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Data Privacy and MT Engines

July/August 2021 Issue

I know some of you might not be enthusiastic about me writing again about data privacy when using generic machine translation (MT) engines like Google, Microsoft, and DeepL. This is partly because I’ve done so a number of times already.1 Also, I think many might be using the data privacy issue as a kind of […]

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Social Media and Translators

March/April 2021 Issue

Since the use of social media has become increasingly important for my business (and many of yours as well), I thought it would be a good idea to write about what I do on “my” social media platform. I also asked some colleagues to share how they fare on other platforms (more on that below). […]

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Our Extremely Diverse (Translation) World

November/December 2020 Issue

I’ve known Kirti Vashee for many years, and you also likely know him from his eMpTy Pages blog,1 where he writes about the translation world, especially machine translation (MT), and generously gives space to other experts to publish their views. His interest in MT is not a coincidence as he has worked for a number […]

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Business Diversification?

September/October 2020 Issue

I love the way some languages and cultures count. What speakers of European languages call “twenty” is rendered in the Papua New Guinea language of Mairasi—and many other languages—as “one person” (with all 20 fingers and toes combined). As someone who is not naturally mathematically inclined, my early calculating life would have been so much […]

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Guest Column: What’s New in Subtitling Translation Tools?

July/August 2020 Issue

A few weeks ago, I asked Damián Santilli to write an article about the current state of audiovisual translation tools for my own Tool Box Journal ( He did, and my readers and I were very impressed by the depth of his knowledge and his vision for a field that’s growing very rapidly. So, in […]

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What Are Translation-Specific Tool Providers and Developers Doing to Assist Translators During COVID-19?

May/June 2020 Issue

In light of the current situation, it was suggested that I write something connecting technology with our all-consuming health crisis. None of us can predict what things will be like when this column goes to print, but it’s safe to say that our lives will not have returned to normal—whatever “normal” is now. I really […]

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Like Two Porcupines Making Love—VERY CAREFULLY!

January/February 2020 Issue

This was likely the best answer (and certainly the cleverest) response I read on a large cork board located in the registration area at this year’s ATA Annual Conference in Palm Springs. The board contained one main question to which attendees were encouraged to respond: “Do you use machine translation (MT), and how?” Here are […]

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Taking Screenshots on a Windows System

November/December 2019 Issue

Screenshots are pictures of the complete or partial computer screen, and taking screenshots is often part of a translator’s job description. For instance, you might have to replace the source-language graphics in a software manual with those in the target language (assuming the software is already translated and functional). Windows offers a number of “traditional […]

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Of Translators and Librarians

September/October 2019 Issue

This was the title of a short article I wrote a little more than 10 years ago, in 2008. The point of the article was to highlight the remarkable speed with which librarians had accepted technology (unlike translators at that point). I contrasted the well-known “The Bookworm” painting by Carl Spitzweg of 1850 with this […]

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