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Understanding Translation Costs

5th November, 2014 I by Translation Excellence

When completing translation projects, is it better to charge by the word or by the hour? While most companies charge by the word, is it the most effective way? Let’s discuss the benefits of both approaches to determine which may be more effective. The benefit of charging for translations by their word counts is that […]

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How do you zip files and folders?

8th October, 2014 I by Charlotte Klein

In the tip-of-the-week on Sept. 24, 2014, we discussed simple methods of encrypting your files. Today, we will explain how to compress, or “zip”, your files. Not only do compressed folders and files take up less space (and thus send more quickly over email), they can also provide additional encryption capabilities, depending on the method […]

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How do you encrypt sensitive files?

24th September, 2014 I by Charlotte Klein

As translators, we often work with highly sensitive documents. Clients trust that the information sent to us will not be shared or stolen, so it is our responsibility to ensure every document received is safely returned without falling into the wrong hands. A fast and easy way to do this is file encryption. While no […]

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Tips for Busy Language Learners: Part I

10th September, 2014 I by Charlotte Klein

One of the greatest frustrations of older language learners is the lack of available time in the day. Be it school, work, volunteering or other obligations, it seems learning and maintaining a foreign language is unrealistic or even impossible. Many websites and classes devoted to helping language students stress the need for dedication, but dedication […]

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How to quickly write Japanese on your English-Language Keyboard

16th July, 2014 I by Translation Excellence

One of the fastest ways to gain and maintain a language skill is to use it whenever possible. If you have started learning Japanese, consider installing a Japanese language plug-in in order to type Japanese on your English-language keyboard. By doing so, you will have access to all the hiragana, kanji and katakana that a […]

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Improve Your Typing Speed

9th July, 2014 I by Charlotte Klein

As a freelance translator, you know that the speed at which you type can significantly impact your success in the field. The slower you type, the slower you produce each translation, which limits the number of jobs you can complete in a week. Even if you would like to improve your speed, you may worry […]

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Save Time with Microsoft Word Templates

2nd July, 2014 I by Amanda Barnstien

Do you spend hours translating documents and then need to go back and reformat all your hard work? Save time by using Microsoft Word Templates. Depending on what type of document you’re translating, there may be a Microsoft Word Template suitable for your needs. How to access: Accessing Microsoft Word Templates is simple. Once you […]

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Consider the Advantages and disadvantages of switching your computer’s keyboard layout

25th June, 2014 I by Charlotte Klein

Hello, and welcome to another tip-of-the-week! This week, we’re going to discuss advantages and disadvantages of switching your computer’s keyboard layout for typing in a foreign language. Have you ever wondered about the different keyboard layouts in non-English-speaking countries? Have you considered changing the layout of your keyboard to match the language into which you […]

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Exploring Word Count Tools

18th June, 2014 I by Amanda Barnstien

Many translators generate their revenue by charging a rate per word. For both the company receiving translation services and the translator, having an accurate word count becomes important in order to ensure a fair business transaction. However, many Office programs, including Microsoft Word, do not generate an accurate word count. These programs’ standard word count […]

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How Your Business Can Perfect its Google Search

11th June, 2014 I by Philip Ward

Whether you are reading this in order to increase the efficiency of your business or are just interested in how to find sites easier in Google for your personal life, these tips can assist you in filtering through all the websites you don’t care about in order to find exactly what you’re looking for! Additionally, […]

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Simplify Your Life with Symbols

4th June, 2014 I by Harry Hogue

Hello, and welcome to this week’s tip-of-the-week! If you’ve missed our previous tips-of-the-week, feel free to check them out here. This week, we’re diving once more into the wonders of Microsoft Word, this time to explore a really useful feature on the “Insert” menu. Symbols may be useful, necessary, or both, depending on the types […]

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Outline Your Goals

28th May, 2014 I by Harry Hogue

Hello, and welcome to this week’s tip-of-the-week! If you’ve missed our previous tips-of-the-week, check them out here. This week, we’re going to talk about outlining in Word. Outlines take many forms and can be approached in many different ways. In this post, we’re going to talk about a multilevel list outline for organizing ideas in […]

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