John Gordon Ross

A Man for All Reasons

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If I were consistent enough to have a core business instead of dabbling in too many things, it would be translation – at least, it is my steadiest source of income. If you happen to be looking for a Spanish-English translator, I hope you don’t need a detailed CV as I haven’t updated it in a long while, but here is a kind of mini-profile:

Languages: Spanish to English. Accepted good practice is to translate only into your native tongue, so under normal circumstances, I only translate from Spanish to English. I occasionally translate into Spanish, but there needs to be a good reason. I have varying degrees of proficiency in other languages – French, Portuguese, even Latin – but don’t work with them.
Specialities: air traffic control; civil engineering tenders; radar systems; presence and access control, etc. The full list is very long, as I have been translating professionally since 1991, approximately. Inevitably, I have worked with most language areas, though the bulk of the work that comes my way is technical.
Availability/Output: I am usually available for translation work. I turn out around 3,500-4,500 words a day comfortably and can accept up to 2,000-2,500 words a day from a single client, more when a relationship of trust has been established.
Rates and Payment: normal Spanish rates, by which I mean rates in Spain, that being where I live and have to buy my groceries. I rarely haggle, but the better the rate you offer, the more likely I am to be available. Payment on delivery would be nice, but the truth is most people pay me at 45-60 days.
Contact: send queries to jgross52 AT, please.

And now, for your edification and amusement (if you are interested in language at least), the following are feeds from some of the sites I browse regularly to keep up to date or put myself in a translation frame of mind (this page is about the translation business – you’ll find more general, usually lighter articles about linguistics and language on the Language Stuff page). If you know a site related with translation or the translation business that would be in good company on this page, do drop me an e-mail or, better still, a comment.

It’s a gas!

Posted 20 hours ago

Try our methane treatment. Photo courtesy of Douglas Massey. Found in Yamagata, Japan. [Link]

Till up on wine while you wait…

Posted 44 hours ago

Triendly service, too! Photo courtesy of Dr. Materials. Found in China. [Link]

Thoughts On Translation

Babelcube: One translator’s experience

Posted 4 days ago

This is a guest post by Ligia Ribeiro. Ligia is Brazilian, lives in in São Paulo and is a freelance translator working from English and Spanish into Brazilian Portuguese. In this post, Ligia describes her experience working as a literary translator through Babelcube, a website that matches authors with translators, for royalties-only literary translation assignments. Note! This post is not … [Link]

Podcast: IT tips and tricks for translators

Posted 7 days ago

Eve Bodeux and I released a new episode of Speaking of Translation last week. With both of us having survived major IT disasters in the past couple of months, we thought that an IT-focused episode might be helpful to our listeners. Here it is for your listening pleasure!Speaking of Translation: IT tips and tricks. In this episode, Eve and Corinne … [Link]

Translation Journal Blog

Promote Yourself—in the Right Way

Posted 4 years ago

The first thing any business should do is to look for and attract clients. The translation business is no different, except that we're not selling nuts and bolts where most vendors offer basically the same merchandise, the only difference being price, service, and other intangibles like the vendor's reputation. Translation is different in that each job is custom-made for a … [Link]

How to Make More $$ without Really Trying

Posted 5 years ago

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