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Freelance translators, lost in fashion?

Mox is a young but well educated translator. Two PHDs, six languages… and he hardly earns the minimum wage. Find out more about Mox’s adventures on his blog.

Comic strip depicting Mox in front of his closet: 'Who said that at-home freelancers don't have to pick their clothes?'

The mysterious language… of a washing machine

Mox is a young but well educated translator. Two PHDs, six languages… and he hardly earns the minimum wage. Find out more about Mox’s adventures on his blog.

Comic strip showing parents looking over their baby staring at a washing machine: 'Isn't that cute? Baby Mox can spend hours staring at the washing machine!'  The bay thinks 'What a mysterious language! I'm sure that I can learn it if I stay here long enough.'

Translators have communication issues too

Mox is a young but well educated translator. Two PHDs, six languages… and he hardly earns the minimum wage. Find out more about Mox’s adventures on his blog.

Comic strip showing Mox and a woman: Mox says 'I had a CAT too but I had to get rid of it because it wouldn't run fast enough.' The woman replies: 'You got rid of your cat because it wasn't fast?' He then says 'No big deal. After all, I made it run for 14 hours a day for two years. I'll just buy a new one and make it run even longer.'A policeman appears andgrabs Mox 'You d'on't understand, Officer. I'm a translator and my CAT tools are part of my job...' The officer says 'this one will end up in a psychiatric hospital.' Mox 'Yipee! Lots of time to translate!'.

CAT tool meets poetry

Mox is a young but well educated translator. Two PHDs, six languages… and he hardly earns the minimum wage. Find out more about Mox’s adventures on his blog.

Comic strip showing a project manager asking Mox: Translate this poem with Crados. Use the existing TM and apply discounts for fuzzy matches.

Email handling methodology for translators

Mox is a young but well educated translator. Two PHDs, six languages… and he hardly earns the minimum wage. Find out more about Mox’s adventures on his blog.

Comic strip on how to deal with emails

Evil translation memories (and project managers)

Mox is a young but well educated translator. Two PHDs, six languages… and he hardly earns the minimum wage. Find out more about Mox’s adventures on his blog.

Comic strip showing Mox at his desk and a project manager at her desk. Mox says: Although you only pay 1% for 100% matches, I spent all weekend correcting the mistakes in the TM.'  The project manager replies: ' Now the corrected segments will make us look bad to the client because of the inconsistency with previous translations. Undo all corrections.'

Never irritate your interpreter

Mox is a young but well educated translator. Two PHDs, six languages… and he hardly earns the minimum wage. Find out more about Mox’s adventures on his blog.

Comic strip showing two characters: the first says ' I know that you're just an interpreter, but try to communicate the deepness of my business terminology and my motivational skills. The other replies: I only have a MSC in interpretation and 20 years of experience, but I'll do my best.' In another vignette, the first says ' Our new paradigm is to provide value added solutions through the synergy of innovative strategies which leverage into long term viability.' the interpreter says: ' I am only a high-level manager so I say tons of buzzwords to hide my lack of knowledge and skills.'

Communicating with project managers

Mox is a young but well educated translator. Two PHDs, six languages… and he hardly earns the minimum wage. Find out more about Mox’s adventures on his blog.

Comic strip showing two characters: the first says 'Translate this document urgently. I need it by 8 or we'll lose a major client and heads will roll.'The other replies: 'Mmm. It's already 10. Do you want it anyway or did heads already roll?'The first replies 'Oh, send it by 9 then.'

Planning for the future

Mox is a young but well educated translator. Two PHDs, six languages… and he hardly earns the minimum wage. Find out more about Mox’s adventures on his blog.

Comic strip featuring two people: the first says 'If we have children, I want them to be superlinguists so I'll speak to them a different language each day of the week', the second replies 'Great, any other brilliant idea to make them creazy?', the first character replies 'Also, every night, after the undubbed movie and the Scrabble polyglot game, we'll hold a spelling contest.'

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