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I want formal training in my craft: Translation program WITH specialization?
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Thanks to everyone for their advice Dec 9, 2015

I realize this is not a black and white issue, but I have tried to gather some insight from all of your responses.

I am summarizing what, in my opinion, I have interpreted to be the main points:

-Having translation training is important, whether through the proz mentor-mentee program, or through formal education courses.

-Having a specialization field is also important, and though possible to acquire through self-study, this route may take longer so having
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I realize this is not a black and white issue, but I have tried to gather some insight from all of your responses.

I am summarizing what, in my opinion, I have interpreted to be the main points:

-Having translation training is important, whether through the proz mentor-mentee program, or through formal education courses.

-Having a specialization field is also important, and though possible to acquire through self-study, this route may take longer so having some formal training could be beneficial.

As one of the posters put it:

"Any training of any sort, providing it works for you, will help give you confidence and will help you provide better translations faster[...]"


Thank you all for your responses.


And this article was indeed a great read!

An MA in Translation Studies: To have or not to have?

By Christa Parrish | Published 10/31/2013 | Translator Education | Recommendation:
Contact the author
Quicklink: http://www.proz.com/doc/3931

[Edited at 2015-12-09 17:27 GMT]
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Elizabeth Tamblin  Identity Verified
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. Dec 9, 2015

Richard Foulkes wrote:

Elizabeth Tamblin wrote:

I don't agree that an MA in translation amounts to just a booklist and a handful of lectures. The one I did was a hell of a lot more than that.


I'm not going to sidetrack the OP's thread by getting into the wider debates here.

Perhaps you could help the OP and others facing a similar decision by listing some of the specific, indispensable things you learned on your MA and how you regularly use them in your translation work?


I have already given brief information about the course I did at Bristol. If anybody is really interested, send me a pm and I will give you more details. Alternatively, the Bristol University website gives much more information about the course.


 

Maxi Schwarz  Identity Verified
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In regards to MA's Dec 9, 2015

I saw a few posts discussing whether or not to get an MA in translation. I believe this reflects the system in the US where you get a Bachelors degree in something else, and translation is then studied as a Masters. The OP is writing from Canada. Here it is a 4 year program that you enter upon graduating from high school. So considerations of MA's are not in the picture one way or the other.

 

Eugenia Sánchez  Identity Verified
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Just a bit of extra information Dec 10, 2015

I think you are looking for something like that

However, the programs offered there are intended only for translators with at least one degree in translation (four-year training minimum required) and there isn't any online in Argentina as far as I know.

Just a bit of extra information that could give you some ideas to guide your search!


Best luck!


Eugenia


 
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