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Helping you become a Successful Freelance Translator. More info in our Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS3LdQG5zKAsBbOZ0-Ah_bA

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Helping you become a Successful Freelance Translator. More info in our Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS3LdQG5zKAsBbOZ0-Ah_bA

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Freelance Translation Tips

Latest release on May 26, 2016

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Helping you become a Successful Freelance Translator. More info in our Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS3LdQG5zKAsBbOZ0-Ah_bA

Rank #1: Episode 13 - Book Recommendations For Language Studies

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* I have no affiliation with the authors I mention, nor do I receive any benefit, monetary or otherwise, from mentioning them or their books. I am just recommending these books because I liked them and I think others who are into linguistics and translation might like them too. *

Here I discuss some books I've been reading lately that deal with translation and linguistics:

  1. "Translating Styles", by Tim Parks
    http://preview.tinyurl.com/hhejxwa

  2. "La ricerca della lingua perfetta", by Umberto Eco
    http://preview.tinyurl.com/hvs8t8k

"The search for the perfect language" by Umberto Eco
http://preview.tinyurl.com/grvohtt

  1. "The Korean Language Reform of 1446", by Gari Keith Ledyard
    http://preview.tinyurl.com/hpbdjg8

  2. "History of Chinese Characters" (Also called "Character Types") by Wang Nai
    http://preview.tinyurl.com/gn6mpd4

  3. 'The Adventure of English", by Melvyn Bragg
    http://preview.tinyurl.com/zkg4k8n

The History of English Podcast
http://historyofenglishpodcast.com/

Follow Acahi on Twitter: @Acahilanguages
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Check out our Ebook: http://www.tinyurl.com/freelancetranslation
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Mar 29 2016

7mins

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Rank #2: Episode 11 - Glossaries (And Why You Should Keep One)

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A shorter episode today just talking about glossaries

Glossaries are essential for every translator. Even if you don't have a fancy CAT tool with its own built-in glossary, you can keep one on your own very easily.
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Check out our Ebook: http://www.tinyurl.com/freelancetranslation

Mar 29 2016

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Rank #3: Episode 10 - Good Points About Being A Freelance Translator

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For the sake of balance, I decided to talk about one of my favorite ongoing jobs at the moment. Just to show you some good points about Freelance translation.
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Follow Acahi on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/AcahiTranslations
Check out our Ebook: http://www.tinyurl.com/freelancetrans...

Mar 29 2016

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Rank #4: Episode 9 - A Bad Experience In Translation You Can Hopefully Learn From

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I felt that, in order to be fair, I should point out some of the bad points of freelance translation, first among which is almost always non-payment. Here is my story about a client who never paid me. And yes, I name names, because she still owes me money.

Here are a few side-by-side comparisons of the document I sent to them and what the end client posted on their website: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/jejxatq961naql8/AADVvIYhKhoUmQpt-x4UJ5_ka?dl=0#
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Check out our Ebook: http://www.tinyurl.com/freelancetranslation

Mar 29 2016

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Rank #5: Episode 8 - Your Second Language Is Like Having A Second Degr

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If you are looking for a job or need to earn money, your second language is your most valuable asset. Don't waste it.

In this video I mention another blog post of mine on getting started. You can find it here:
http://www.acahi.com/2014/08/before-getting-started-in-freelance-translation-pregame-book-excerpt/
I also mention my book, which you can purchase here:
tinyurl.com/freelancetranslation

Mar 29 2016

7mins

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AI3 - The Chicken And The Egg (For Freelancers)

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This is the third interview my sister has with me. Here we talk about the Chicken and the Egg. If you don't know which comes first, how do you get started. Bear with us (and the stretch of a metaphor) and you will see how it relates to freelancing.
Briefly, these are the 5 points mentioned in this episode:

1: SEO and online marketing.

