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13 Tips on Writing for Translation


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A good translation starts with good source content. These slides show you the most common oversights made when writing content in English. Good source content is critical to the success of global marketing campaigns.

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13 Tips on Writing for Translation

  1. 1. 13 Tips on Writing for Translation
  2. 2. 1. Be consistent in word choice Insert the DVD into the player Place the DVD in the player Load the DVD into the player
  3. 3. 2. Stick to primary meanings Meet = Encounter Meet = Satisfy
  4. 4. 3. Avoid Idioms John’s new product was a big success! John hit a home run with his new product!
  5. 5. 4. Use articles where possible Place a screw in the hole Place screw in hole
  6. 6. 5. Avoid using nouns as adjectives The color of that dress suits you. That dress color suits you.
  7. 7. 6. Don’t omit “that” I knew that he bought a car. I knew he bought a car.
  8. 8. 7. Avoid phrasal verbs John erected the display. John set up the display
  9. 9. 8. Use nouns, not pronouns John erected the display. *** John was happy with the result. John set up the display. *** He was happy with the result.
  10. 10. 9. Identify the actor This room was painted by John. This room was painted.
  11. 11. 10. Use parallel construction Her job is filing, typing, and opening the mail. Her job is filing typing and to open the mail.
  12. 12. 11. Use punctuation correctly A koala bear eats shoots and leaves. A koala bear eats, shoots, and leaves.
  13. 13. 12. Be careful with modifier placement Washington wrote his speech on the back of an envelope while riding to Philadelphia. Washington wrote his speech while riding to Philadelphia on the back of an envelope.
  14. 14. 13. Convert lists to freestanding phrases The job involves: • filing, • typing, and • opening mail. The job involves the following tasks: • Filing • Typing • Opening mail
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