That’s it, December is here, along with its inevitable frost. It’s also the festive period, which for a lot of us means Christmas! Like every year, Santa and his little elves are working around the clock to give us the best gifts. The world of translation is no exception, so if you don’t know what to ask for this year, we’ve put together a handy little guide for you.
A nice diary
Deadlines, rendez-vous, réunions, conférences… Les journées d’un traducteur sont bien remplies. Demandez un agenda pour noter les choses importantes de votre quotidien.
A Good Pen
There’s nothing better than a great pen to accompany that diary! Taking notes will never have been so pleasant.
Translation Matters by Jost Zetsche
This book about the world of translation in the modern digital age is a must have for your library. A well-read translator is a wise one!
The English-French Guide to Translation by René Meertens
The UK>FR translator’s bible. Essential for all of your texts, whether you’re a beginner or an expert.
An Ergonomic Desk Chair
A decent chair is the freelance translator’s ultimate weapon. It makes a great, useful present that will make those busy days much more comfortable. Especially if you opt for one with a massage function!
A Gym Membership
Translation is a fabulous occupation, but it does tend to keep one rather static. Extra hours, short lunches, reworks… Ask for a gym membership to take a step back from your translation work and get some air.
Do your friends or family often find you a bit intense when you’ve got your hands glued to your ears and you’re giving them the crazy eyes? No need to worry. A complicated translation needs a high level of concentration so why not ask for a pair of noise-cancelling headphones?
Is there anything you would add to the list?
Translated from french by Ian Treanor