2. Friends and Family.

3. Do jobs for low pay.

4. Do a job for free.

5. Recognize opportunities. With the question of the chicken and the egg, recognize when an egg (or chicken) comes to you.
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Follow Acahi on Twitter: @Acahilanguages
Follow Acahi on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/AcahiTranslations
Check out our Ebook: http://www.tinyurl.com/freelancetranslation
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May 26 2016

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Edpisode 17 - AIDA in depth (Interview)

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This is the second interview my sister has with me. It ended up being more of a discussion surrounding AIDA, and marketing as a freelance translator in general.

To recap, A.I.D.A. stands for:

Attention
Interest
Desire
Action
Any suggestions for future topics? Feel free to let us know in the comments!
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Apr 27 2016

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Episode 16 - Interview With A Freelance Translator

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My sister interviewed me because she doesn't understand what I do as a Freelance Translator and with my Translation Agency. So, there you go. At the end we discuss what books we've been reading.
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Apr 27 2016

40mins

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Episode 15 - Turn your Service into a Product

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This episode discusses Products vs. Services and some of the differences between them, such as how you usually pay for Products in advance, but you pay for Services after they've been rendered. So how can you change your Translation service into a product?

The books I mention are:
The E-myth revisited, by Michael Gerber:
http://www.amazon.com/The-E-Myth-Revisited-Small-Businesses/dp/0887307280?&linkCode=wsw&tag=dumage-20

Built to Sell, by John Warrillow:
http://www.amazon.com/Built-Sell-Creating-Business-Without/dp/1591845823?&linkCode=wsw&tag=dumage-20
The Chicken and Egg video I mention:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0dFD8e3vn4
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If you click on these links I provide to purchase the books on Amazon, the price does not change for you, but Amazon gives me a (small) percentage of your purchase, and these small amounts allow me to continue broadcasting. So I would appreciate your clicking on these links when you make your purchase! Thanks!
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Follow Acahi on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/AcahiTranslations
Check out our Ebook: http://www.tinyurl.com/freelancetranslation
And don't forget to Subscribe!

Apr 27 2016

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Episode 14 - The Chicken And The Egg

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Which came first? The Chicken or the Egg?

Here I talk about the age old question of the Chicken and the Egg. If you don't know which comes first, how do you get started. Bear with me (and my stretch of a metaphor) and you will see how it relates to freelancing.
Briefly, these are the 5 points I mention here:

1: SEO and online marketing.

2. Friends and Family.

3. Do jobs for low pay.

4. Do a job for free.

5. Recognize opportunities. With the question of the chicken and the egg, recognize when an egg (or chicken) comes to you.
----
Follow Acahi on Twitter: @Acahilanguages
Follow Acahi on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/AcahiTranslations
Check out our Ebook: http://www.tinyurl.com/freelancetranslation
And don't forget to Subscribe!

Apr 27 2016

7mins

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Episode 13 - Book Recommendations For Language Studies

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* I have no affiliation with the authors I mention, nor do I receive any benefit, monetary or otherwise, from mentioning them or their books. I am just recommending these books because I liked them and I think others who are into linguistics and translation might like them too. *

Here I discuss some books I've been reading lately that deal with translation and linguistics:

  1. "Translating Styles", by Tim Parks
    http://preview.tinyurl.com/hhejxwa

  2. "La ricerca della lingua perfetta", by Umberto Eco
    http://preview.tinyurl.com/hvs8t8k

"The search for the perfect language" by Umberto Eco
http://preview.tinyurl.com/grvohtt

  1. "The Korean Language Reform of 1446", by Gari Keith Ledyard
    http://preview.tinyurl.com/hpbdjg8

  2. "History of Chinese Characters" (Also called "Character Types") by Wang Nai
    http://preview.tinyurl.com/gn6mpd4

  3. 'The Adventure of English", by Melvyn Bragg
    http://preview.tinyurl.com/zkg4k8n

The History of English Podcast
http://historyofenglishpodcast.com/

Follow Acahi on Twitter: @Acahilanguages
Follow Acahi on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/AcahiTranslations
Check out our Ebook: http://www.tinyurl.com/freelancetranslation
And don't forget to Subscribe!

