Becoming a Translator: An Introduction to the Theory and by Douglas H. Robinson

By Douglas H. Robinson

Turning into a Translator has been particularly designed for introductory undergraduate classes within the thought and perform of translation. it is going to even be of curiosity to specialist translators and scholars of translation and language. This cutting edge ebook integrates translation thought and the sensible abilities required through the operating translator.

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The other factors governing translating speed are harder to change. The speed with which you process difficult vocabulary and syntactic structures depends partly on practice and experience. The more you translate, the more well-trodden synaptic pathways are laid in your brain from the source to the target language, so that the translating of certain source-language structures begins to work like a macro on the computer: zip, the target-language equivalent practically leaps through your fingers to the screen.

Translate faster and charge less? Retrain to become pre- and post-editors of machine translation texts? Learn to translate literature? ). Next list user-oriented ideals for the translator — the personal characteristics that would make a translator "good" or "reliable" in the eyes of a non-translating employer or client. Now compare the lists, paying special attention to the mismatches — the character traits that would make people like you "unqualified" for the translation field — and discuss the transformations that would be required in either the people who want to be translators or in society's thinking about translation to make you a good translator.

As long as thinking about translation has been entirely dominated by an external (nontranslator) point of view, these have been nonquestions — questions that have not been asked, indeed that have been unaskable. The translator translates whatever texts s/he is asked to translate, and does so in a way that satisfies the translation user's needs. The translator has no personal point of view that has any relevance at all to the act of translation. From an internal point of view, however, these questions must be asked.

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