language

Prof. Mami Hiraike Okawara
5 March 2011

Mami Hiraike Okawara is Professor and Dean at the Graduate School of Regional Policy, Takasaki City University of Economics; Chair of the Japan Association for Language and Law; Mediator at the Maebashi Family Court; and a Public Member...

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Seminar 4: Workshop - Translating Common Contract Provisions

Kyal Hill and Tobias Rushbrook
11 September 2010

This Workshop was presented at JAT’s PROJECT Tokyo 2010 conference. The theme of the conference was “Tools and Workshops.” The program consisted of introductions to translation tools, workshops to improve practical skills, and...

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The Rewards of Volunteering

by Ben Tompkins

Taro and Hanako majored in English at a prestigious university in Kyoto. They studied abroad together for a year at a university in the eastern United States. When it came time to graduate, the two decided to become freelance translators and went their...

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Learning about learning at Monterey

by Helen Iwata

I have often mentioned Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) as a school to consider when people asked about further education in translation and interpreting. At the same time, although I had heard good things, I did not have first-hand...

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Entrepreneurial Linguist: The Business-School Approach to Freelance Translation

by Judy A. Jenner and Dagmar V. Jenner

Reviewed by Fred Uleman

I call it “being in the translation business” and say it's just a hobby unless you also do the business part. Judy and Dagmar Jenner call it being an entrepreneurial linguist and have written a whole book about...

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Meaning-centric Translation

by Fred Uleman

Meaning-centric translation:
What it means and and why I write about it

What it means

When you start learning a language, you spend a lot of time on vocabulary and grammar. As you advance, you do some practice translations for teachers who are primarily...

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Seminar 1: Japanese Tort Law - Understanding It, Translating It

Timothy Marrable
2 February 2010

Tim Marrable, a native English speaking veteran of the Japanese finance industry who is admitted to practice law in England and Wales took the initiative to found JATLAW early in 2010. This timely initiative tapped into a growing body of...

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How to Become Established as a Medical Translator

by Ben Davis

Medical translation is generally considered difficult to break into. As a bare minimum, medical translators must be able to write well in their native language, have a near-native understanding of a foreign language and have in-depth knowledge about medicine and...

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Improving your English Writing Skills (in Japanese only)

 

 

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Quality Assurance for Entertainment Translation

by Jim Hubbert

This article briefly discusses quality assurance (QA) for translated entertainment content, including dubbed and subtitled film and television dialog. I will argue that such translation is often inadequately vetted for quality, and that similar QA approaches...

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly—Ensuring Quality in Japanese to English Translation

by Phil Robertson

(Note on terminology: since the terms “translation” and “interpreting” are often confused with one another in books and news media, it is worth reiterating that “translation” refers solely to the rendering of the written word into another language. The...

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The Pros and Cons of Working as an In-house Translator

by Mark Stevenson

Hot Okinawan sun against the back of my neck dissolves the morning grogginess. A few too many island coffees last night. But who here’s counting? It’s a paradisial day in late September while Tokyo slips slowly, but irrevocably, into cooler and drearier...

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Source Language Versus Target Language Bias in Translation

by Dr. David Petersen

Aside from a few volunteer projects, my start in translation profession was with a private school in Hiroshima where I was employed as a teacher. The English department had taken on responsibility for a visiting author who was writing a novel about the...

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Apollo, PCs, the Internet, and Google (In Japanese only)

佐藤綾子(Emily Shibata-Sato)

約10年前の1999年、本誌の「Translation World」シリーズで「人生の転機はアポロ、パソコン、インターネット」と題して次のような内容のエッセイを書かせて頂きました。...

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Thoughts and tips on becoming a patent translator

by James Phillips

People that are considering a career in patent translation often seem to have exactly the same questions. In this article I will attempt to answer those questions, give some hints as to how you can study for free, and give some useful advice regarding how...

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Interview with Prof. Philip Gabriel

The Challenge of Translating Murakami Haruki:
by Philip Gabriel

JAT Bulletin 177, December 1999

The following is an interview with J. Philip Gabriel, who is a translator of Japanese literature and an Associate Professor in East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona.
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