Japanese Technical Translation: Freelancing as a Career

If you’re interested in working in translation, be sure to see this presentation on Tuesday by Benjamin Barrett, a LING department alumnus.

Japanese Technical Translation: Freelancing as a Career

Tuesday, February 11, 2011

3:30-5:00 pm, Denny Hall 216

Benjamin Barrett, Owner, Orange Text, Inc.

Learn about technical translation as a career. Mr. Barrett will help us understand what technical translation is and how it differs from interpretation and from non-technical translation. Aspects of this introductory discussion include: qualifications for entering the field, where to find work, translation issues, state of the industry, pay ranges, types of work, professional organizations, starting out, and what to expect from clients. He will also discuss machine translation and its potential impact on the future of the industry.

Born and raised in the Puget Sound area, Barrett holds a master’s degree from UW in linguistics (2006). He taught English in Japan from 1988 to 1994 and has been a freelance translator nearly 15 years. Barrett is co-editor of the Advanced Favor- ite Japanese-English Dictionary, and assisted with the New Japanese-English Dic- tionary. Additional recent endeavors include opening a cake shop in 2002, and cur- rently working on an historical novel set in the Three Kingdoms Period of China.

Sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program and the Department for Asian Languages and Literature

For more information: (206) 685-9997 or japan@uw.edu.

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