The weakest sentence starter: “It is”

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“It is considered that (…),” “it is probable that (…),” or even worse “it is of utmost importance that (…)” Do we really need these clunky phrases? Dragoman encourages translators to avoid one of the weakest sentence openers: “it is (…) that/to.” By doing so, you will not only eliminate redundancy but also have smooth and creative sentences. Let’s accept, it is a bit lazy to overuse “it is.”   Wordy: It is critical not to enter into arguments with […]

Translating content back to its original language – Notes from the Editor

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Notes from the Editor – January 2016 Could you be translating content back to its original language? When you are translating into English for a multinational company, make sure to check if the content was originally created in English. Because, without knowing it, you may be translating content back to its original language. In a globalized world, this is the case more often than not. The text you are translating into English could be about the products of the lighting […]

Address your audience

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If you wish to address your readers directly and captivate them, you should use pronouns, instead of using passive voice or “there is/are.” By using “you,” you make your sentences more relatable to your readers. Besides, they easily understand your point—and what should they do. Here are some examples: Source: Bir şirketi satmak için optimum tarihi şöyle belirlemeniz mümkün: Satış ve kar rakamı yüksek olmalı. Geçmişe dönük birkaç yıl boyunca büyüme trendi sergilenmiş olmalı. Translation: This is how to determine the optimal date […]

5 Redundant Phrases to Avoid in Legal Translations

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“in light of the fact that,” “with regard to,” “under the provisions of…” These trite phrases often prevent your text to be clear and smooth. Translators are under the impression that legal texts require word-for-word translations. However, Dragoman prefers being loyal to the meaning, not to the cumbersome structure of source sentences. Here are five phrases that you can eliminate to improve your legal language skills: 1. “hereinafter referred to as” Just put the described phrase into parentheses and quotation […]

Eliminating redundancy

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Eliminating redundancy is one of the key skills to fluency, but what is redundancy or a redundant word/phrase? If you can remove a word from a sentence without changing its core meaning, that word is redundant or unnecessary. Not every redundancy is a flaw, sometimes it is helpful to add variety to your sentences. The safest way to get rid of redundant phrase is to hire a professional copy-editor. Check out the following example, it is not only redundant but […]

Editing on Nubuto

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Copy-editing on Nubuto demands basic knowledge on CAT tools. One of them is the meaning of letters and colors next to each segment. Letters show the status of segments, i.e. untranslated, matched, ICE or N. And colors refer to approved, non-approved and approved via repetitions. How to effectively use Nubuto for copy-editing purposes? Use segment filters to display a groups of segments, i.e.non-translatables   2. Be very careful when selecting & using fuzzy matches from translation memory or within the […]

Sample Edit for New Recruits

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This long post is a good opportunity for our new colleagues to understand what type of changes are needed for Turkish to English translations. Below example is a good translation. I’ve seen worse ones. Yet still, there is a room for improvement.  Important changes are highlighted in red color.    ID Source Target 2 WORLD’ÜN TARİHÇESİ : after translation:   HISTORY OF WORLD CARD: after correction:   HISTORY OF THE WORLD CARD:   3 Yapı Kredi’nin Türkiye’de “ilk kredili kredi […]

Turkish subtitling services

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Turkish subtitling community was caught off-guard when Netflix launched its video-on-demand services.  Local video market was already vibrant and soaring, yet Netflix and to a certain extent HBO were the last two bags of straw on the camel’s back. Now, Turkish is spoken by 100 million people. 80 million people live in Turkey and broadband internet penetration rate is close to 95%. Turkish TV shows are crazy popular all the way from Serbia and Greece to Qatar and the Emirates. […]

Replace “–tion” Endings With “–ing” for Impactful Sentences

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Dragoman translators know that using “-tion of” endings will only result in clunky sentences. It also violates EU Guidelines on Clear Writing. The acquisition of a new language will help you improve your job prospects. Better: Acquiring a new language will help you improve your job prospects. You can further explore how you can avoid nominalizations and cast more active sentences here. Nominalization, or using a hidden verb as a noun is a common problem with uninitiated Turkish to English […]