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SDL Trados support Window (Concordance?) shows up on top every time I go to the next segment Floating window should be pinned into position This window should be displayed, but you probably
unpinned it by accident which is why it is now
floating around (or popping up). Click and hold
the title bar of that window to move it
Thomas Pfann Jun 10
Lighter side of trans/interp Silly magic moments (I just typed the last word of a 6k-document exactly as music ended) What album was that? [quote]Daniel Frisano wrote: By pure
coincidence, I just typed the last word of a
6k-document exactly as the last chord rang from
the album I was listening to. [/quote] That
Thomas Pfann Jun 6
Money matters Billing for handwritten old text Sames as any other job You assess how long it will take you to do the job
and quote your price accordingly. Preferably this
should all be agreed before the job is
confirmed. With work like this, I wouldn't
Thomas Pfann May 19
Business issues "Overbooking" webinars - an acceptable practice? Leaves a sour taste Yes, this happened to me as well this (probably
the same webinar). I agree that attending a live
webinar and viewing a recording of a webinar are
two rather different things. On the one
Thomas Pfann Apr 30
Poll Discussion Poll: Which of these professions do you think has the most parallels with translation? Welder I can't believe the "Beach Bum" option has now
overtaken the welder. Clearly, translators and
welders have a lot in common. Both work in the
background doing important jobs which can ma
Thomas Pfann Apr 23
German 4-Augen-Prinzip mit Agenturen Agentur muss danach trotzdem noch eigene Revision durchführen Die Agentur darf das natürlich durchaus
verlangen, muss diesen zusätzlichen Schritt dann
aber selbstverständlich auch bezahlen (d. h. der
Übersetzer schlägt die Kosten für den Kolle
Thomas Pfann Mar 31
SDL Trados support Add a country variety to a TM Edit .tmx in text editor to create a new TM I think there is still no option to simply change
language variants but there is a simple
workaround: 1) Export your de-DE to fr-FR TM to
.tmx. 2) Open the .tmx file in a text editor (
Thomas Pfann Mar 9
Off topic Dylan, Stones, Beatles, Cohen etc. songs in different languages More Beatles and whole lot of 'Schlager music' STS: Da kummt di Sunn (Austrian German version of
The Beatles' Here comes the
The German version of "I want to hold your
hand" by
Thomas Pfann Mar 8
Poll Discussion Poll: Do you think freelancers are generally more, or less, socially inept than the rest? "I won't dignify that question with an answer" [quote]tomtom88 wrote: Definitely. You don't
have to go through "life at the office", small
talk with colleagues you wouldn't care of in
normal life, office hours, etc. So even if you<
Thomas Pfann Mar 3
Money matters UK agency payment Consider charging in USD? You are not losing out because of Brexit but
because of the unfavourable exchange rate and
because you are charging in GBP. Brexit may well
be the reason for the weak pound but it is not t
Thomas Pfann Feb 27
Getting established Reflections on 2017, my first $US 100,000+ year from translation Honest question [quote]Matthias Brombach wrote: And even if so,
why then still using bicycles and not an SUV?
[/quote] How on earth do you use an SUV for
Thomas Pfann Jan 23
Poll Discussion Poll: Is your phone mostly a work tool, or a distraction from your work? Neither My phone is for receiving emails and accessing the
internet when I am out of the house. When I am at
my desk working, the phone is mostly quiet.
Luckily, I hardly get any work-related call
Thomas Pfann Jan 23
SDL Trados support What File Type is Wanted When an Agency Asks for my TM? TM export (.tmx) Normally, they would want it for their own TM
maintenance, ie. it to update their TM. For that
purpose it would be enough to send them the
.sdlxliff file (which is the bilingual file with<
Thomas Pfann Jan 18 profile help deleted   This all reminds me a bit of something I've never
e-spray-today/]invisible spray[/url]
Thomas Pfann Dec 15, 2017 profile help deleted     Thomas Pfann Dec 15, 2017 Translation Contests Two more language pairs have been closed. Announcing the winners Winning entries? Will the language pair pages be updated at some
point so that we can see the winning entry? At the
moment all pages are still showing all final
entries and the phrase "Winning entries will
Thomas Pfann Nov 28, 2017
Being independent Ethics and the translation sector - no more budget demands + a new forum category please! Not specific to translators [quote]Thayenga wrote: Fact is that all service
providers on this planet (mechanics, doctors,
supermarkets & co) provide their rates/prices, and
it's up to the customer to accept or
Thomas Pfann Oct 1, 2017
Money matters issuing invoices if someone is not self-employed The invoice is not the problem I think you need to wait for some answers from
Polish colleagues (or colleagues who know about
the rules in Poland). Normally, I'd think it's
simply a matter of issuing an invoice, receivi
Thomas Pfann Sep 6, 2017
Marketing for translators What do you think of my logo? It's more than just a book It's a book. But it's also a wing. Anything
else? I like it.
