Translation and Interpreting Resources
Below you will find the sections Glossaries and Terminology, Style Guides, Podcasts, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Webinars, and YouTube channels. Each section contains useful reference material for language professionals like translators and interpreters, for members of the technical communications community like technical writers and editors, and for people who are interested in languages and writing. Many of these translation and interpreting resources are excellent opportunities for continued professional development (CPD).
Glossaries and Terminology
- Terminology Coordination
European Parliament From their website: "The TermCoord team’s main role is to assist translators with their day-to-day tasks and facilitate terminology research and terminology management in the translation units, as well to increase the EP’s contribution to the EU terminology database IATE."
This is a fantastic website to search for glossaries, EU related and general terminology and educational institutions. Some highlights are the translation related ebooks, Traineeships in the European Institutions, and the Terminology at Universities all over Europe page.
- In my own terms Patricia Brenes shares her collection of links related to terminology. A great place to stay on top about what happens in the terminology area.
- Microsoft Language Portal A must for everyone who translates documentation, help and user interface files of software that is available on Windows.
On this portal you can search terminology, download style guides, look up translated error messages and more. It also gives access to a toolbox that provides links to the Microsoft Terminology Glossary and many more services.
- VMware Technical Publications Glossary [PDF] From their website: "The VMware Technical Publications Glossary defines terms as used in VMware technical documentation.
- Useful links Much better than to reinvent the wheel, is to provide a link to Nikki Graham´s very extensive list of monolingual and multilingual resources. Glossaries and dictionaries are also sorted by subject matter. Do the click you won´t regret.
- IBM Glossary of computing terms From their website: "This site contains terms and definitions from many IBM software and hardware products as well as general computing terms. Some pages might not be available on a mobile phone.
- Sun Global Glossary by Oracle: From their website: "The Sun Global Glossary contains the comprehensive, definitive U.S. English repository for terms used in all publications and products at Sun, and is a dynamic document to which new terms can be added when those terms have been approved.
The Sun Global Glossary is intended for the following audiences: user interface designers, technical communicators, localization specialists and globalization engineers, and marketing.
- Glossaries and Dictionaries from Linguagreca’s website: An excellent collection of glossaries and dictionaries by subject like General, IT, Life Sciences etc.
- ISO Online Browsing Access the most up to date content in ISO standards, graphical symbols, codes or terms and definitions. Preview content before you buy, search within documents and easily navigate between standards.
- 3000+ Translation Glossaries curated by Inbox Translation. Another treasure in this short list, this collection provides access to over 3000 hand-picked glossaries that are split into 120 categories.
- TIPPS Terminology Information Policy, Portal and Service Your hub to find information on terminology standards, terminology work etc. It provides links to terminological databases, education & training and literature.
- RaDT - Rat für Deutsche Terminologie RaDT is an iniitiative of Germany´s, Austria´s and Switzerland´s UNESCO commissions.
- TERMNET - The International Network for Terminology From their website: TermNet, the International Network for Terminology, provides an international co-operation forum for organisations, who want to benefit from the knowledge and expertise of a global network. TermNet was founded on the initiative of UNESCO, with the aim to establish a network for co-operation in the field of terminology. In 1988, TermNet was registered as a non-profit organization being allowed commercial activities for the benefit of its members.
- DIN-Term online From their website: DIN-TERM online, for which registration is not necessary, shows all terms that are defined in current DIN Standards and Specifications and for which other language versions are available in DIN-TERM (at present around 210,000).
- DKE-IEV Online search tool. This is the German version of the International Electrotechnical Vocabulary (IEV). It is limited to German, French and English. It contains almost 20,000 entries.
- Electropedia: The World´s Online Electrotechnical Vocabulary From their website: Electropedia (also known as the "IEV Online") is the world's most comprehensive online electrical and electronic terminology database containing more than 20 000 terms and definitions in English and French organized by subject area, with equivalent terms in various other languages: Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Finnish, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian (Bokmål and Nynorsk), Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish and Swedish (coverage varies by subject area). Electropedia is produced by the IEC, the world’s leading organization that prepares and publishes International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies – collectively known as “electrotechnology”. Electropedia contains all the terms and definitions in the International Electrotechnical Vocabulary or IEV.
