Globalization Gone Awry – The Rice for Intellect Mindset

Globalization is a truly one-sided affair: It serves the interests of the sports shoe manufacturer, who sells its products at the highest of international prices over those of the exploited workers of Asia who are paid in humble bowls of rice… And it serves those too of exploitative translation wholesalers over those of translators by […]

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IAPTI DECRIES Student Exploitation

Does a dentistry student perform root canals? No. Does an architecture student build anything? Not a thing. Does a law school student defend anyone? No one. Students from any of those career fields can, of course, perform some sort of work “within their areas” of study. A dentistry student can work as an assistant in […]

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Yes. There’s Still Hope for Argentina’s Translators

We could be talking about a market on which many Argentine translators (known the world over for their sound academic background) could say with satisfaction that they have a lot of work. With an Argentine market that is still depressed due to the tailspin provided by that unforgettable helicopter – the very emblem of the […]

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Yes, Word Choice Matters

How can we succeed in considering ourselves business people if the vocabulary we use reflects uncertainty or even a lack of self-respect? In forums about money matters and payment practice lists, I all too often come across expressions like “Agency X has nice PMs and interesting projects, but their rates are very low,” “Agency Y? […]

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If Lady Gaga has a business plan, why shouldn’t we?

There is one compelling subject that all potential translators should debate openly before throwing themselves to the lions of the professional arena. In truth, it is also something that those of us with more experience should also reflect on. That subject is our (bad) relationship with money. It has been said that Judaeo-Christian civilisation has […]

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5 Pieces of Advice for Rookie Translators

When translation and interpretation students are about to finish their studies, it’s only natural for them to feel uncertainty about their future and to experience a fear of the unknown. Why not? But fear is part of human nature and the only way to get around it is to try and overcome it at the […]

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