Thomas Pfann Sep 1, 2017
German (Angehörige von) Endkunden kontaktieren und etwaige Relevanz im Asylverfahren Unprofessionell und naiv – vielleicht sogar strafbar? [quote]Matthias Quaschning-Kirsch wrote: Sehe
ich Gespenster, wenn ich einen solchen Übersetzer
für dumm, niederträchtig oder beides halte?
[/quote] Dumm auf jeden Fall, niedertr
Thomas Pfann Aug 22, 2017 job systems "Premium"(?) jobs do not necessarily pay above-market rates Go for it ... ... and quote your price. In German this was
phrased slightly differently ("a rate per word of
up X would be ideal"). If it sounds interesting
(and it certainly does) why not quote your
Thomas Pfann Jul 28, 2017
Scams Could this be a scammer or a phisher? (web crawlers on visitors page) Purpose [quote]Tom in London wrote: Why would these
crawlers be crawling if there's no reason behind
it? Surely it's done with a purpose? I'm very
concerned about the increasing penetrability of
Thomas Pfann Jul 25, 2017
Getting established I need your suggestions for a new business name! Two suggestions: Gorilla Translations Frankfurt & Friends (Oops,
this one's already taken by a bar in Frankfurt.
Shame, I did like it as a name.) Or use one of
the many free online business name genera
Thomas Pfann Jul 25, 2017
Poll Discussion Poll: Do you find working for clients outside your country more lucrative than domestic clients? It depends Generally, I charge my clients the same regardless
of which country they are based. However, when I
invoice in a foreign currency it depends on the
exchange rate, and fluctuations can make
Thomas Pfann Jun 7, 2017
Money matters never accept ridiculous offers! It's the same everywhere [quote]Mervyn Henderson wrote: I was wondering
when people take on a cleaner, do they a) tell the
cleaner what the rate is? or b) ask what the rate
is? It's a serious question, but
Thomas Pfann May 18, 2017
Business issues Google Translate strikes again On a lighter note Ask Google Translate to translate the following
sentence from German into English: Die
Volkswirtschaftslehre (auch Nationalökonomie,
Wirtschaftliche Staatswissenschaften oder
Thomas Pfann May 16, 2017
Business issues Google Translate strikes again Terrific Interestingly, the translation changes if you use
the article or enter a whole sentence. The
translation of "a terrific book" or "This is a
terrific book" is rendered correctly. And
Thomas Pfann May 15, 2017
Scams Assistance in relocating - scam? Relocation scam again? There seems to be another one of those 'relocation
help' emails being sent out via the
directory. The sender is a member whose newly
setup profile contains hardly any info. Claims
Thomas Pfann May 8, 2017
Money matters UK tax return plans abandoned It's not buried yet Well, it's not yet a U-turn but chances are there
will be a U-turn on this. For now, the plans have
not been abandoned but put on hold - otherwise
they would have had to rush it through be
Thomas Pfann Apr 26, 2017 technical support Where will your email be delivered if you reply to To the sender Just try it; you don't have to actually send the
email, but click reply and check the email address
in the To: field. It will go to
Thomas Pfann Apr 10, 2017
Money matters I’ll try ask the car mechanic or plumber “I only need 5 minutes work done” next time... Plumber analogies [quote]Fiona Grace Peterson wrote: Ah, the good
old "plumber versus translator" analogy. Didn't
this get boring already? (I guess not).
