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    • November 1, 2013 9:58 PM EET
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      Provided feedback is one of the most effective resources for professional growth, but it can be provided in numerous forms. Which form of feedback is most helpful from your opinion? Plain list of corrections, overall comments on your work, detailed explanation of corrections or some comments in form of recommendations or advices?

      The second question is how a translator can take the most of this feedback. So what are your techniques of remembering all the corrections for the future translations?

    • November 25, 2013 11:47 AM EET
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      As for me, the most helpful feedback is the one containing a full list of corrections with the detailed explanations of only the critical ones, as in fact the easiest and quickest way to understand your mistakes is to see the examples. An ideal feedback also includes some general comments on the work done in order to encourage a translator (positive state of mind is useful for every activity) and to provide the recommendations on what to consider while translating in the future.

       

      Anyway, the task of a translator is not to create or evaluate feedbacks but to use them successfully. Every feedback is somewhat a lesson in the process of your self-education. I believe it’s not enough just to look it through. To learn all the corrections by heart is not the way out as well. A translator should understand his or her mistakes in order to recognize the similar cases in the future translations. You can even refer to the feedbacks from time to time, thus it’s important to sort them somehow, for instance by projects or clients, so you can find the necessary information in a moment. It would be much more convenient than to bear everything in mind and feel afraid to mix something up one day.

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