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Lunar New Year 2023

Hello everyone!

On January 22, the Lunar New Year started! And this year is the “Year of the Rabbit”! Let’s learn a bit more about this celebration.

When is the Lunar New Year?

The Lunar New Year begins on the date (in East Asia) of the second new Moon after the winter solstice, which always takes place in late December. This means that the first day of the Lunar New Year can occur anytime between January 21 and February 20.

Why Are There Different New Years?

The traditional Chinese calendar is a lunisolar calendar, which means that it is based on astronomical observations of the Sun’s position in the sky and the Moon’s phases. This ancient calendar dates back to the 14th century BCE. The Chinese lunisolar calendar shares some similarities with the Hebrew calendar, which is also lunisolar, and it has influenced other East Asian calendars, such as those of Korea and Vietnam.

Just like New Year according to the Gregorian calendar (January 1), Lunar New Year celebrations start on the night before the first day of the new year.

China does follow the Gregorian calendar for daily business, but still follows the Chinese calendar for important festivals, and auspicious dates such as the Moon phases.

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Who Celebrates the Lunar New Year?

Although this holiday has commonly been called “Chinese New Year” in the West, China isn’t the only country to observe it. Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is the most celebrated and longest of all Asian festivals and is observed by millions of people around the world.

A number of the other countries in East Asia, including Vietnam, Korea, Japan, and the Philippines, hold their own new year celebrations at this time.

What Is the Animal for the Lunar New Year This Year?

In 2023, we rang in the Year of the Rabbit, one of 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. The animal designations of the zodiac follow a 12-year cycle and are always used in the same sequence.

Those born in the Year of the Rabbit are said to be talented at many things. They are affectionate people, often excelling at forming close relationships. However, they also appreciate tranquility and seek out peace.

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I hope you find this interesting. And do you celebrate the Lunar New Year? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments, and don’t forget to subscribe!

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Until next time, take care and stay safe!

XX

Brand Ambassador, Content Editor, Content Localizer, Copywriting, Social Media, Translation

Out of the Woods

Hello everyone!

I noticed that lately, I haven’t written about COVID. And there are so many new cases around the world that maybe we should be asking ourselves if we are already “out of the woods”.

Although all the restrictions like using a face mask, keeping your distance, and not gathering with a large number of people in closed spaces have pretty much disappeared in most countries, some cities and countries are beginning to use some of these restrictions again.

We should remember that we are living through a pandemic. That means that COVID is here to stay with us, probably forever. Our lives will never go back to the exact way they were before.

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New variants of the disease keep appearing. The vaccines used in the past years, don’t cover all the new variants. Plus, now we also have to worry about Monkeypox and Camel flu.

The truth is that, while we keep trying to get back to our “normal” lives more infections happen, and more variants are formed.

So, what should we do? Not much, except taking care of ourselves, our loved ones, and those around us.

I wouldn’t like to be responsible for infecting my mom or any other member of my family, especially those who are more sensitive to getting sick.

As freelance translators, most of us work from home. That is a great advantage already. We don’t expose ourselves daily to other people who might be infected.

Here in Guatemala, the cases of COVID increased in December. Of course, with all the holiday gatherings, parties, concerts, etc. It is only normal that more people are getting sick.

And, of course, we all just want to live our normal lives without worrying about COVID and everything else that is going on in the world.

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I think we can definitely combine getting back to our “new” lives with taking care of ourselves. It isn’t easy to do, but it isn’t impossible. It is all about making sure that we don’t overexpose ourselves for no good reason.

Of course, when we see the situation worldwide, the new cases are affecting several industries. China decided to implement really strict restrictions, so many factories are closed. And this is happening in several countries which are the main producers of the different things we buy.

But our current recession is a topic for another time 😉

What do you think about how the current COVID situation? How are things being handled in your country? Do you feel safe? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments. And don’t forget to subscribe!

Thanks to Day Translations for sponsoring this post! Make sure to click on the link to find out more about the services they offer.

Until next time, take care and stay safe!

XX

Brand Ambassador, Content Editor, Content Localizer, Content Marketing, Social Media, Translation

How to Get Back to the Routine?