[/quote] Everyone loves a good "plumber versus
Thomas Pfann Mar 23, 2017
Money matters I’ll try ask the car mechanic or plumber “I only need 5 minutes work done” next time... Affects freelancers/self-employed in all industries [quote]DJHartmann wrote: I'm wanting to explore
the question, why is it okay to ask often highly
educated expert translation professionals to work
on a job for $10 (or less) but no one
Thomas Pfann Mar 22, 2017
Poll Discussion Poll: How do you deal with work-related stress? Walk/sleep to recover That's quite a long list of possible replies but I
think the most important option is missing: I
don't. I would expect that most people don't
deal/don't know how to deal with work-related<
Thomas Pfann Mar 16, 2017
Poll Discussion Poll: Do you have a business parallel to translation? Other No, I don't. Thomas Pfann Mar 14, 2017
Poll Discussion Poll: How would you like to be paid for review or proofreading jobs? No preference The only preference I have is to settle the total
cost in advance rather than afterwards. But it
terms of rate per words or per hour I have no
preference - ideally the result will be t
Thomas Pfann Feb 22, 2017
SDL Trados support Help reading a file analysis report Repetitions and fuzzy matches Hi Louis, The line 'repetitions' is the number
of words in repeated segments (ie. segments which
appear more than once in your file). These
translations do not come from the TM but are
Thomas Pfann Feb 2, 2017
In memoriam Helena Diaz del Real Remembered by so many [quote]Andreas Protar wrote: It was basically
her, more than anyone else, who introduced me to
the ProZ family.[/quote] This, I think, is the
sort of memory that a great many people
Thomas Pfann Jan 31, 2017
Business issues need a trusted tax advisor for a HMRC compliance check, please help! Help and support sessions from HMRC By the way: At the moment (every day until the end
of the month) HMRC are offering free online help
and support sessions (webinars) with expert staff
to answer your Self Assessment questio
Thomas Pfann Jan 17, 2017
Translation in the UK Contemplating becoming a member of ITI Tax relief for ITI fees/subscriptions [quote]Decipherit wrote: Translators and
interpreters in the UK may want to consider that
while the CIOL's member fees are tax-deductible,
the ITI does not appear to be an "Approved
Thomas Pfann Jan 15, 2017
Lighter side of trans/interp 800 - 900 words an hour? Up to you how many words per hour you translate I suppose every translator on this planet received
their email by now. And was invited to forward it
to their "network of your friends,
colleagues and/or students and
alumni". [quo
Thomas Pfann Jan 14, 2017 technical support My directory ranking is not reflecting my Kudoz points Others move up, too [quote]Isa Harrington wrote: ..before I got the
points, it said (for my specific specialities),
"your ranking is XXX, with 4 points more, it will
be YYYY". However, after getting said 4
Thomas Pfann Dec 21, 2016
Proofreading / Editing / Reviewing Conveying something in a translation that is already a target language word Depends on what you want to convey Depends on the context and what the purpose of the
translation in your source text is, I'd say. In
many cases you probably can simply omit it. In
other cases (eg. when the source text tran
Thomas Pfann Dec 19, 2016
Linguistics Pronunciation of English proper names A great resource, indeed [quote]Sheila Wilson wrote: I gave it what I
thought would be a non-starter [/quote] Another
great thing about forvo: If you really have a
non-starter, it won't stay a non-starter fo
Thomas Pfann Nov 21, 2016
Money matters Issues with an agency: disagreement on the amount of an invoice Inconsistent argument I don't have much to add in terms of specific
advice. It all seems to boil down to three points:
good communication, properly analyzing the project
before starting the work and confirming
Thomas Pfann Nov 18, 2016
SDL Trados support Way of knowing which segments are repetitions Export repetitions and translate them first During the file analysis you can export
'frequently occurring units' (FOUs). Those are
then placed into a separate xliff file and can be
translated first - of course, that means that they<
Thomas Pfann Nov 12, 2016
KudoZ Not-for-points questions: why are they allowed? AltruZ [quote]philgoddard wrote: I was prompted to ask
this by a fairly straightforward KudoZ question
that's been languishing ignored (deservedly, in my
opinion) for the past eight hours. Why
Thomas Pfann Oct 21, 2016 profile help I could not find my University in the credentials offered Enter name in 'Other' Don't use the dropdown list, just type it in (in
the field 'Other'). That way it will display
correctly and exactly the way you want it to.
Thomas Pfann Oct 19, 2016
Money matters Plummeting value of GBP since Brexit     Thomas Pfann Oct 14, 2016
Money matters Plummeting value of GBP since Brexit Good for UK-based translators [quote]Peter Ward wrote: One of my agencies in
Germany has just proudly announced on its web site
that it is going the "pass on" the drop in the
pound to its customer in the form of a 1
Thomas Pfann Oct 14, 2016
Poll Discussion Poll: Income tax: how much do you have to pay in your country of residence? UK: Less than 20% [quote]Armorel Young wrote: The question
doesn't really make sense to me - I earn enough to
pay the higher tax rate of 40%, but only on income
over £43,000. Below that in the UK we pay
Thomas Pfann Sep 14, 2016

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