BIKE INSIDE TRADOS DELIVERY PROJECT
SDL Delivery Package
Lessons Learned Video
Follow along with our experiences of the creation of a Trados delivery project for localizing a short text from the website "Bike Inside" divided into 4 languages. The translation process simulates the experience of translating in a small, in-house translation team or in a small group of associated freelancers.
BIKE INSIDE TRADOS DELIVERY PROJECT
A simulation of an in-house translation workflow
WHAT IS TRANSLATION TECHNOLOGY
Translation Technology refers to technologies that are important in management, engineering, and linguistic roles in translation and localization, including various tools that aid the process of translation and editing workflows.
As a Translation and Localization Management graduate student in the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, the Translation and Technology course thought by Prof. Adam Wooten helped me to understand better the significance of CAT tools to create translation memories, termbases, and manage terminology, to reuse previous translations to perform quality assurance within the tool beyond the regular processes of translating and editing.
More, the course included some interesting lessons about different types of machine translations and post-editing from the perspective of a translator.
As part of the course work, within the Bike Inside Trados delivery project, I grouped together with 3 other translators to simulate the workflow of a translation project from beginning to end using SDL Trados.
If you are interested in the subject of AI and MT, read my blog post here:
STATEMENT OF WORK
A Statement of Work (SOW) is a document within a contract that describes the work requirements for a specific project along with its performance and design expectations.
When setting up a translation project and communicating with a potential client, it is essential to provide a short, clearly written statement about the project details that contains the expectation and requirements of the project to avoid misunderstandings. The statement of works includes the name and the description of the project, the timeline with appropriate due dates, cost, and resources (people, time, tools). Additionally, the SOW includes the outline of the phases of the translation project starting with the setup or preparation phase which demonstrates to the client that everything is ready for translation. In our case, the emphasis was to show how Trados will be used to execute the job and how it will help with the initial setup to simplify the technical and linguistic aspects of the entire project. The setup phase will be followed by the production phase which includes additional details and steps if necessary. The final phase is finalization to ensure that the translation meets all the requirements set up previously.
Finally, the SOW lists all the deliverable files and documents that were agreed upon with the client.
Because we found some errors in the source text, we suggested some edits to the client and agreed that we will include both the original and the suggested source file in the deliverables.
Ideally, the presentation of an SOW involves meeting with the client in person or - given our limitations these days with personal encounters -, an online meeting where both parties can raise questions and come to a final agreement.
After the agreement, the translation process can begin.
TRADOS DELIVERY PACKAGE
Our Trados delivery package included the following files and documents:
Source document (original)
Source document (with proposed and accepted edits implemented into our CAT tool set up)
Style Guide for Quality Assurance
German: Pseudo translation (Word); Target text (translation , PDF); Translation Memory; Term Base (glossary)
Hungarian: Pseudo translation (Word); Target text (translation , PDF); Translation Memory; Term Base (glossary)
Italian: Pseudo translation (Word); Target text (translation , PDF); Translation Memory; Term Base (glossary)
Portuguese: Pseudo translation (Word); Target text (translation , PDF); Translation Memory; Term Base (glossary)
LESSONS LEARNED VIDEO
Finally, we compared our notes on the whole process and recorded a short video about Lessons Learned.
The Lessons Learned video, which intended to be interesting and engaging, points out the successes and challenges overcome in this Bike Inside Trados Delivery project. From preparation through execution and finalizing, we all know that small glitches can scroll into our agenda. The challenge is to be aware of these small glitches and bugs and correct them as early as possible, thus making it possible to be smarter and a little more experienced next time.
The challenges occurring around us nowadays present such a radical shift in translation tools available that we constantly need to reinvent ourselves in order to be able to keep up with ever-changing requirements and expectations. The only way to overcome these challenges is to constantly practice and never stop learning.
BIKE INSIDE SAMPLE PROJECT FILES
Available for Download
BIKE INSIDE SOW
A translation project proposal that contains the description, specifications, goals, timeline, costs, and resources, as well as the preparation, production, and finalization phases for the client.
TRADOS PROJECT DELIVERY PACKAGE
The delivery package includes the following:
Target text in PDF (Hungarian, Italian, German, Portuguese)
Translation Memory - TM (Hungarian, Italian, German, Portuguese)
Term Base (one single TB for all the four languages+English)
Tech Prep files - pseudo translation (Hungarian, Italian, German, Portuguese)
BIKE INSIDE TRADOS DELIVERY
Lessons Learned Video
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