10 New Year’s Resolutions for Translators for 2015

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There are only so many snowmen you can make! At Syllabus, we’re itching to tackle new translations and take on fresh challenges. To get the ball rolling, we’ve drawn up a list of resolutions to guarantee that 2015 is the best year ever!


Translation Resolution #1
Avoid the word “win.” Once a word starts trending online, it quickly becomes overused and annoying. “Win” went big in 2014 and now it’s time for it to go home.

Translation Resolution #2
Limit your hashtag use to social media. Don’t sprinkle these onto your professional texts—they will make you look like you’re trying too hard.

Translation Resolution #3
Dump those free online resources! With so many animated ads, these sites take forever to load and even longer to conduct a search. In 2015, it’s time to up your game and invest in quality subscriptions, like The Chicago Manual of Style Online and The Canadian Press Stylebook and Caps and Spelling.

Translation Resolution #4
Team up with an editor. Whether you’re an aspiring writer or an accomplished translator, an editor will always make your work that much better.

Translation Resolution #5
Become a specialist—in everything. Every translation inhabits a world unto itself. Learn the lingo and nail the project.

Translation Resolution #6
Find yourself reaching for the same old terms and turns of phrase? Pick up a well-written book on just about anything and you’re sure to get inspired.

Translation Resolution #7
Tired of sitting around all day? This just might be the year to switch to a standing desk.

Translation Resolution #8
Don’t be scared by new technology. Learn one new tool this year and feel the power!

Translation Resolution #9
Make time in 2015 to take that professional development course you’ve been toying with in the back of your mind.

Translation Resolution #10
Join a professional organization. There are lots to choose from—pick the one that’s right for you. They typically offer networking, forums, workshops, and so much more!

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


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