Technical translation: Finding the right terminology.

Formats: Webinar presentations
Topics: Technical & scientific documents translation
Terminology management
Translation project skills

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Start time:Aug 5, 2014 15:00 GMT     Add to calendar

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Summary:Getting into the context of a technical translation is the key to success. The course will help you to achieve this with techniques for internet searching and terminology selection. The do's and don'ts of technical translation will also be covered.
In this course I shall first of all talk about the lingusitic resources that you will need as a technical translator and how to search for additional resources on the internet. I shall then give examples as to how to get into the context of your subject matter, a step that is vital to your success. I shall talk about pitfalls and how to avoid them. The course will use material taken from the areas of mechanical engineering, aeronautics, transport, with a little bit of chemistry and physics. I shall cover patent translation briefly but more as a pointer to further study in what is a very specialized field. Areas that will not be specifically covered are medical and informatics. Finally I shall give a list of Do's and Don'ts when dealing with agencies as a technical translator.
Target audience
Experienced freelancers who want to expand their clients database.
Technically experienced freelancers starting in the translation industry.
Learning objectives
In technical translation, it is very easy to make mistakes by choosing the wrong word, or by assuming you know the translation for a given term which might in fact means something quite different within the context of the material.
Working with agencies can also be a problem. This course will help you to get into the context of the subject matter and explain how to avoid pitfalls and embarassing mistakes.
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Bio: James Brian Mitchell has published over 120 scientific papers and is the co-author of a textbook on Experimental Physics. He is also the holder of patents in the automotive and oil industries. As a Professor of Physics in Canada and France, he has given over 80 invited scientific presentations at conferences and Universities in North America, Europe and the Middle East. He translates patent reports, patents, technical manuals, technical specifications and scientific theses and journal articles.
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Technical translation: Finding the right terminology.

Marina Monica Steinbach
United States
Local time: 19:07
Member (2011)
English to German
I do not see any slides. I can only hear the course.Aug 5, 2014

I was able to see the slides 10 minutes later. Thank you.

[Edited at 2014-08-05 16:05 GMT]


Local time: 01:07
German to English
Technical translation: Finding the right terminologyAug 8, 2014

Will this course be re-run next year? How much does it cost?

Technical translation: Finding the right terminologyAug 12, 2014

KathrynW wrote:

Will this course be re-run next year? How much does it cost?

Hello KathrynW,

We are not planning another session in the near future but you may be interested in purchasing unlimited access to the webinar video and presentation at: Also, more session on this topic can be found at

Hope this helps.

My bests,


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