Smart Ways #8: Constructed Languages, Translapreneurs, and more

In this issue of our weekly newsletter, we'll dive into Arrival's Heptapod, Game of Thrones's Dothraki, and other fascinating constructed languages of our days. We will also talk about some translation technology myths, going from freelancers to entrepreneurs, and more. Read on! Continue reading

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7 Good Reasons to Grow from Freelancer to Entrepreneur on SmartCAT

Being a freelance translator is great. You don't need to report to a boss, you can work from anywhere, and only you manage your own time. Sounds a lot like being an entrepreneur, doesn't it? The only difference is that your days/weeks off are "earnings off," too. So at some point you start asking yourself: "What if? What if I make the switch from freelancer to entrepreneur?" Continue reading

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Smart Ways #7: Giving Thanks

As you could guess, this week's digest is dedicated to Thanksgiving, which is celebrated in the US today. We'll make a linguistic journey into gratitude and turkeys — but also into the challenges faced by aboriginal languages and the measures aimed at improving their fate.  Continue reading

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7 Smart Ways to Get More Email Replies

Love it or hate it, but writing emails is an inevitable part of being a freelancer or running a translation agency. And the more email replies you get, the higher your changes to get an interesting job or a well-paying customer. In this guest post, David Miralles Pérez of Circa Lingua shares the ways to make your emails more compelling and engaging. Continue reading

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Why we don’t count seats: On Licenses, Monkeys, and Cognitive Biases

smartCAT CEO Ivan Smolnikov on why we don't sell "seats" (per-user licenses), and why we believe this is profoundly positive for the industry. Continue reading

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Meet smart❤, a language-based dating app

Expanding its ecosystem and following its #ConnectingPurple tagline, smartCAT.ai is introducing smart❤, an AI-powered dating app for translators. The app will make it easier for linguists all over the world to find their significant other based on their experience and skills. Continue reading

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6 ways good translation agencies can be better than direct clients

Direct translation clients seem to be the Holy Grail to many of my freelancer colleagues. Better rates, more direct communication, increased likeliness to be credited… There are many apparent advantages in working without a middleman. In reality, there are all sorts of direct clients, just like there are all sorts of agencies, and in some cases the latter may be your best option. Continue reading

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Why we don’t count seats: On Licenses, Monkeys, and Cognitive Biases

smartCAT CEO Ivan Smolnikov on why we don't sell "seats" (per-user licenses), and why we believe this is profoundly positive for the industry. Continue reading

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Why SEO translation?

Many companies underestimate the need for SEO translation and miss out on a whole lot of opportunities. In this post, we share some basic but helpful SEO tips from David García Ruiz, an IT/EN>ES translator specializing in marketing and SEO translation. Make sure to share it with your customers! Continue reading

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“If you feel you have what it takes, just go for it”: Interview with Magnette Coetzer

In our second Smartcatters interview, we talk to Magnette Coetzer, who came back to the translation profession after a long career in TV production. Her example shows that there is no such thing as "too late" for becoming a translator, and that existing specialist experience is not a dead weight, but something you can leverage in your work. Continue reading

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Why we don’t count seats: On Licenses, Monkeys, and Cognitive Biases

smartCAT CEO Ivan Smolnikov on why we don't sell "seats" (per-user licenses), and why we believe this is profoundly positive for the industry. Continue reading

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