As translators, we have this thing with words. It basically means that we not only have to write and translate, but also read, more than we probably should. That is why, as Protranslate content team, we prepared a list of book recommendations for you. Enjoy!
Introduction to Our Book Recommendations
Yes, we are officially in the last month of our favorite season, summer! If you haven’t taken a break yet to reset, we highly suggest doing so. While everyone is on their annual leave and the workload is slightly lower than usual, as a freelance translator you should take advantage of this time. Have a couple of days off, go offline and enjoy your time. Trust us, when you’re back you will be more energetic and productive than ever before.
Whether you are staying in the city or going somewhere at the seaside during the break, leave your laptop, or any other electronic device behind. Find yourself a spot in the shade. Start treating yourself. While sipping your favorite cold beverage on a hot summer day, one of the best things you can do is to read the book that you’ve been wanting to read for a really long time. As an alternative, why not check out the list items in our book recommendations?
As Protranslate, we thought that the book list we’re about to create has to do something with translation. In this way, you will have the chance to learn something new about your favorite subject, which is probably translation, and make use of it when you’re back. Makes sense, right? Plus, since you will be still doing something related to your work this can be counted as multitasking, right?
Now let’s get started, shall we? Here are some of the book recommendations we listed out for you:
The Entrepreneurial Linguist: The Business-school Approach to Freelance Translation
The Jenner sisters (no, not the reality TV stars!) share their tips and tricks on how to succeed as a freelance translator. The topics range from how to make a good living while maintaining a healthy work/life balance to finding direct clients to work for. Whether you’re a rookie or an experienced freelancer, this is the book essential to every single linguist out there. This book is not only going to be your only summer read but a bedside staple. Let us know if you want an in-depth review or a summary of this precious gem.
Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages
As linguists, we know how enthusiastic you are about languages. And it is a fact that translators are one of the few people who get to clearly understand what Mr. Deutscher is trying to convey in this book. If you haven’t grabbed your copy yet, go ahead and start reading this fantastic book about how language shapes our world. We are 100% sure you’ll love it as much as we did!
Mox: Illustrated Guide to Freelance Translation
Looking for something fun to read? Are you one of the “adults” who still likes books with illustrations? A fan of comics? If your answer is “Yes”, this fascinating piece written by Alejandro Moreno-Ramos will make you happy as a kid. Dealing with urgent translation tasks and the not-so-friendly project manager every single day, Mox will remind you of a close friend. Get yourself a pen and a notepad and start writing things Mox points out for you. You will be amazed how simple yet helpful this mini exercise is going to be.