Inteligencia artificial

Botis fue la primera traductora robótica. La Compañía había decidido dotarla de apariencia femenina, aunque nunca se supo bien por qué. Era de una belleza tradicional,  naturalmente delgada, estilizada y atlética, el cabello siempre perfecto, los ojos nunca cansados, la espalda nunca dolorida.

Llevaba un traje de titanio ligero y resistente que había acabado con uno de los debates más generalizados entre los traductores del siglo XXI; no más discusión con respecto a piyamas sí o piyamas no. Como la comida y la bebida le eran indiferentes, el consumo excesivo de café y comida chatarra que había caracterizado a muchos de sus antecesores humanos había dejado de ser un problema. Tampoco necesitaba dormir ni descansar ni hacer pausas ni tomarse vacaciones… algo impensable años atrás.

Aunque era solo un prototipo, sus redes neuronales, algoritmos informáticos inspirados en el cerebro humano, ya eran capaces de traducir a una velocidad extraordinaria. Traía instaladas todas las memorias de traducción recopiladas a lo largo de la historia y la versión premium del conjunto de programas Ventanas de Oficina, y podía resolver los fallos catastróficos que continuaban ocurriendo a pesar de la gran evolución tecnológica que había transformado el mundo moderno. De hecho, era de total propiedad de Microsoluciones en Ventanas, la compañía que, con sus soluciones automáticas, había llegado a dominar gran parte del mercado de traducción conocido universalmente como low-cost.

Lo único que desconcertaba a Botis era por qué, pese a todo, aquellos traductores humanos seguían viniendo todas las mañanas a instalarse a su lado para revisar sus traducciones. ¡Sus traducciones! A sus campos de especialización individuales habían agregado la posedición de traducciones automáticas. Y los escuchaba hablar enfáticamente de años de estudio y de experiencia de trabajo y capacitación que, según ellos, les permitían tener lo que se empeñaban en llamar “criterio”. Pero de eso, claro, ella no entendía nada.

Nora Torres © Junio de 2018

Imagen: Pixabay (tinyurl.com/ycqvbrcs)

 

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Translating The Heartless Translator into Italian, the Language of Love!

Il traduttore senza cuore (Un piccolo esercizio di traduzione)

When Tiziana Raffa volunteered to translate The heartless translator, a short story, into Italian and Chiara Bartolozzi agreed to edit/proofread her translation, I was far from imagining how fulfilling and joyful the experience would be. They are both the nicest people to work with, and I think these two lovely translators enjoyed working together and exchanging views and opinions.

You can see the Italian team’s work below (in green font), following the English source (in Italics), and the Spanish translation (in blue font).

I hope you enjoy the reading and look forward to seeing this piece translated into other languages as well!

 

The Heartless Translator | El traductor sin corazón | Il traduttore senza cuore

Once upon a time, there was this poor translator with a worn-out heart.

Había una vez un pobre traductor con el corazón maltrecho.

C’era una volta un povero traduttore dal cuore malconcio.

 

After living a thousand loaned lives and riding the frantic roller coaster of getting into and out of the skin of a myriad of characters penned and fleshed out by others, after spending a thousand sleepless nights and dreaming of unsolvable ambiguities and impossible deadlines when he did get some sleep, the fibers of his heart had gotten threadbare.

Después de vivir mil vidas ajenas y de subirse innumerables veces a la frenética montaña rusa que supone meterse debajo de la piel de incontables personajes creados y narrados por otros, después de pasar mil y una noches en vela y de soñar con ambigüedades insalvables y plazos de entrega imposibles cuando —por fin— conseguía dormir un poco, las fibras de su corazón estaban deshechas.

Dopo aver vissuto migliaia di vite prese in prestito e aver più volte montato sulle frenetiche montagne russe indossando e togliendo i panni di una miriade di personaggi creati e illustrati da altri, dopo aver trascorso migliaia di notti insonni e aver avuto gli incubi a causa di irrisolvibili ambiguità e impossibili scadenze, quando finalmente riusciva a prendere un po’ di sonno, le fibre del suo cuore erano ridotte allo stremo.

 

Doctors were helpless at fixing such a life-threatening problem, until one of them came up with the idea of the clockwork machine.

Los médicos no habían podido remediar esta afección que estaba poniendo fin a su vida hasta que a uno de ellos se le ocurrió la idea de recurrir a un mecanismo de relojería.

Nessun medico era in grado di risolvere questo problema che stava mettendo a repentaglio la sua vita, finché uno di loro ebbe l’idea di ricorrere a un meccanismo di orologeria.

