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Translators in Spain

I don’t know how things are abroad, but here in Spain they don’t look at all good. At least not for translators. Ok, maybe you’re not a translator. But I AM a translator. Officially unemployed. And it’s okay for me, because now I’m working as a private teacher, and I love it. But it WAS okay for me, until I saw this:

Can anyone explain to me why I am unemployed? I would kill the brainy one who translated this text.

How can people be so… so… so *beep* {censored}?! I would be ashamed, if I “translated” a text like this. There are hundreds of thousands of translators here in Spain. Obviously, no one was hired to translate this {And if THIS is the literary work of some translator… Kill him/her, please. You’ll do the world a favour}. And you can find lots of examples of this sort. Let’s see:

Photo of a Chinese menu translated into English, in China.

I can’t speak Chinese, but¬† I don’t think Chinese people eat that.

Mmm, cowboy picks… Yummy!


No comments.

Surreal.


I can explain this: laziness. People prefer automatic translation.

Does anyone know that real translators, flesh-and-blood translators, exist?? Hello world!!! I’m here!!*Sigh*

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Technical problems

Sorry! Yesterday I couldn’t write any post, because I had some technical problems with my Internet connection. ūüė¶

But now it’s repaired. ūüôā

So I’m back! ūüėÄ

Yesterday was a boring day. Nothing new or exciting happened. Well, maybe it was the worst day of Jimmy’s job life. He had to work 9 hours. Because of a mistake. It wasn’t HIS mistake. It was a colleague’s mistake. But both had to stay there until they fixed it. ūüė¶ Poor Jimmy.

Today… Today I have a new student! So more money for me! Ho, ho! ūüėÄ And after that, Jimmy and I will go to another village to see houses for sale. ūüôā I’ll tell more about this (or anything else) later! (I promise)

Now I’m working on a new website which will advertise my translation services. So I’m pretty busy!

See you later!


P.S.: To be honest, the reason I don’t write anything interesting right now is I don’t feel very inspired! :S

Mean people

Yeah, mean people. There are many mean people, whose only enjoyment is to take advantage of others and make someone’s life impossible. And I’d dare to say, that there are in fact just two groups of people: mean and innocent. In which are you? I’m definitely in the second one. And I hate it. All my life could be summarized as the story of an innocent girl, helping others and being exploited. Yeah, I couldn’t sum it up better.¬†At school, high school, university and job. Always. The same story. I’ve been brought up to respect and help others. And actually¬†helping people¬†makes me feel good. But there is always someone who tries to take advantage. And that is exactly what has happened to me today. I feel miserable, betrayed and¬†stupid. I’ll never learn.

I work with a group of Translation students. They have a work-experience contract. And I’m the coordinator of this group. Well, last week¬† I finished all the translations assigned to me (these last¬†days I worked just¬†on the format). That is, with a week in advance of the handing over (due on March 13th). And I sent my translations to the group of students, so that they check my work and homogenize all the translations (they are different documents, but they are about the same topic, so we found similar problems, terms and phraseology). I kept checking my e-mail account everyday, but nothing. No answer, no thank yous, no correction of my translation. Nothing. I thought they may be stressed, with lots of things to do for the university. So I wrote an e-mail to them, trying to calm them down, and explained to them that they don’t need to worry -I could check my translations and send them to the client, and they could send to me¬†their translations when they had time,¬†so that I could¬†check theirs before handing them to the client. And then one of the students wrote me, telling me they’d already finished their documents and were checking their translations, but not mine. They had planned to send the texts tomorrow, without telling me nothing, and without checking my documents. They had taken advantage of my translations, copying everything they wanted, and ignored me. I don’t know what do you think, but plagiarism is not what good people do. Besides, I’ve been helping them all the time, providing them with glossaries, and sharing format tricks with them.

mean people suck

So you must understand that I’m not in a good mood…

¬†Has this ever¬†happened to you? Or is it just me? Am I too innocent? I would like to know your opinion! ūüėČ

Tuesday

Asleep

Today I woke up late… (humm, again! :().¬†It’s always the same story: I want to get up early, but… I went to bed very late and once again I was too tired to wake up at a normal hour… So my Tuesday started with less hours than any other day… And I have lots of things to do!!! Gosh, I’m like a child… Tomorrow I’ll wake up early, I promise (I’ve already set the alarm at 8:00 am).

First thing to do: let Stitch go out and stretch his legs a little.¬†One hour walking with¬†him. When you have a ferret,¬†your life changes completely.¬†And¬†it’s not because of all the¬†responsibility it involves, but because¬†when you’re¬†walking with your pet,¬†everybody points¬†out to you, like if you were famous or a freak (I’m very shy, so just imagine how embarrassing it is for me… I turn red immediately!!). And worst of all, they don’t let you walk!! Imagine: everybody around you, asking you questions about your pet and trying to stroke it…¬†And I can’t be rude, I mean, I’m not that kind of person. I¬†always try to make people happy. So when¬†I’m surrounded by 10 people, I stayed there, answering all the¬†questions they have and then, holding Stitch, so that they can stroke him.¬†I know, maybe it’s my fault… If I weren’t nice,¬†perhaps people¬†wouldn’t approach me.¬†.. I’m planning to charge 1‚ā¨ for everyone who wants to see my pet and stroke it… ha, ha! just kidding! (but I would make a good deal!).

The following thing to do today was¬†to tidy up my room (I’m sooo messy… :$) and to start to work:¬†translating. Well, I’ve already translated all the texts Unicef entrusted me, now it is all format stuff… Aaand to my surprise, just when I needed it the most, Photoshop doesn’t work! Great!! ūüė¶ So I had to use the prehistoric Paint for the maps and pictures of the texts. I spent more than¬†an hour and a half with just one page of the translation!!! I don’t know if I’ll have the texts on time… :$

Today I¬†went to lunch with my sweetheart, to a fast-food restaurant next to his office. We had a great time!! It’s a pity he has so little time to lunch… So after having lunch, I returned home to start to give private lessons to my students. And finally at 9:00 pm, relax! Well, not exactly… I left Stitch out of his cage so that he could play and run in my bedroom. And he’s full of energy! I had to be checking and keeping my eyes open, because Stitch fits everywhere, and he is always looking for a hiding place… under my bed, my armchair, in my bed or my bag… and can be injured or get stuck…¬†And¬†today was the day he decided to¬†hide under my bed, and get stuck…¬†He gave me a real fright! Fortunately he is OK, sleeping in his hammock ūüôā

And I’ll go to bed soon too, but before¬†I want to finish¬†giving format to¬†one of the documents for UNICEF… ūüė•

See you!