Hi everyone!

So, you had your holiday vacation and now you are struggling to get back to your daily routine? Don’t worry, you are not the only one!

When we go away for a long vacation, it can be difficult to get back to our daily routine. Being disconnected from work, social media, and everything else makes it tricky to get back to work like nothing happened.

Sure, we went away on vacation to rest but also to recharge our batteries… but the batteries take some time to heat up and start working. We might feel tired instead of full of energy. This is because we need time to adapt back to our routines.

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What we should do is get back little by little. Don’t accept huge and difficult projects right away when you return from your vacation. Try to start with short and easy projects and work yourself up to working on those huge, time-consuming projects again.

Make sure to take your time. Taking small breaks every 20-25 minutes can help to ease into your routine. Also, during those breaks try to step away from the computer’s screen, maybe even walk a little. This will give you the energy to get back to business!

After a couple of days, you should feel comfortable again working at the same pace you used to before your big holiday break.

The important thing is to listen to your body and your mind. Don’t force them into giving 100% from day one, give them a chance to get used to the routine once more.

This is one of the “cons” of taking a long vacation. Sure, it feels great and we all deserve it but getting back to the routine might be a little more difficult. Of course, our brains and our bodies are amazing, and they will get working at the same pace in no time.

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Just take it easy, take time to get ready, meditate, and just go with the flow!

Do you have any difficulties getting back to your routine after a long vacation? How do you deal with it? I’d love to hear all about your experiences in the comments!

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Until next time, take care and stay safe!

XX

Brand Ambassador, Certifications, Content Editor, Content Marketing, Social Media, Translation

Planning the Year

Hello everyone!

Today I want to talk about planning our year. It is connected to my previous post about setting New Year’s resolutions.

But this is more work and career-related. What do we want to accomplish each month? What are our goals?

Of course, even if we plan each month of the year, it doesn’t mean that other things will rise up which are more important than what we planned and we might have to make changes to our plan. But having a plan is like having a blueprint of what we want to accomplish during the year, and that is always important.

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The best way to plan it is to divide our goals monthly. This way we will have a clearer view of our plan. We can decide how many projects per month we want to work on (we can set a minimum). We can always decide how many webinars we want to attend, and which ones.

We have to plan our work, but also how to grow as translators. Attending webinars, workshops, etc., can help us to learn new skills or practice some rusty ones. It also gives you the opportunity to connect with fellow translators.

Another important thing we need to plan in advance is our vacations! I know it sounds like too much, but remember that we need to let our clients know with plenty of anticipation when we are not going to be available, so we can plan how to deal with the projects that aren’t finished or that will come up during our absence.

Again, there will always be different situations that will force us to change our plan but we have to plan in a flexible way, so these changes don’t change too much our original view.

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If your plan is too tight, it will be very difficult for you to accept changes. And let’s face it, in our field things change all the time. Depending on an inflexible plan will only bring us problems and stress.

Are you a planner or do you prefer to go with the flow? Let’s start the conversation in the comments! And don’t forget to subscribe!

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Until next time, take care and stay safe!

XX

Brand Ambassador, Content Editor, Content Marketing, Social Media, Translation

New Year’s Resolutions

Hello everyone!

Happy New Year! I am back!

Today I want to talk about New Year’s resolutions. Do they actually work? Let’s take a closer look at this topic.

We know that writing our resolutions for the year that is starting is a tradition that comes from centuries ago. But do setting these resolutions actually work?

You might also know that we don’t always keep all our resolutions, maybe not even one of them. But that could be because we are not setting the right resolutions.

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For resolutions to work better, they should be achievable. It isn’t the same to say, “I want to lose five pounds each month” as if we say “I want to lose one pound per month.” The second resolution is more achievable because it is easier to keep.

Another famous resolution is to save money each month. We can do it if we set an amount that actually works for us. We can’t commit to saving $500 per month when it takes a big chunk of our monthly income. Saving $100 might be a better option.

Something more in the translation field, many translators set resolutions like, “I will bring 10 new clients per month.” A nice one but most likely we won’t be able to keep it up. If we can bring one new client per month, it is still a great achievement and it is a goal that we can actually work with.

