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February 2014

Translator Spotlight: Conversational Chris

Job: Translator
Professional Languages:
My area of expertise is translating from English to Spanish.
Nationality: My nationality is Spanish.
Certificates: Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the Universidad del País Vasco, located in Bilbao (Spain). Bachelor’s Degree in Translation and Interpretation from the Universidad de Granada (Spain).
Year started translating: (or became official translator)
1990.
Why did you choose to be a translator?
In my opinion, it’s one of the most interesting occupations, not only because of everything you can learn through each translation, but also because of the great opportunities you have to pursue your personal goals for professional development. The translation of any text is an intellectual challenge, and, indeed, the experiences and skills you develop with every single translation help you mature both personally and professionally, and will improve your career prospects. Translation implies a high degree of demand for exactitude, so that there can be effective communication between different languages and cultures. I consider fidelity to the source text in adopting the idiomatic method in passing on the message. 
Year started with Technovate Translations: 2011.
Why did you choose Technovate Translations as your employer?
In this business, it is essential to establish a good working relationship with your project manager and my professional connection with my Technovate project manager has been superb. It was a pleasure to work with him. Moreover, it’s fundamental that the work philosophy of the translator be aligned with that of the translation agency. As a translator, my sole priority is to deliver top quality translations to ensure 100% customer satisfaction. Technovate’s excellent systems allow me to handle each translation or proofreading project in the best possible manner, with ample time to research the subject and deliver the best possible quality.
How often do you work?
When working on a project, I work from 9 am to 10 pm, from Monday to Saturday.
What do you enjoy most about translations? 
I love puzzling my way through a translation, the creativity involved in translation and the intellectual challenge the translation process can offer.
What are some things you enjoy doing on your spare time?
My time off is dedicated to activities with my family. I love my wife Michele and my son Alejandro dearly and consider them to be the essence of my life.
If you only had a choice of taking 1 item with you to be stranded on an island for months, what would it be?
A satellite phone with GPS.
What is your favorite English word?
It’s difficult to choose just one word as there are four of them: Hope, faith, peace and love. My favorite sentence in English is from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act I, Scene I:"The course of true love never did run smooth."
What would be your choice of dish for your last meal?
There's nothing better than a large plate of paella and a jug of sangria.



Buying Translation Services Can Be a Worry Free Experience

We’ve recently implemented some exciting changes which have helped our company become smarter, leaner and much more flexible. In keeping with this period of positive and innovative change, I believe that a realignment of our mission statement is in order to ensure our company’s vision remains clear. In working to express our vision in the most effective way, I began to ponder how our growth and evolution has improved us, what we have learned and how we can continue to improve.

I want us to focus on each of our clients’ communication needs, specifically translation. This stands at the core of our commitment to, and what I want to do for, our clients. Often in this industry, the client, being an expert in their field, checks and rechecks a final document and asks for changes to the document. We provide these changes for free after document completion as a courtesy to show our dedication to service.

However, in focusing on our mission, it has become clear that our clients put a premium on the service and care we put into the projects we handle. We regularly excel at completing projects with our amazing staff on impossible deadlines, all while providing a positive experience for our clients, thanks to our account managers or customer service reps.

But we want to make sure that we provide all of our clients with a completely worry-free experience. This means we want to make sure that no customer ever has to feel like they have to check and examine the work we provide them. We know that they can and will, but we want to give added peace of mind by providing outstanding quality through multiple quality control procedures that together provide a truly print-ready document.

We do this by not only finding the right translator from the more than 5,000 specialized linguists we have in our roster, but also by ensuring that the quality control linguist who reviews your document after translation also has the same specialization for added expertise. For more complex documents we also institute a multi-layered quality control process that examines translations pre- and post-desktop publishing to ensure accuracy and print-ready status. Our mission is to ensure that you get warm, first-class service and outstanding quality that you can trust for a true print-ready experience every time. Giving you the best of both worlds will help us accomplish our mission and deliver trustworthy translations that will allow you to focus on your business.

By Marcel Vilanez.


Top 3 Most Useful Languages to Learn in 2014

You already know how to read - and understand - the English language, which is known almost universally, and is the one language that will get you somewhere just about anywhere you go in the world. But if you're looking to pick up another worldly language, which one should you pick? Here is a list of the top 3 most useful languages to learn in 2014:

1 - Spanish

Quickly becoming the second language of the US, Spanish is spoken almost universally, and is easy to become familiarized with if you've already got a Latin base. The New Economics Foundation has identified that those who speak Spanish lead the most comfortable lives, so if you're looking to improve your quality of life in many parts of the world, Spanish is the language to learn.

2 - Arabic

Also rapidly increasing in worldly importance is Arabic, which is the unifying tongue for all nations in the Middle East and North Africa. If you have any vested interest in business or politics in this vast area with a massive population, learning some Arabic will definitely enhance your experience.

3 - Mandarin

Many are hailing Mandarin as the 'next global language', and for good reason - Mandarin is the official language of the People's Republic of China, where the world's greatest amount of manufacturing lives. Knowing how to speak Mandarin is mandatory if you're planning on dealing in Chinese business.

It's still early on the year, which is the best time to begin - and stick to - a new resolution, like learning a new language. Picking up a new language is not only great to enhance your overall life experiences, it's also a great way to learn more about a country, its people and its culture!



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Did you know?

Did you know that Korean was written in Chinese characters until the twentieth century? Although Sejong the Great ordered the development of a uniquely Korean writing system in the 1440s, it wasn’t until the end of Japanese colonial rule in 1946 that Hangul became official and widespread.


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