- Glossaries from EU institutions and bodies New search box allows you to search directly in the glossaries. Provided by the Terminology Coordination Unit of the European Parliament.
- Official Journal of the European Union ("© European Union, http://eur-lex.europa.eu/, 1998-2016"): EUR-Lex is available in 24 languages. To link to a page in a specific language version, you can define this language by changing, in the link, the code after locale=. You can find the language code and other very useful information on this website: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/content/help/faq/intro.html?locale=en.
From the website: The database is updated daily with some texts dating back to 1951. Each document is displayed with analytical metadata (publication reference, dates, keywords, etc.) organised behind different tabs. Text is the default tab that opens. Document information contains the information about the document (metadata). Depending on the type of document accessed, other tabs might be available (for example Procedure, National transposition, Summary of legislation etc).
- TerminOrgs "Terminology for Large Organizations is a consortium of terminologists who promote terminology management as an essential part of corporate identity, content development, content management, and global communications in large organizations."
- WordLo´s free online terminology tools This is a link to Maria Pia Montoro´s (aka @WordLo) extensive list of terminology tools that are available for free online. It includes look-up tools, visual dictionaries, glossary search tools, meta search engines, terminology databases and many more goodies.Go and check them out, you won´t regret it.
- Fantastic language resources (English) Another great collection of tools and resources for translators, interpreters, terminologists, and anyone interested in languages. This one is curated by @Else_Gellinek.The collection includes books, webinars, podcasts and many more useful resources.
- Fantastic language resources (German) As good as the English collection, but with tools and resources in German. It lists online groups, websites and blogs, and other goodies.
- Terminology Databases A very extensive list of useful terminology databases maintained by universities, institutions and companies. Provided by the Terminology Coordination Unit of the European Parliament.
- Fritz Communication (German only) A gem where you find everything you ever wanted to know about terminology and translating. On this website you will find lists of terminology databases, extraction tools for terminology, language and term checkers, tranlation tools, terminology related organisations, standards, and more.
- LingTech Frédéric Condette lists some IT resources for French, English and German on his blog. You will find Le jargon français, Computer Desktop Encyclopedia, Encyclopedia.com – A Dictionary of Computing, IT Wissen, and some other useful resources.
- Multimedia and internet guide for international textile trade A project that has been funded with support from the European Commission. This guide covers 16 languages, contains more than 2000 terms, shows hundreds of pictures and provides 5 e-learning modules.
- NEW 100 Best Online Dictionaries: Stock up on New Words Today! A comprehensive collection of online dictionaries compiled by Jack Milgram. You will find dictionaries, glossaries, definitions etc.
- Do you have other glossaries or terminology resources to share? Please click here to send me the links.
- The Chicago Manual of Style Online From their website: "Completely searchable and easy to use, The Chicago Manual of Style Online provides recommendations on editorial style and publishing practices for the digital age."
- Web Field Manual A fastastic resource, curated by Jon Yablonski, that covers every angle of webdesign, from Staying Current, finding Inspiration over Style Guides and many more to Accessibility. Highly recommended.
- National Geographic Style Manual This style manual is alphabetically arranged.
- Wikipedia: Manual of Style It should be used when writing Wikipedia articles. This page also provides access to manuals for languages other than English.
- European Commission This page provides translation and drafting resources, including style guides, for 24 European languages.
- Apple Style Guide [PDF] From the guide: "The Apple Style Guide provides editorial guidelines for text in Apple instructional materials, technical documentation, reference information, training programs, and the software user interface."
- Microsoft Style Guides From the website: "Microsoft Style Guides are collections of rules that define language and style conventions for specific languages. These rules usually include general localization guidelines, information on language style and usage in technical publications, and information on market-specific data formats."
- Do you have other style guides to share? Please click here to send me the links.
- Marketing tips for translators by @Tesstranslates: From her website: "Welcome to the Marketing Tips for Translators podcast, the podcast where freelance translators (and interpreters) find tips from fellow translators and other experts on how to grow and thrive in their freelance business."
