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Great internship opportunities at the Utilika Foundation March 30, 2011

The Utilika Foundation is offering internships for really interesting projects, you can check all the information here. I feel bad I am about to finish my Master’s and already got a job, because I would have jumped on those internships… The projects look great and I have a feeling that this Foundation is going to bring us very interesting tools and resources in the future.

Check it out!


Machine translation, not as bad as it looks (if you know how to use it) May 1, 2010

This article provides us with good examples when machine translation was really useful and probably the best solution to the translation needs at the moment. It also shows how useful it can be for some translators for some translations. This is definitely and amazing subject and a tool that has improved a lot in the past years. And no translator should underestimate it.

Written by David Bellos, director of the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication at Princeton.


Interview with Jeremy Blaustein April 20, 2010

An interesting interview with this Japanese translator and localization coordinator specializing in the localization of video games. He has an amazing career. Victor Alonso Lion posted the interview at LinkedIn. Read it here.


Awesome Book on Open Translation Tools February 21, 2010

I just discovered a new book that I found very interesting while reading a blog by Kirti Vashee. It is about sharing, collaborating and “peer production” models of translation. Definitely worth to read. You can do it as a web site or a pdf here.


amazing new “video game”? January 9, 2010

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Microsoft Game Studios’ Creative Director, Peter Molyneux demos the first game-changing experience for video gaming and personalized learning with XBOX 360’s Project Natal. How we will localize this kind of games?


Very interesting debate about globalization in LinkedIn January 5, 2010

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It’s definitely worth to read and to participate in the debate if you are part of the group Translation Professionals in LinkedIn. The debate has been started by Dan Newland with a question that we all should think about, “Globalization or colonization?” and this is his comment:

“The “wholesaling” trend on our market is seeking to turn translation into a “commodity” and is little by little eroding our rates to such an extent that it could eventually make it impossible for full-time independent translators to make a living.
Though not the same as crowdsourcing, this practice is another way in which the translation profession is undermined by what has been very broadly referred to as “globalization” but which, in reality has to do with wealthy economies exporting the jobs that they consider “too expensive” on their own markets and taking advantage of circumstantial economic situations on foreign markets by using cheap labor made available through dire need. Now (and this has been the case since US big business began exploiting Indian talent) this practice has extended not just to raw labor, but also to the purchase of “cut-rate intellect”. This has undermined the translation market both in developed economies like the United States and Europe, and in secondary economies like those of South America. And as the trend grows, this will spread worldwide unless translators raise their own professional bar and start defending their integrity and their rates against unscrupulous wholesale vultures. This trend is the major cause behind the fact that many of us continue to charge the same or similar per-word rates to those we were commanding back in the 1980s.
Aurora M. HumarĂ¡n, CEO of Aleph Translations and owner of the NdeT forum for professional translators recently published an article on this topic which not only explains the case of Argentina, but also provides insight into what can happen elswhere. The link is < >”

If you are interested in following the debate, this is the link: < >