 

It was implanted right inside the hollow space that used to hold his heart, and it started working right away—tick, tack; tick, tack.

Se lo implantaron directamente en el hueco que solía ocupar el corazón, y el aparato comenzó a funcionar de inmediato con su rítmico tic-tac, tic-tac.

Glielo impiantò direttamente nello spazio vuoto dove un tempo era situato il cuore e il meccanismo iniziò immediatamente a funzionare: tic, tac; tic, tac.

 

The translator soon recovered his health, but never got his magic back.

El traductor pronto recuperó la salud, pero sus palabras nunca recuperaron la magia.

Il traduttore riacquistò subito la salute, ma non recuperò più la magia delle sue parole.

 

He was still able to translate to the best of his mind, but he was missing a heart.

Seguía poniendo toda su inteligencia al servicio de su trabajo… pero, ahora, le faltaba corazón.

Era ancora in grado di tradurre dando il meglio di sé con la mente, ma si ritrovava senza più un cuore.

 

And a heart is not something a translator can do without.

Y corazón es algo que a un traductor no puede faltarle.

E il cuore è qualcosa di cui un traduttore non può fare a meno.

 

Meet the Italian Translator: Tiziana Raffa

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Tiziana has worked as a freelance translator and interpreter EN/ES>IT since 2012. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Translation and Interpreting and a Master’s Degree in Modern Languages for International Communication. She has also earned a 1st Level Master’s Degree in Translation and Interpreting at the SSML “Gregorio VII” (Advanced School of Modern Languages for Interpreters and Translators) in Rome and a Master’s Degree in Audiovisual Translation: Localisation, Subtitling and Dubbing at the Instituto Superior de Estudios Lingüísticos y Traducción in Seville. As an interpreter, she has taken part in various conferences in Rome. She is currently working as a freelance audiovisual translator and proofreader for Studio Asci in Crema, a small town in the north of Italy, and for Grupo Mediapro and P4 Traducciones, two audiovisual translation agencies in Seville. You can find her on Twitter and LinkedIn.

And the Italian Proofreader: Chiara Bartolozzi

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Chiara is a freelance professional translator, interpreter and a copywriter-to-be owner of One Sec Translations. She translates from English, Spanish and (Simplified) Chinese into Italian. Although her specialisations are fashion, journalism, tourism and advertising, she also currently translates technical and legal documents from English and Spanish. Cinema and TV series addict, music lover, she deeply loves the English language and its culture as much as the Eastern one.

You can find her on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.
Her Website: www.onesec-translations.com

 

 

 

El traductor sin corazón (Un pequeño ejercicio de traducción)

En 2012, escribí The heartless translator. Se trata de un minicuento de ficción científica, escrito en inglés, acerca de la necesidad que tenemos los traductores de poner el corazón en lo que hacemos.

Pensé que sería una buena idea hacer el ejercicio de traducirlo al español, ¡y me encantó hacerlo! Me tomé algunas libertades, lo cual supongo me está permitido. Debajo pueden leer el original (en letra cursiva) y la traducción (en redonda de color azul). Acepto críticas, sugerencias y, por supuesto, si a alguien le interesa traducirlo a otro idioma, ¡pues bienvenido/a! Lo publicaríamos con el debido crédito.

The heartless translator

El traductor sin corazón

Once upon a time, there was this poor translator with a worn-out heart.

Había una vez un pobre traductor con el corazón maltrecho.

After living a thousand loaned lives and riding the frantic roller coaster of getting into and out of the skin of a myriad of characters penned and fleshed out by others, after spending a thousand sleepless nights and dreaming of unsolvable ambiguities and impossible deadlines when he did get some sleep, the fibers of his heart had gotten threadbare.

Después de vivir mil vidas ajenas y de subirse innumerables veces a la frenética montaña rusa que supone meterse debajo de la piel de incontables personajes creados y narrados por otros, después de pasar mil y una noches en vela y de soñar con ambigüedades insalvables y plazos de entrega imposibles cuando —por fin— conseguía dormir un poco, las fibras de su corazón estaban deshechas.

Doctors were helpless at fixing such a life-threatening problem, until one of them came up with the idea of the clockwork machine.

Los médicos no habían podido remediar esta afección que estaba poniendo fin a su vida hasta que a uno de ellos se le ocurrió la idea de recurrir a un mecanismo de relojería.

It was implanted right inside the hollow space that used to hold his heart, and it started working right away—tick, tack; tick, tack.