- The ATA podcast News from the American Translators Association.
- 100 podcasts that will make you smarter, better, and wiser: A list of podcasts listed by Inc.com.
- All Indie Writers From the website: "The bi-weekly All Indie Writers Podcast is where I try to answer your questions about making a real living as a freelance writer, professional blogger, or indie author. Whether you're looking to move from hobbyist to professional writer / publisher or you want to grow or improve upon your existing professional writing business, my goal is to help you make that happen."
- 6 excellent podcasts for copywriters and marketers picked by articulate.
- AppleInsider From iTunes: "AppleInsider launched in 1997 and quickly grew to become one of the Internet's premier sources of information for all things Apple. Each day you'll find the most in-depth coverage and analysis of the latest Apple rumors and insider news surrounding the company, its partners and adversaries."
- The Talk Show A podcast hosted by John Gruber, with guests that are mainly programmers, designers, analysts and journalists.
- maccast For Mac geeks, from Mac geeks.
- Webdesign-Podcast Aus iTunes: "Der Webdesign-Podcast.de ist ein Blog und Video-Podcast (Screencast) von Pascal Bajorat und Sascha Rudolph. Gemeinsam möchten wir euch in den Screencasts Tutorials zu den verschiedensten Themen im Web- und Grafikbereich zeigen. Neben den Tutorials und Anleitung erhaltet ihr auch immer wieder Neuigkeiten aus dem Bereich der Technik und Software."
- Freak Show Aus iTunes: "Die muntere Talk Show um Leben mit Technik, das Netz und Technikkultur. Bisweilen Apple-lastig aber selten einseitig. Wir leben und lieben Technologie und reden darüber."
- c´t uplink Aus iTunes: "Mitglieder der c't-Redaktion diskutieren über Themen aus dem Heft und was sonst noch so in der IT-Welt passiert."
- Inc. 35 Outstanding Podcast Picks From Entrepreneurs Like You - collected by @MarlaTabaka.
- Podcasts for small business people A list of podcasts compiled by Workopolis that includes Mixergy by Andrew Warner, Entrepreneur on Fire by John Lee Dumas, Home Work, The Tim Ferris Show, Boiling Point Podcast by Greg Hemmings and Dave Veale, and Six Pixels of Separation by Mitch Joel.
- 57 Podcasts recommended by the Buffer team and audience From entrepreneurship to marketing, from marketing to economics and statistics, from internet culture to design, development and tech, and many more topics.
- 22 Podcasts for Translators A great list compiled by Henter & Asociados giving access to a wide range of interesting topics from Translation & Linguistics to Business & Marketing.
- The Culture Mastery By Christian Höferle aka @Hoeferle. From the website: This is the show dedicated to all of you who are passionate about cultures and how culture influences everything we do: The way we talk, the way we listen, the way we act or react, the way we feel and the way we see the world. The podcasta are also available here.
- 15 Language Learning Podcasts Maureen Stimola and Britt Hayward have compiled a superb list of podcasts that will help you learn a new language. In Some of these general podcasts you also learn about culture and linguistics.
- Globally Speaking Radio From the website: "Globally Speaking is a podcast for anyone interested in translation, localization, internationalization and globalization issues." Hosted by business veterans @renatobeninatto and Michael Stevens.
- Lexicon Valley From its iTunes description page: "Lexicon Valley is a podcast about language, from pet peeves, syntax, and etymology to neurolinguistics and the death of languages. Hosted by linguist John McWhorter."
- The Worldly Marketer Podcast From its website: "Every week, Kathrin Bussmann (@KathrinBussmann) talks to a different expert in the field of global marketing to learn more about the challenges and the rewards of reaching out to a multi-regional, multilingual and multi-cultural audience."
- Small Adventures in Language with Helen Zaltzman (@helenzaltzman): About every two weeks, Helen presents a podcast that covers a language related topic.
- Marketing Mentor Podcast From the website: "Ilise Benun (@ilisebenun) interviews her clients and other successful creative professionals about what’s working when it comes to the latest marketing tools and pricing strategies."
