An Intern’s Diary Pt. 8

If you’re looking for a Russian to English translation internship – Eclectic Translations in St Petersburg is the place for you!


This is one in a series of posts written by an intern we had back in September 2016; these diary entries should answer questions you may have about what an internship might entail.



What I’ve been up to

Change of Address Notification Letter


Transcribing “The Lovers and the Despot”


Bjorn and Bucky


Here’s some feedback I got from the Change of Address letter I worked on:


be aware of the conventions of the type of text you’re translating in either language and don’t be blindly guided by the source text. For example in English we sign with a full name Alex Smith, not A. J. Smith (Smith A.J. as it would be in Russian).


Use MemoQ to your advantage: concordance but again don’t be blindly guided; mistakes can be in the Translation Memory. For example, ET is registered in Russia so it’s an OOO not an LLC or Ltd, these are just used for purposes of clarity.


Transcribing: being useful in the office. We each have our own skills and assets, whether we realise they are assets and capitalise on them, or not. I have English-speaking ears which can help out others when transcribing. Just as I used others when I was transcribing Russian in Bjorn and Bucky, others can use me. We take for granted how easy it is for a native speaker to hear something / understand something they hear that may baffle a non-native listener. This is particularly highlighted when the speaker has a non-standard accent or expresses themselves in an unexpected way. The Lovers and the Despot is an international co-production in which dialogue is in both English and Russian. My English-speaking ears were able to make out the often confused Korean English, for subsequent subtitling in Russian. I was able to move quickly through the film as someone had already kindly and painstakingly written out the timings of every piece of speech. There’s a team-oriented approach in the company which means that everyone asks anyone for help when their skills will be helpful for a project.

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