Back again at SLAM!

In Pursuit of Excellence in the Language Industry, which was the conference theme, we headed south again this fall to the Scandinavian Language Associations’ Meeting (SLAM!) co-arranged by several Scandinavian translation organisations.

The notable feature was the translation SLAM, where two translators took on the same text and compared and discussed their separate translations. Invited speakers were Judy Jenner, Kenneth Quek, Tess Whitty, and George Drummond, among others. In a few short but intense days, we learned a lot.

Thank you to the organisers!

SFÖ’s broschure Mind your message

When you hire a professional translator, you won’t be satisfied with just understanding what your text says. You want the best possible text, which both reflects the information in the original text and works well in the culture of the new language. In order to achieve this best possible translation, you need to give as much context information as possible to your translator. We generally understand what the text says, but it is much easier for us to choose the right word in Swedish if we know what context it is from and who is going to read it.

In order to facilitate for translation buyers, the Swedish Association of Professional Translators has written a short guide on what to think about when buying a translation. Spend a minute or two looking through it. It will help you get the end results that you want.

Here you can find Mind your message embedded directly from the website of the Swedish Association of Professional Translators:

The publication belongs to SFÖ.

Thank you, Gunilla!

It has become time for Gunilla to leave our cooperation due to a permanent employment at a translation company. We will miss her commitment and drive, and even more her constant joy and power of initiative.

Thanks to you, Gunilla, for founding Oktagon with us. We are still in the same industry, so we will see you around. Good luck with your new job!

Översättning – gör rätt från början

The publication “Translation: Getting it Right – A guide to buying translation”

We at Oktagon want to talk about a publication that is excellent, both for those who are used to buying translations and for beginners. It is called Translation: Getting it Right – A guide to buying translation.

It was written for Chris Durban on behalf of Institute of Translation and Interpreting in the United Kingdom and it is available in English, Swedish and many other languages on their website.