French Translation: Additional French Resources

I’ve talked in a previous post about my favourite online and paper French dictionaries, but this week I thought I’d add to that with a few more French resources that didn’t make the list last time, but are still useful for French translation.

#ThatTranslatorCanCook Week Nine: German Christmas Biscuits

Happy New Year! I know this is a little late, although we still are in the festive period (just!), but for this week, I decided to give myself an extra challenge and pick a German recipe: German Christmas Biscuits or Lebkuchen!

#ThatTranslatorCanCook Week Five: Moroccan Zaalouk

This week, I decided to try out zaalouk from an Arabic recipe. My husband and I are trying to eat more vegetarian dishes for health and environmental reasons and the femme de ménage in the volunteer flat where I stayed when I volunteered with Moroccan Children’s Trust in 2016 made a delicious zaalouk for us […]

Vocab Vendredi: French University Courses

Hi all! I’m sorry for the radio silence recently – I got married in August, then went on honeymoon and work has been nonstop ever since! I’ve just got a quicky for you this week, from a translation I recently completed. Here are (some) of the abbreviations and French university course names:

Vocab Vendredi: Music

Bonjour tout le monde! I am very sorry for the lack of blog posts recently – if you follow me on instagram, then you’ll know that I have been on a cruise to Canada for the last two weeks. Nonetheless, in between visiting exciting cities and teaching French to the passengers, I have been keeping […]

Vocab Vendredi: French Furniture Vocabulary

I’ve been recently translating quite a few marketing documents for furnishings companies from French to English and found some of the vocabulary difficult…this is because sometimes words mean something different in this context (e.g. confectionner has nothing to do with sweets and actually means ‘to tailor’) and because sometimes there are very specific terms in both French and […]

Dictionaries! Part One: The Best Arabic Dictionary

This is a two part series. For French dictionaries, you’ll have to wait until Friday 12th April 2019 at 9am! As I’m sure fellow translators can attest to, when you’re working on a translation, dictionaries become your best friends (and sometimes only friends – the lonely life of a freelance translator!) But with so many […]

Spotlight on Arabic: Dialect vs Modern Standard Arabic

So I just wanted to take a quick moment this week to talk about a translation issue that has been puzzling me for over a week and for which the penny finally dropped yesterday, leaving me feeling pretty foolish! It seemed like an insurmountable problem, but when I worked it out, I realised it was […]