I was an in-house English to Chinese Simplified translator at Sunyu Transphere (a top 30 translation company worldwide) from 2009 to 2020 (11 years).
Due to my high quality (my work is always delivered to the client without QA) and effective communication, I was prompted to the role of team lead in 2018.
I choose to become a freelance translator in Aug, 2020.
This is how I solved a recent terminology, style, or linguistic challenge
Challenge: audience changed.
One of my clients in the electronic field wanted to market its content via some popular Chinese social media such as Douyin (Tik-Tok), WeChat, etc. The content needed to prompt is very technical which is originally targeted to engineers, if release directly, the audience on those social media will not be interested. Therefore, the client wants to summarize and extract the content, making it easy to understand and keep the key information.
- Before translation, I proofread the source English and modify it with track change then deliver it to SME. SME will check all the modifications and finalize the content which is the source content to translate.
- While translating, I used terms that are easy to understand by most Chinese people and keep the style natural and simple.
This is how I solved a recent recent technical challenge on a translation project
Challenge: the content is too technical to understand.
There are many technical articles written by engineers, some of them may not very good in English and prefer using many terms or abbreviates, which is very hard to understand unless you are one of
- An engineer served as an SME (subject matter expert) and I often asked him about any unclear content in the source. After I got the answers, I tried to learn the related knowledge and make a note.
- I collected all the terms/abbreviates/slangs into a glossary and made a Trados glossary. The translations of these words will pop up while translating and can be checked with Xbench or Verifika after finishing.
- Learn the basic knowledge of such a field. I bought some books as per the suggestion of the SME.
This is how I solved a recent communication challenge with a client
Background: A law firm is a big client of my previous company.
I was assigned the role of editor and team lead and finished it on time with praise from the client.
Challenge: quality may be not stable.
There were more than 10 translators involved in this project due to the tight TAT, and the client has no reference material such as TM or glossary.
- Before kicking-off this project officially, I communicated with the client about the style then compiled a style guide that introduced the background, tone and specific instructions on content and details.
- I suggested PM to use the TM of a similar project before for reference, and use the existing glossary of patent translation in the communication field as the glossary of this project.
- I wrote many QA rules into Trados QA settings to apply the instructions in the style guide as many as possible.
Lulu is gifted at translation.
I remembered that the score of her testing is nearly 100 when she applied for the in-house translator in Sunyu Transphere. After only half a year she was promoted to the role of editor, the average time of such a promotion is 2 years.
Due to her excellent performance, she was selected as the team lead for the entire in-house English to Chinese team in the company.
She is very efficient in communication not only to the in-house team but also to the PM or even the client.
When she was in Sunyu Transphere, she has rich experience nearly in every specilization, especially IT, i-gaming, life science and legal.
It’s a pity for me that she quitted the job and became a freelance translator. Wish her every success in the future.
I checked her rate in Zingword and also found it is very competitive.
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