Translator Self-Training Portuguese

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Portuguese is a language spoken by close to 200,000,000 people around the world. The great majority of these people live in Brazil, while only some 10,000,000 live in Portugal itself. Most documents translated from Portuguese into English or vice versa originate in Brazil. Brazilian Portuguese differs from European Portuguese in several respects, including several sound changes and some differences in verb conjugation and syntax. Example: object pronouns occur before the verb in Brazilian Portuguese, but after ...
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Translator Self-Training--Portuguese: A Practical Course in Technical Translation

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Overview

Portuguese is a language spoken by close to 200,000,000 people around the world. The great majority of these people live in Brazil, while only some 10,000,000 live in Portugal itself. Most documents translated from Portuguese into English or vice versa originate in Brazil. Brazilian Portuguese differs from European Portuguese in several respects, including several sound changes and some differences in verb conjugation and syntax. Example: object pronouns occur before the verb in Brazilian Portuguese, but after the verb in European Portuguese. Brazilian Portuguese seems to be developing at a faster rate than its progenitor, and the gap between the two continues to grow. This impacts on the work of the translator, who has to be aware of the differences between the two.

The volume of Portuguese translation in the English-speaking world is not nearly as large as, say, German or Spanish. Nevertheless, Portuguese is one of the world's major languages, and the need for Portuguese translation is considerable. Certainly there is always a need for Portuguese freelancers, if only on a part-time basis, and there are indeed people who have successfully pursued full-time careers as Portuguese translators in places like England and the U.S. But clearly their numbers are not legion. As a general rule, if one happens to know Portuguese and has a flair for translation, it is certainly worthwhile to sharpen one's translation skills. If, on the other hand, one chooses to major in Portuguese in an American college or university with a view to making Portuguese translation a career, one should first examine the range of opportunities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781887563710
  • Publisher: Schreiber,Shengold Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/19/2002
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Pages: 148
  • Product dimensions: 7.82 (w) x 10.44 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Table of Contents

Section 1. General
a. Introduction 7
b. General Comments 9
c. Guidelines for Translating the Assignments 12
d. Guidelines for Self-Evaluation 14
Part 1 Portuguese Into English
Section 2. Assignments
a. Assignment 1 - General 19
b. Assignment 2 - Legal 21
c. Assignment 3 - Technical/Scientific 24
d. Assignment 4 - Business/Economics 27
Section 3. Translations of Assignments and Notes
a.
Assignment 1 - Translation 29
Assignment 1 - Notes 31
b.
Assignment 2 - Translation 32
Assignment 2 - Notes 35
c.
Assignment 3 - Translation 37
Assignment 3 - Notes 40
d.
Assignment 4 - Translation 41
Assignment 4 - Notes 43
Part 2 English Into Portuguese
Section 2. Assignments
a. Assignment 1 - General 47
b. Assignment 2 - Legal 49
c. Assignment 3 - Chemical 53
d. Assignment 4 - Business 55
Section 3. Translations of Assignments and Notes
a.
Assignment 1 - Translation 57
Assignment 1 - Notes 59
b.
Assignment 2 - Translation 60
Assignment 2 - Notes 64
c.
Assignment 3 - Translation 66
Assignment 3 - Notes 68
d.
Assignment 4 - Translation 69
Assignment 4 - Notes 71
Section 4. Where Do We Go From Here? 72
Appendix A Requisites for Professional Translators 75
Appendix B Translation Techniques 79
Appendix C Translator's Self-Evaluation 83
Appendix D Portuguese Technical Dictionaries 87
Appendix E Sources of Translation Work 89
Appendix F Computers, Translation, and the Internet 137
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