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    • February 12, 2021 1:10 PM EET
    • nice post like it

    • November 6, 2020 11:34 AM EET
    • To improve the quality of the translation, I communicate every day with native speakers, read a lot, listen to audio when I drive to work in the car, and also use various online educational platforms. All this together brings results.

    • September 21, 2020 3:57 PM EEST
    • How do you improve your translation skills?

    • June 17, 2019 5:33 AM EEST
    • There's a lot of individuals who offer proofreading services that you guys can avail in case you'll be needing one.


    • April 9, 2019 10:35 AM EEST
    • yes I totally agree with @Simon

    • January 23, 2016 9:35 PM EET
    • Nothing will completely substitute reading (preferably by a different pair of eyes) if at all possible, but I use Languagetool ( as help. For Polish, my target languiage, it has a pretty extensive set of rules.

    • November 27, 2013 5:39 PM EET
    • Another good option is to put the translation aside for some time, and to work on some other tasks, before checking it. Such approach allows to acquire some freshness of vision for self-checking stage. Surely, if deadlines allow...

    • November 19, 2013 9:06 AM EET
    • There are always some common things one shall pay specific attention to during proofreading/editing. For example, I usually start self-checking using various check-spelling means as it's easy to miss an error in some text editors or CAT tools. The next stage is text review paying specific attention to details like dates, proper names, titles, values, etc. One should not forget about grammar, stylistics and word use. If something looks weird - it's better to doublecheck the sentence, word or phrase using search engines and relevant forums. And finally, if deadline allows, I read out loud some parts of the text to my wife to see if everything looks comprehensible and the text goes "smooth". These are my methods, but according to the theory of translation, this process takes much more stages, such as reading by target group, back translation and so on, which are almost impossible to be implemented in modern conditions, when clients need high quality transition in no time.  

    • November 16, 2013 5:23 PM EET
    • In my early day as a freelancer, I have used to print out the translation and check it. And then, if I had found any error I would repeat the process again.... and again.\


      When you print the document you have a chance to see it in a new fresh way. Otherwise, your mind can play tricks and you may miss some errors. Smtime peopl can read it witht noticin anything especially if there is a single error in the paragraaph :)


      When I have founded AIT, the process transformed in 'Print&Read Policy' but on the less strict terms, without cycle'.

    • November 5, 2013 11:54 AM EET
    • Hello All,

      As I know, every expert has own preferences and hints for self-checking own translation or proofreading the text created by another person. Some experts prefer to perform final review on printed text, some read it aloud, almost everybody are trying to take a pause before checking their work, at least if deadline allows it, but most of translators use some complex methods of review. I wonder if we can share here with these techniques and tips.

    • November 16, 2013 5:19 PM EET
    • I mean software, home-brewn or from the wild.

    • November 5, 2013 11:41 AM EET
    • Hi to All,

      I wanted to ask if you use some kind of “universal” style guide or language conventions guide for the translation orders without particular customer instructions on some debatable points. For example such guide could contain recommendation on style of quotation marks, dashes, apostrophes, format of different lists and tables, some preferable terms or conventions on measurement units translation, guidelines for voice usage, capitalization or common abbreviations, etc. I am just wondering what may be included in such guide for different languages?

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