10 New Year’s Resolutions for Translators for 2016

Montreal Syllabus Translation

With fresh snow come fresh ideas for 2016! At Syllabus, we’re excited to get back to business and meet new challenges head on. To get things started, we’ve drafted a list of resolutions to make sure 2016 is the best it can be!

Translation Resolution #1: Try new things, like embracing new software programs. Take the time to tackle them and you might find that you like them better than the old ones!

Translation Resolution #2: Be bold. As a translator, it may feel safer to stay glued to the original text, but language rarely works that way. Write naturally and you’re sure to sound like a pro!

Translation Resolution #3: Work smarter, not harder. For instance, don’t type out the same passage five times—use your translation software to your advantage.

Translation Resolution #4: Research, research, research. Translation is more than knowing different languages. To get the right term for the context, it really boils down to research.

Translation Resolution #5: Go back to the basics. Like a musician practising scales, it never hurts to review some of things you learned at school. Who remembers what a dangling participle or a squinting modifier is?!

Translation Resolution #6: Get ahead of the game. Everyone vows to overcome it, but procrastination eventually gets the better of us all. Never wait until the eleventh hour to tackle a translation!

Translation Resolution #7: Pick a pet peeve. Single out a word, turn of phrase, or stylistic flourish that you always end up editing out of your translations—and get rid of it for good!

Translation Resolution #8: Learn a new word and how to use it correctly—and feel the power of the pen!

Translation Resolution #9: Explore new territory. Is there a type of translation you’re secretly afraid of? Give it a whirl—it might not be as scary as you think.

Translation Resolution #10: Enjoy the journey. In the mad scramble to meet deadlines, it’s easy to forget that translation is fun. Take a minute to enjoy the subject you’re working on or admire a final draft. It’ll keep you motivated!

Got any New Year’s resolutions? We’d love to hear them!

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