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Letters to the Editor

May/June 2020 Issue

Why ATA Should Open the Certification Exam to All Professional Translators | Matt Baird Do we want to become a certifying agency, or do we want to remain an association that represents the interests of its members and also provides the possibility of certification? If ATA opens its certification exam to nonmembers, it would eventually […]

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Letter to the Editor

September/October 2019 Issue

To Make a Living or to Translate | Valerij Tomarenko After reading Valerij Tomarenko’s article “Translate Differently and Don’t Fear,” I felt the need to intone a dirge. Tomarenko says “I personally have been making a decent living off my translations for more than two decades.” Well, so have I, for the past three decades, […]

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Letter to the Editor

July/August 2019 Issue

“Am I Ready for the Exam?” | Nora Favorov I wanted to respond to the Certification Forum column in the March/April issue, entitled “Am I Ready for the Exam?” I agree wholeheartedly with Nora Favorov’s recommendation to take advantage of the practice test prior to taking ATA’s certification exam. I took practice tests in both […]

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Letters to the Editor

May/June 2019 Issue

Educational Interpreting 101: It’s a Lot Harder than It Looks| Natalia Abarca and Katharine Allen I found the article on educational interpreting by Natalia Abarca and Katharine Allen in the March–April issue particularly interesting. I wanted to inform readers of a program in Indiana that addresses some of the issues they discussed. In 2016, the […]

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Letter to the Editor

March/April 2019 Issue

Ergonomics for ATA’s Certification Exam | Emily Safrin Anyone preparing to take a computerized ATA certification exam would do well to read Emily Safrin’s article, “Ergonomics for ATA’s Certification Exam: Unspoken Advice with Untold Benefits,” in the November/December 2018 issue of The ATA Chronicle.1 Emily points out that being physically comfortable can enhance both your […]

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Letter to the Editor

September/October 2018 Issue

Translation Scams Reloaded | Carola F. Berger Thank you for the excellent article in the July-August issue about the various scams being practiced on translators. I also appreciated the links for reporting such scams. As suggested in the article, I attach a copy of the report I made to the bank in whose name two […]

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Letters to the Editor

July/August 2018 Issue

Is There a Future in Freelance Translation? Let’s Talk About It! | Christelle Maginot Thanks for the very thorough discussion of this subject of vital importance to the profession. I would only add a few thoughts. In my opinion, all the factors mentioned in the article will have the inevitable effect of drastically reducing the […]

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Letter to the Editor

May/June 2018 Issue

Risto Siikarla’s Letter to the Editor | March–April While it’s true that “raising rates will negatively affect the volume of translation requests,” any translator can only do a certain volume in a given time. If the volume of jobs offered exceeds the time available for satisfying all requests, there is no reason for not raising […]

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Letters to the Editor

March/April 2018 Issue

Why Can’t I Raise My Rates? | John Milan I searched the article expecting to find the word “efficient” or “efficiency,” but to my surprise they were absent. The article states: “Let’s assume that said freelancers are already working as many hours as possible and producing as many words per hour as they can.” Why […]

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