Turkish subtitling services

Posted Posted in subtitling, Translation_Tips

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

Posted Posted in Style, Word Usage

Dragoman translators know that using “-tion of” endings will only result in clunky sentences. 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 translators. The EU pays attention to this matter […]

Punctuation: American vs. British English

Posted Posted in Style, Translation_Tips

American English and British English may have quite odd differences. Learning diferences is spelling and punctuation is hard work and requires a lof of reading and practise. One of these differences is about using punctuation with quotation marks. Here is a comparison. Dragoman translators know that in American English, punctuation goes inside the quotation marks, regardless of whether it is part of the quoted sentence or not, and in British English, punctuation that is not part of the quoted sentence […]

Parallel Construction in Bullet Lists

Posted Posted in Style, Translation_Tips

If you are building a bullet list in English, you also need to build a parallel construction in your bullet list. Now the source text may not always have it. This means you are expect to be a little creative to change the sentence structure. You do not have to delete or omit any part of the message. Check out this example: Incorrect: Our state-of-the-art hotel offers: Unparalleled location Matchless views of the Pacific You can check in anytime Correct: Our […]

Avoid “There” As a Subject

Posted Posted in Sentences, Translation_Tips

Turkish source texts often end with “vardır, sahiptir, olmaktadır, bulunmaktadır, bulunur” etc. Some translators tend to start their translations with “There is…” which is usually unnecessary. We expect Dragoman translators to not to use “there” as a subject in order to avoid verbosity. The word “there” in the beginning of a sentence, almost always makes our sentences sloppy and wordy. Wordy:     There is a 45 percent likelihood your store will be broken into. Better:      Your store is 45-percent likely to be […]

UK vs. US Date Format

Posted Posted in Style

When translating into English, we want Dragoman translators to check which English spelling style will be used in the translation. Your NUBUTO inbox shows UK or US English, so please pay attention to the target variety of English. English has many varieties, the most common being British English and American English. Although prefers American English in most of its Turkish to English translations, we also translate into British English (e.g. The British Council). We do not expect our translators to have a comprehensive grasp of […]

Converting Passive to Active – Translating Audit Reports into English

Posted Posted in Sentences, Transcreation, Translation_Tips

Auditors are tasked to identify non-conformances and share their findings and observations in a clear and understandble report. Writing an impactful report is a challenge. Translating a poorly written report into English is sometimes a bigger challenge. Converting passive sentence forms to active sentences is an important skill for Turkish to English translators. This skill plays a critical role when translating audit reports. Despite my best efforts to train as many auditors and bankers as possible in the past decade, […]

Devaluation vs Depreciation

Posted Posted in translation, Translation_Tips

Turkish lira is losing value agaist major currencies including US dollar and Euro. Which is the correct verb to use when translating into English: Devaluation (because the currency is losing value) or Depreciation? The correct answer is ‘depreciation’. Devaluation happens in fixed currency regimes when a government voluntarily reduces the value of its currency. It is their decision. Depreciation happens in floating currency regimes and Turkey has a floating currency regime. Turkish government does not and cannot declare the value […]

Tips for Turkish to English Transcreation

Posted Posted in Transcreation, Translation_Tips

Transcreation is a hot topic and there are different translations of it. Some assume it is only for creative content, while some use this term as a synonym to localization. Others claim that translation is more verbatim, literal and closer to the source text as oppose to transcreation focuses more on the message, meaning and the audience. Old schools argue that all of the above are 50 shades of translation and by definition a good translator is expected to manage […]

Common modes of interpreting

Posted Posted in conference interpreting, interpreting, Translation_Tips

Interpreter is a person who interprets a speech from one language into another. An interpreter is not a translator unlike what many people thinks. Translators translate written documents, interpreters interpret speeches. Common interpreting modes are as follows: Consecutive interpreting: Consecutive interpreter listens to the speaker, takes notes and delivers interpretation when the speaker pauses. Speakers are advices to stope every one or two minutes but there are times when a speech may last 10 minutes and interpreter is expected to […]