Se lo implantaron directamente en el hueco que solía ocupar el corazón, y el aparato comenzó a funcionar de inmediato con su rítmico tic-tac, tic-tac.

The translator soon recovered his health, but never got his magic back.

El traductor pronto recuperó la salud, pero sus palabras nunca recuperaron la magia.

He was still able to translate to the best of his mind, but he was missing a heart.

Seguía poniendo toda su inteligencia al servicio de su trabajo… pero, ahora, le faltaba corazón.

And a heart is not something a translator can do without.

Y corazón es algo que a un traductor no puede faltarle.

 

Texto original de Nora Torres © 2012 Todos los derechos reservados

Traducido por Nora Torres © 2018 Todos los derechos reservados

Embarking on the translation of clinical trial documents? Make sure to bring the right gear! (Revised and expanded)

When I translate clinical trial documents, I may be helping a patient start a clinical trial, I may be helping a patient understand his or her laboratory test results, or I may be helping a physician understand a patient’s medical history. My work counts. My work is important. I’m driven to work hard. Responsibly.

Translating clinical trial documents

Now, there’s no denying that translating clinical trial documents can be a tough nut to crack. Actually very hard if you don’t have access to the right tools and resources. So if you intend to dive into the depths of this mighty river, make sure to bring the right gear.

Below you’ll find a handful of helpful resources that can help you assemble a powerful English-Spanish translation/writing kit:

•  Access to the Medical Dictionary for Regulatory Activities (MedDRA) through Tremédica (International Association of Translators and Editors of Medicine and Allied Sciences).

If you need help getting started with the MedDRA, you may want to check An introduction to MedDRA for medical translators by Emma Goldsmith on her blog, Signs and Symptoms of Translation.

•  A subscription to Cosnautas, including:

•  Fernando Navarro’s authoritative Libro rojo (the Red Book);

•  Siglas médicas en español, a repertoire of initialisms, acronyms, contractions and symbols used in Spanish medical texts, also compiled by Fernando A. Navarro;

•  Árbol de Cos,  a collection of links to Internet resources for medical translators and writers, compiled by Laura Munoa, with the assistance of Fernando Campos Leza, and María J. Hernández Weigand); and

•  Alergología e inmunología, an English-Spanish dictionary of allergology and clinical immunology, by Juan Manuel Igea Aznar.

•  Pablo Mugüerza’s Manual de traducción inglés-español de protocolos de ensayos clínicos (English/Spanish Clinical Trial Protocol Translation Handbook), a Fundación Dr. Antonio Esteve publication.

•  Glosario EN-ES de ensayos clínicos (Glossary of clinical trials, ENG-SPA), by María Verónica Saladrigas, Fernando A. Navarro, Laura Munoa, Pablo Mugüerza, and Álvaro Villegas, a Tremédica publication.

•  Clinical Research Glossary, a publication of the Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium.

•  A Spanish-English statistics glossary for clinical trials, by Emma Goldsmith on Signs and Symptoms of Translation.

•  Diccionario de términos médicos, Real Academia Nacional de Medicina.

•  Stedman Bilingual: Medical Science Dictionary, English-Spanish, Thomas Lathrop Stedman, Editorial Panamericana.

•  MediLexicon online database of pharmaceutical and medical abbreviations.

•  Diccionario de anatomía e histología, by Francisco Speroni, Editorial de la Universidad de La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

•  Glossary of Pharmaceutical Terms, English-Spanish, WHO Collaborating Center for Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies.

•  A Spanish-English glossary of genetics, by Emma Goldsmith on Signs and Symptoms of Translation.

•  Vocabulario inglés-español de bioquímica y biología molecular (English/Spanish Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Glossary), by María Verónica Saladrigas, M. Gonzalo Claros Díaz, and Diego González Halphen, a Tremédica publication.

•  Medical Translation Step by Step: Learning by Drafting, by Vicent Montalt and Maria González-Davies, Routledge.

•  Cómo traducir y redactar textos científicos en español, Reglas, ideas y consejos, by M. Gonzalo Claros Díaz, a Fundación Dr. Antonio Esteve publication.

•  SEQC’s Manual de estilo para la redacción de textos científicos y profesionales (Style Guide for Scientific and Professional Writing).

Please note this style guide does not incorporate the latest changes introduced to the Spanish grammar by the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language, which you can find here.

You can also refer to Spelling and Typographic Standards of the new Ortografía de la lengua española (2010) as Applied to Biomedical Publications in Spanish: An Overview, by Manuel José Aguilar Ruiz, a Tremédica publication.

