5 Ways to Sharpen Your Translation Skills

5 Ways to Sharpen Your Translation Skills

Being a translator requires lifelong learning to become successful. After becoming a certified translator, you must continually work on improving your language ability, general knowledge and overall fluency of your target language. Translators must stay up-to-date with technological and current standards in the industry they work in or risk losing clients. Here are a few tips that can help you sharpen your translation skills and see more success as a translator:

Read daily

Take time each day to read books, the dictionary, news articles, etc. in your target language. Reading books and the newspaper will help you understand sentence structure and know which words to use. If you are a translator in a specific industry, read books in your target language to expand your vocabulary. The dictionary will help you understand words and increase your vocabulary when speaking.

Carry a notebook for new words

Buy a notebook and keep it with you to write down new words, phrase and expressions. Writing down the words will help you better remember them and will help keep your vocabulary up-to-date.

Watch movies and news in target language

Watching movies or the news in the target language can help improve your translation skills. You can also try listening to the shows in your source language with subtitles in the target language.  

Speak with native speakers

Converse as often as you can with native speakers. There’s no better way to learn a language than to speak with experts in that language. Don’t be afraid to ask them questions. Speaking with natives is also a great way of picking up on language nuances like slang or colloquialisms in the target language.

Translate vice-versa

You may be comfortable translating from your source language to your target language, so practice vice-versa. This will help to improve your knowledge of the two language and improve your skill in being able to do two-way translations between your language-pair. Being able to do two-way translations will increase your job opportunities.

What tips do you have as a translator in keeping your translations skills sharp? Comment below and share with us.

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