Portals for translators
There are numerous translation portals on the web that help translators to collaborate with agencies and clients. Some of the more useful ones are listed here. They vary widely in the features that they provide, such as assistance with terminology, agency ratings, information about average rates per word or hour, and even website hosting. The cost of membership also varies, but in many cases basic features are available at no cost with registration. The ‘DA’ listed for portals is the ‘Domain Authority’, which gives a rough indication of the importance of the website. See also the artech blog review.
- proz.com One of the best translation portals for translators and agencies. Many useful features for professional translators including options for terminology look-up, ability to ask colleagues for help with difficult terms, invoicing facility, some information on rates etc. It also has a mentoring scheme and a rudimentary system for certification. The Wikipedia advertorial for ProZ reports over 720,000 registered users as of September 2014 (DA68).
- translatorscafe.com An excellent translation portal, with a rather more casual look and feel than ProZ. It has features similar to those of ProZ, including the ability to search for translators with specific language pairs and areas of specialisation, assistance with terminology etc. (DA51).
- translationdirectory.com Rather more down-market than ProZ, with less features and less translators registered. Has a list of over 600 blacklisted outsourcers for sale (DA42).
Minor translation portals
aquarius.net (DA41), translatorsbase.com (DA41), traduguide.com (DA35), 2polyglot.com (DA28), lengoo.de (DA28), translatorpub.com (DA26), TM-Town (DA25), online-freelancer.org (DA22), say-hello.com (DA17), languagedirectories.com (DA15).
- American Translators Association. ATA has over 7,000 members. It promotes the professional development of translators and interpreters, offers a certification exam and helps clients find appropriate linguists. Search ATA’s online directories for individual translators and interpreters as well as agencies from the membership of the Association.
- UK Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI). The ITI has over 3000 members and is “the UK’s only dedicated association for practising translation and interpreting professionals”. You can use the ITI Directory to find freelance translators, freelance interpreters or corporate language service providers from the membership of the Institute.
- UK Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL). Assists businesses and individuals to find a professional translator, interpreter, tutor or other language specialist from the membership of the Institute. The IoL Educational Trust organises examinations for their Diploma in Translation, an internationally recognised qualification.
- Australian Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters. NAATI is the national standards and accreditation body for translators and interpreters in Australia, and has a directory on its website.
- IAPTI International Association of Professional Translators and Interpreters. Aims to promote ethical practices in translation and interpreting; searchable directory of members.
- See also Wikipedia’s ‘List of translators and interpreters associations‘ with organisations from more than 30 countries, and the International Federation of Translators (FIT) list of online directories of all European professional translator associations belonging to FIT.
- uebersetzer-verzeichnis.com German language directory of translation agencies and translators, searchable by language and German city. Recommended.
- uebersetzerdatenbank.de German language directory of translation agencies and translators. Payment required.