•  5000 frases precocinadas para textos científicos, by Pedro Margolles García, a NeoScientia publication.

•  A Practical Guide to Self-Reviewing Your Translation Work, an e-book intended for new translators and others interested in implementing a systematic self-review process.

I hope this will serve as a starting point for building your own resource portfolio. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section of this post. And, of course, happy translating!

A Practical Guide to Self-Reviewing Your Translation Work

ACE Your Post-Translation Process and Pre-Delivery SAFE Checks

This e-book is the first in a series of summarized publications that are part of the Skill Building for Translators (SBT) Program. It is intended for new translators and others interested in implementing a systematic self-review process.

Hopefully, after reading this guide you will have a better understanding of the steps needed to self-review your translation work thoroughly, and an orderly method to do so methodically.

I am acutely aware of the fact that this guide can be greatly improved and supplemented, and it will probably grow and develop over time. Your feedback is most welcome!

 

El traductor y la palabra perfecta (Un cuento corto)

 

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Se sirvió otra taza de café y siguió tratando de traer a la memoria la palabra que lo había tenido en vilo toda la noche. Sabía que la había visto… ¿en un diccionario? ¿en un libro de medicina? La recordaba pequeña, escrita a mano, en letra apretada sobre un margen ajado.

También sabía que se le estaba acabando el tiempo, que el plazo de entrega se acercaba peligrosamente, pero no podía dejar de buscarla alocadamente entre sus libros y papeles viejos ni de escudriñar los complejos laberintos de su mente, acostumbrada ya a esas lides.

Cuando ya se estaba haciendo de día y casi sin esperarlo, la halló en un cuaderno de notas, tal como la recordaba. Se reclinó en la silla, sonriendo, y se dejó invadir por esa rara felicidad que tan bien conocemos los que nos dedicamos a este oficio.

Nora Torres

(Reescrito y adaptado del original, inspirado en recuerdos de la era preinternética)

© 2017

Todos los derechos reservados

The heartless translator (A short story)

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Once upon a time, there was this poor translator with a worn-out heart. After living a thousand loaned lives and riding the frantic roller coaster of getting into and out of the skin of a myriad of characters penned and fleshed out by others, after spending a thousand sleepless nights and dreaming of unsolvable ambiguities and impossible deadlines when he did get some sleep, the fibers of his heart had gotten threadbare.

Doctors were helpless at fixing such a life-threatening problem, until one of them came up with the idea of the clockwork machine. It was implanted right inside the hollow space that used to hold his heart, and it started working right away—tick, tack; tick, tack. The translator soon recovered his health, but never got his magic back. He was still able to translate to the best of his mind, but he was missing a heart. And a heart is not something a translator can do without.

Nora Torres © 2012 All Rights Reserved

El traductor feliz (un cuento corto)

 

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Había una vez un experimentado pescador que se hacía a la mar cada mañana, con la misma frescura y el mismo entusiasmo que un novato. Navegaba diestramente, recorriendo el agua oscura y densa de las palabras en busca de aquellas que necesitaba, como si en ello le fuera la vida.

Con el tiempo, había dejado de usar las toscas redes de sus comienzos para empezar a pescar con señuelo, desarrollando una técnica minuciosa, sistemática, que llegó a dominar con suma destreza. En ocasiones, se dejaba llevar por la corriente, indolente, y esos ratos de ocio le permitían descubrir matices, tonos, luces y sombras que enriquecían su escritura y encendían su creatividad.

Regresaba por la tarde a la costa, con el fruto del trabajo realizado en las complejidades del océano lingüístico: los sustantivos más adecuados, los adjetivos más acertados, los verbos más convenientes y los adverbios más felices, que iba hilvanando con preposiciones, conjunciones e interjecciones especialmente elegidas aquí y allá.

Trasnochaba sentado a la mesa de la cocina, poniendo la carga en orden, limpiando cada pieza y asegurándose de que todo estuviera en su sitio, en perfecta armonía y absoluto equilibrio. Entregaba su trabajo y se sentía el ser más feliz de la Tierra.

A la mañana siguiente, después de tomar una taza de café caliente y de comer uno o dos bollos, abría la puerta de la cabaña y, con el sol bañándole la cara, volvía a tomar la barca y a arrastrarla hasta la orilla de la mar, donde las palabras se rompían en blanca espuma y lo invitaban, una vez más, a comenzar otra jornada de trabajo.

Nora Torres

Traductora

© 2017 Todos los derechos reservados

Freelance Lifehacking for Translators: Are you battling or fixing?