Mar 29 2016

7mins

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Episode 12 - A Rant - The Problem With Startups

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Basically:

1) Google and Facebook are NOT startups.

2) If you are striving to be a successful startup, you're doing it wrong.
More of a rant than anything. About how I'm sick of this whole 'culture of reverence' for anything using the "Startup" and "Entrepreneur" buzzwords.

Mar 29 2016

9mins

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Episode 11 - Glossaries (And Why You Should Keep One)

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A shorter episode today just talking about glossaries

Glossaries are essential for every translator. Even if you don't have a fancy CAT tool with its own built-in glossary, you can keep one on your own very easily.
----
Follow Acahi on Twitter: @Acahilanguages
Follow Acahi on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/AcahiTranslations
Check out our Ebook: http://www.tinyurl.com/freelancetranslation

Mar 29 2016

3mins

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Episode 10 - Good Points About Being A Freelance Translator

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For the sake of balance, I decided to talk about one of my favorite ongoing jobs at the moment. Just to show you some good points about Freelance translation.
----
Follow Acahi on Twitter: @Acahilanguages
Follow Acahi on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/AcahiTranslations
Check out our Ebook: http://www.tinyurl.com/freelancetrans...

Mar 29 2016

5mins

Play

Episode 9 - A Bad Experience In Translation You Can Hopefully Learn From

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I felt that, in order to be fair, I should point out some of the bad points of freelance translation, first among which is almost always non-payment. Here is my story about a client who never paid me. And yes, I name names, because she still owes me money.

Here are a few side-by-side comparisons of the document I sent to them and what the end client posted on their website: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/jejxatq961naql8/AADVvIYhKhoUmQpt-x4UJ5_ka?dl=0#
----
Follow Acahi on Twitter: @Acahilanguages
Follow Acahi on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/AcahiTranslations
Check out our Ebook: http://www.tinyurl.com/freelancetranslation

Mar 29 2016

9mins

Play

Episode 8 - Your Second Language Is Like Having A Second Degr

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If you are looking for a job or need to earn money, your second language is your most valuable asset. Don't waste it.

In this video I mention another blog post of mine on getting started. You can find it here:
http://www.acahi.com/2014/08/before-getting-started-in-freelance-translation-pregame-book-excerpt/
I also mention my book, which you can purchase here:
tinyurl.com/freelancetranslation

Mar 29 2016

7mins

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Episode 4 - Book Recommendations - Time Management

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Here is a rather long-winded episode that I wanted to get off my chest. These are 4 book recommendations for the freelance translator who is serious about time and workflow management, and about being their own boss.

In case you want to skip ahead:
1:45 - Book 1: David Allen's "Getting things Done" (You can buy it here: http://tinyurl.com/jrnz8gu)

3:33 - Book 2: Tim Ferriss's "The Four Hour Workweek" (Buy it here: http://preview.tinyurl.com/hp87o4o)

5:49 - Book 3: Work the System, by Sam Carpenter (http://preview.tinyurl.com/hkfsxzb)

7:23 - Book 4: "The Checklist Manifesto", by Atul Gawande (http://preview.tinyurl.com/jttrzul)
And here is the link for the free PDF I mention, with tips and tricks for freelance translators:
http://preview.tinyurl.com/zxkhuyn

Mar 29 2016

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Episode 5 - OCR

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This episode discusses Optical Character Recognition, or OCR.

The one I use: http://www.onlineocr.net/

Feel free to let me know if you use any other tools or recommend anything else. I don't think I've discussed this ever before, so I am open to new ideas.

Mar 29 2016

9mins

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Episode 7 - Recommending Fellow Translators

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Episode 7 - Recommending Fellow Translators by Acahi

Mar 29 2016

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