- Write the Docs Podcast From the website: "WTD Podcasts contains both podcasts recorded by members of the Write the Docs community and meetup recordings from any WTD meetup that wants to contribute. Both podcasts and recordings focus on topics related to software documentation and technical writing."
- Leading in English From the website: "Challenges Of International Professionals - The co-authors of Leading In English address the challenges that professionals face at the crossroads of business, language and culture."
- Rethink From the website: "We chat with interesting professionals who are rethinking how they approach business strategy and innovation, modern marketing, sales, and more. Listen to get insightful, actionable tips."
- Podcasts for founders and startups In this German article, Daniel Hüfner (@hexitus) from @t3n introduces four German and five English podcasts for founders and startups. Topics include marketing, technology, entrepreneurship, strategies and many more.
- NEW The World in Words This podcast series is also available on iTunes.From their website: "The World in Words podcast is about language — everything from bilingual education to the globalization of English to Icelandic insults. Hosted by The World's Patrick Cox."
- NEW The LangFM podcast From the website: "LangFM tells the stories of interesting people from the world of language: interpreters, translators, dialect coaches and many more."
- NEW Troublesome Terps From the website: "Troublesome Terps is a roundtable-style podcast covering topics from the world of languages and interpreting. With Jonathan Downie, Alexander Gansmeier, Alexander Drechsel and the occasional guest."
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Massive Open Online Courses
- Open Culture This website lets you discover Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) from great universities. Most offer “certificates” or “statements of completion,” though typically not university credit.
- Edukatico From the website: "Edukatico is an e-learning directory currently available in German. However, thousands of e-learning courses presented on our website are offered in English.
- Homuork This Spanish company, based in Barcelona, offers MOOCs for your company's social and digital transformation.
- BDPA The BDPA Detroit Chapter prepared a list with the Top 10 Sites for Free Education With Elite Universities.
- mooc.HOUSE From the Website: "mooc.house is the innovative platform of the German Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI), Potsdam, where companies and institutions can offer MOOCs under their own branding."
- Esri From the Website: "Online courses on how to apply geography for a better world. The MOOCs described here are offered by Esri, as well as leading university partners that use Esri’s ArcGIS platform."
- Coursera From the Website: "Coursera provides universal access to the world’s best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses online."
- edX From the Website: "Founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, edX is an online learning destination and MOOC provider, offering high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere."
- NEW Christine Schmit (aka @Iwwersetzerin) lists a very extensive collection of Law MOOCs in French, English, and Spanish on her website.
- Do you have other MOOCs to share? Please click here to send me the links.
- SDL This company has several webpages that list webinars: Upcoming webinars and Past webinars on its SDL website as well as Upcoming webinars and Recorded webinars on its TranslationZone website.
- Kilgray This language tool developer has also a dedicated website for its webinars where you can learn about the tool´s features and other important areas like terminology and regular expressions (regex).
- Across Another language tool developer that offers webinars about its products and industry related topics.
- Memsource Like the other CAT tool developers, Memsource provides information about its offerings via webinars as well.
- MadCap Lingo This tool was developed specifically for the translation of Flare files, but it also supports common file types like HTML, XML, IDML and more.
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- CATguruEN aka Dominique Pivard The content of this channel is not tool-specific, but provides tips and tricks for the major CAT tools. Mr. Pivard bescribes it as: "A vlog on translation technology and other aspects of the translation industry."
- WordFast TM Its channel description: "This channel provides useful videos for each of our products. The videos are grouped together for each product under the featured playlists. To suggest topic for a video, visit our facebook page."
- CafeTran All training videos for CateTran 2016 available via this channel."
- STAR Group In this channel, you can find webinars about the company´s products GRIPS, Transit and TermStar.
- Lilt This young company has also some videos to show.
- Cloudwords From their website: "Cloudwords software speeds time to market for global campaigns and localized content. By connecting marketing systems and automating project workflow, Cloudwords eliminates time-consuming tasks and delivers unprecedented visibility into the localization process."
- NEW IMUG The International Multilingual User Group (@i18n_mug) lists links to videos of past events about localization, languages, internationalization, translation and more on its website.
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