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What is battle-mode

Battle: 1250-1300; Middle English bataile < Old French < Vulgar Latin *battālia for Late Latin battuālia (neuter plural) gladiatorial exercises, equivalent to battu (ere) to strike + -ālia, neuter plural of -ālis.

Battle-mode is a state of mind whereby a freelancer undertakes gladiatorial exercises.

You might recognize this mode. When you’ve got a tight deadline on a nightmarish project, you might shift into battle-mode in order to finish your project on time. In general, battle-mode happens when you really need to fight through something.

Sometimes, there’s no other option than to fight through a problem, but other times we could solve the problem instead of fighting through it. I think we go through cycles of battling and big picture solutions, which is probably why vacations are crucial to performance.

Freelancers in particular have this problem

There are many benefits to being a freelancer. Everyone knows somebody who’s tearing it up on their freelancer lifestyle.

Yet, freelancers often have the battle-mode problem, because as a freelancer, you’re responsible for a whole lot of things: your computer, your budget, your house, your office, your chair, your desk, your health—in fact, you’re responsible for everything in your life, personally and professionally, plus your actual work.

As you work toward solving issues one by one, sometimes you can get into battle-mode and then forget that there was a solution to your problem in the first place. Freelancers can sometimes get stuck in battle-mode for several years, whether it’s an inadequately furnished home office, issues with late payments and rates, or stuff to do with the computer.

In fact, right now I’m sitting with awful posture on a kitchen chair, and I’m thinking back one year when I was sitting on this same chair thinking, “I’ll buy a fancy office chair this summer.” A few international trips and big expenses later and I still don’t have my new fancy chair. But why am I sitting on a kitchen chair? Because I’ve been in battle-mode.

Big battles and little battles

Freelancers can get into some huge battles. At the end of the day, the complete tilt toward self-reliance combined with the lack of guarantees and being the last one on the food chain (when the customer gets squeezed, who will they pay first?) makes many freelancers vulnerable to perfect storm scenarios.

If you have some financial difficulties, get paid late, lose a customer, incur some medical bills, etc. all at the same time, you could end up in serious battle-mode that goes beyond the office chair.

Regardless of the size of you battle, the solution is almost always to create some distance between yourself and the problem. Meditation is becoming a very popular thing to do, and I’ve noticed that freelance people in particular recognize the benefits.

Fixing vs. fighting

When you are in battle-mode, you can do very well at individual tasks, so it’s not a total failure. However, you can also lose track of the big picture and fail to make choices that would help you.

Case in point: I had been in battle-mode with my email client (Thunderbird) for months. It was working slowly and crashing. When I entered into my email, it was like I was a pirate raiding an 17th century clipper. “I’m going in! Aaaarrrrrgggghhhhhh!” And I would slay 10 second email loading times, crashes, and the archive button not working, all sorts of foes. My prize? Sending and receiving emails.

Why didn’t I fix it sooner? Because my customers were calling, the easy solutions didn’t work, so after fifteen minutes of “fixing,” I would inevitably go back to “work.”

So yesterday I fixed my email client, finally. It only took 4 hours, but now that my email is working, I realize just how bad my email client was! Why didn’t I fix it sooner? Because I was fighting! I would’ve been so much happier if I had fixed it months ago.

The solution: You deserve it.

Your customers are calling… But take adequate time to fix your problems anyway.

Ask yourself, What am I battling right now? When am I fighting and not fixing?

For freelance translators, aside from personal/business matters, this often means fighting with tools that you use and the types of jobs that you take. If your software setup is slowing you down considerably, maybe it’s time for a change. As with my email software, these are often the hardest to fix, not because they’re literally hard to fix, but because it feels like you’ve already invested so much in a way of doing things that it would simply be too hard to change. With many problems/solutions, what we often don’t realize is just how good things can be after fixing the problem.

Another good idea is to look at intermediate steps, rather than waiting for big solutions. If you’re saving money to get a new office chair, maybe you can go get an old one somewhere in the meantime.

Tackle those fixes as if they were little investments that will pay you back over time. I think you’ll be glad that you did!

Who wrote this guest post?

Robert Rogge (Thank you, Robert! You rock!)

Robert is CEO of Zingword, launching soon… A place where translators get great jobs and businesses can find them easily. Launching a startup is not easy, so he’s been trying to stay healthy and take care of himself while also building Zing.

 

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Robert digs literature, cooking, travel, music, running, swimming, and basketball, and is hosting a podcast for translators, Translator City Radio, which recently added a cha-ching sound effect to the mix. Lately, he’s been listening to Vaporwave.

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