Translation Confidential

Episode 2 - Machine Translation

An episode of Translation Confidential

By Peter Argondizzo
Join host Peter Argondizzo and expert guests from around the translation industry to get an inside look at how language translation can benefit your business while bridging the communication gap in today's globalized world.
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Join host Peter Argondizzo and expert guests from around the translation industry to get an inside look at how language translation can benefit your business while bridging the communication gap in today's globalized world.

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Episode 22 - Minimum Fees
Peter and Patrick discuss why LSPs often have minimum fees for projects, how project managers factor into the fee structure, understanding levels of service for different translation methods, and the time and effort that goes into developing an accurate project quote.
December 4, 2019
Episode 21 - Connecting Universities to Translation Agencies
Peter and Patrick are joined by the team from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Center for Translation Studies. They discuss potential coursework in the CTS program, the benefits of pursuing an MA or certificate in translation, and the importance of universities partnering with potential employers for their graduates.
November 26, 2019
Episode 20 - 25 Years of Translation
Peter and Patrick are joined by Argo Translation Co-founder, Jackie Lucarelli, to discuss Argo being in business for 25 years, how they got their start in the industry and how the field of translation has changed over time.
November 19, 2019
Episode 19 - Mergers and Acquisitions in the Translation Industry
Peter and Patrick discuss the intricacies of acquiring companies or being acquired in the translation industry including culture fit, financial due diligence, different approaches to the process, revenue v. profit, and more.
November 5, 2019
Episode 18 - Tools of the Trade
Peter and Patrick discuss common software tools used in the translation process, the benefits of each and ways to find more information on how use them effectively.
October 29, 2019
Episode 17 - Student to Professional: Getting a Job in the Translation Industry
Peter and Patrick are joined by Bailey Mitchell to discuss the process of entering the translation field as a student, types of potential positions, do's and dont's in applying for jobs, what to expect as a new project manager, and important skills you should hone.
October 8, 2019
Episode 16 - Translating Video Content
Peter and Patrick are joined by the team at Flikli to discuss the process of translating and subtitling video content and its importance in garnering the attention of global audiences. They go over the use of subtitling and narration, recommendations of when to use each type, what translating video does for exposure, the proper way to set up a translation workflow, what to expect from project timelines, and useful case studies. Visit to plan your next video project!
September 23, 2019
Episode 15 - How to Become a Freelance Translator
Peter and Patrick discuss starting a career as a freelance translator, best practices for finding a job, how to gain experience, becoming familiar with industry specific tools, finding a specialization, and establishing long-term work relationships.
September 9, 2019
Episode 14 - Corporate Buying Programs
Peter and Patrick are joined by Morgan Reyes, Project Manager at Argo Translation to discuss what corporate translation buying programs are, the benefits for large organizations, potential drawbacks of this streamlined process, and the basics of setting up such a program.
September 3, 2019
Episode 13 - Utilizing MadCap Flare
Peter and Patrick are joined by Kimberly Miller, Production Manager at Argo Translation, to discuss the ins and outs of MadCap Flare, one of the premier technical authoring and publishing platforms available. They delve into the basics of what Flare is, how it works, primary benefits, translating content with MadCap Lingo, handling content updates, and optimizing Flare projects for translation.
August 23, 2019
Episode 12 - Yes, We Need Your Source Files
Peter and Patrick discuss what actually constitutes a "source file" and why translation service providers absolutely need them to complete a project successfully. They also go over what can be done with PDF files, what website crawlers do (or don't do) for the translation process, sending text in an email, older/less effective publishing programs, why you can get different quotes when you don't provide a source file and trying to hit a translation "home run" with the wrong equipment.
August 14, 2019
Episode 11 - The Translation Pyramid
Peter and Patrick discuss the three main factors that make up every translation project (price, turnaround time and quality) and how changing one inevitably alters the other two while ideal balances for different types of projects are provided.
July 26, 2019
Episode 10 - All About RFPs
Peter and Patrick discuss the finer points of what goes into Requests for Proposals for translation projects, what elements should be included and common mistakes companies should avoid when looking for the right language services provider. 
July 12, 2019
Episode 9 - Google Translate and the Pitfalls of Machine Translation
Peter and guest Patrick Daley discuss Google Translate for websites going away for good, the limitations of machine translation currently and solutions you can potentially use in place of pure machine translation.
June 25, 2019
Episode 8 - Vacation, Borrowing and Language Norms
 Peter and Patrick go over Patrick's recent trip across Europe and discuss language norms outside of the U.S.
September 20, 2018
Episode 7 - Does Size Coincide with Better Service?
Peter and Patrick discuss why potential customers choose larger language service provider firms and whether or not that corresponds to a difference in product quality.
September 20, 2018
Episode 6 - Web Development
Peter and Patrick go over the history of translating for the web, effective ways to get your web content translated and ways to make the translation process easier.
May 17, 2018
Episode 5 - Translation in Education
Peter and Patrick discuss translation services used by educational institutions, legal requirements and ways to help bridge the gap between school districts and limited English proficiency families.
February 22, 2018
Episode 4 - Translation in Manufacturing
Episode 4 - Translation in Manufacturing by Translation Confidential
February 5, 2018
Episode 3 - Reviewing Client Review
Peter and Patrick discuss the common practice of clients reviewing translations internally and how it alters the translation process for the LSP (for better or worse).
December 21, 2017
Episode 2 - Machine Translation
Peter and Patrick give a crash course in the basics of machine translation and how it's currently being used in the translation industry.
December 14, 2017
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Episode 1 - Translation Memory by Translation Confidential
November 20, 2017
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