Oct 31 2011

4 tips on improving your writing skills

Category: Training toolsFinancial Translator @ 7:44 am

1) Read, read, read: It is not so much quantity as quality. It is also particularly important for translators that their reading be relevant to their work. So, for example, as a financial translator the Financial Times is the perfect place for me to stay current with financial market terminology.

2) Copy from the best: As you read the newspaper or books, don’t be afraid to jot down expressions or turns of phrase that appeal to you and that you feel might be of use at some stage. Continually flip through your scrapbook to try and improve your active language skills.

3) Keep a thesaurus at hand: Freshen up your writing and expand your vocabulary. Your thesarus should be as thumbed through as your favourite dictionary.

4) Get your hands on a few style guides: My personal favourite is the Economist style guide. Much like Herodotus this will be a lifetime relationship. Read and re-read and try and ingest as many tips as possible.

Tags: Economist style guide, Practical tips, writing style

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