Finding mistakes in your translation

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Topics: Translation quality assurance
Editing and proofreading

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Duration: 90 minutes.

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Summary:Will you find your mistakes before you send off your translation to your client? In this webinar we’ll look at procedures that can increase the likelihood of noticing mistakes.
Everyone makes mistakes. The question is: will you find them when you check your translation before sending it off to your client?

In this webinar, we’ll look at checking procedures that can increase the likelihood of finding mistakes. You can’t correct a mistake until you’ve found it! What counts as a mistake? It depends on your concept of quality. Quality in translation is not the topic of this webinar, but we’ll look briefly at three concepts of quality.

We’ll do a few exercises, and we’ll take a few polls of participants so that everyone can find out how the other participants do their checking. Do they check on screen or on paper? Do they compare their translation to the source text or just read their translation? When comparing source and translation, do they read a sentence of the source first or the translation first?

Different people do their checking work differently, but does it matter? Is there a best way? The answer is no, and yes.

Since checking takes time (time when you could be moving on to the next translation), you need to be sure that you are using your checking time effectively. We’ll look at some time-wasting activities and some principles to keep in mind to avoid wasting time.
Target audience
All translators.
Learning objectives
Learn to use checking time efficiently by formulating your concept of quality and setting priorities.
Learn techniques for spotting errors.
Find out how others approach checking.
Learn principles for checking.
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• Preliminaries

• The time versus quality problem

• Three checking principles

• Three concepts of quality

• Checking procedures
o Checking while drafting versus after drafting
o Reading the translation alone versus comparing it to the source
o Reading translation first versus source first during comparative checking
o Order of comparative and unilingual checking
o Checking on screen versus on paper

• Error-spotting methods

• Levels of writing quality

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Brian R Mossop    View feedback | View all courses
Bio: Brian was a Canadian government translator, reviser and trainer for 40 years until he retired in 2014. He now does freelance work and teaches revision at the York University School of Translation in Toronto. He is the author of the widely used textbook Revising and Editing for Translators (3rd edition, Routledge, 2014) and has written many articles on revision and other topics (list at
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Finding mistakes in your translation

Gordana Petrovska Dojchinovska
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عضو (2011)
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Pretty good webinarOct 17, 2018

The webinar is pretty good. It focuses on the things to watch out for in your translation and how to make less mistakes while you work. There is also a list of reference at the end, which is super helpful.


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