If we set goals that are too big or difficult we won’t be able to achieve them, which will make us feel bad for not keeping them.

Also, if we set too many resolutions, we won’t be able to keep them all. It is better to set a small list so we can make sure that we can keep them.

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And don’t worry, according to some studies, only two out of 10 people actually keep and complete all their resolutions in a year’s time. That means that eight people give up halfway there. It is okay to give up if you are working with resolutions that are just impossible to keep.

If you want to be one of those two people who actually accomplish their list, make sure that you set realistic goals in a realistic period of time.

So, are you the kind of person who sets resolutions or do you prefer to go without them through the year? Let me know in the comments what your experience has been like, I’d love to hear from you!

Thank you to Day Translations for sponsoring this post. Make sure to click on their link to find out more about the services they offer.

Until next time, take care and stay safe!

XX

Brand Ambassador, Content Editor, Content Localizer, Content Marketing, Social Media, Translation

2022: Recap of the Year

Hello everyone!

December is here, so I think it is time to do a recap of 2022.

This is the first recap I have done since 2020! I can’t believe how much things have changed, and how much they haven’t!

Still, I should talk about the positive things accomplished this year. So, here I share some of the things I accomplished this year:

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  1. This is my blog post number 109! I never thought I would get this far, but here I am!
  2. I reached over 3,000 followers on Instagram! Another unexpected event. Thanks to my wonderful and loyal followers, you rock! Make sure to follow me to find out more about me and my business.
  3. I still have my full-time job as a Content Editor with FluentU. I feel blessed that this collaboration continues to grow.
  4. I started working on Google Search Ad translations and QA for companies like Verizon. I really enjoy working on these projects.
  5. I also started working as a reviewer for the translation of the UI of Fundraise Up, which is an app that allows you to donate to your favorite charities.
  6. I attended several webinars, online courses, and such. I feel like I’ve learned so much this year, but I know there’s still a lot more to learn!
  7. I didn’t read as much as I should have… but I did read, which is such a great pleasure for me.
  8. I started a business page on LinkedIn. I think it was a good idea to have a separate page for my business. If you are on LinkedIn, let’s connect!
  9. I am communicating more with fellow translators on Instagram. It has been such a great experience to get to know them better. There is a lovely community of translators on IG, and I am over the moon to be part of it.
  10. I changed my IG feed to something more coherent with my brand.
  11. I am still using Asana to manage my social media posts.
  12. I continue taking care of myself with exercise, eating healthy, and trying out new skincare products that I adore!
  13. I was invited to a wonderful conversation with Jane Kim on YouTube and to Rafa Lombardino’s podcast “Translation Confessional.” I can’t believe I got to talk with some of my favorite people in the world!
  14. I started working as an Ambassador for Day Translations. They sponsor my blog post, which has allowed me to write more! I am very happy and thankful for this cooperation.
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So, these are some of the exciting and good things that happened to me this year. I’d love to know how this year has been for you and what good things brought you! Leave me a comment, and don’t forget to subscribe!

Until next time, have a wonderful holiday season! See you in 2023!!

XX

Brand Ambassador, Content Editor, Content Localizer, Content Marketing, Social Media, Translation

Vacation Time?

Hello everyone!

Holiday time is here! But does that mean we should take a vacation during this period or continue working?

This definitely depends on how much work you will be getting during the holiday season. You could ask your clients to send you their schedule for the holidays, at least a glimpse of the projects that might come. After receiving all the schedules you can make the decision whether to work or not during the holiday season.

Of course, it is important to think about taking time to rest and spending time with our families for the holidays. I always take a more extended vacation during the holiday season, precisely for those two reasons. Plus, I need time for some Christmas shopping as well.

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So, what I usually do is work in synchronicity with my clients to make sure that I finish all pending projects before going away.

It is also important to let your clients know when you will be away, so they can find a replacement in case new projects or new tasks from ongoing projects emerge while you are on vacation.

But there have been times when I have worked during the holiday season. Not all the season, but part of it. I did it mostly when I started working as a freelancer. I didn’t have the luxury to say no to projects, so I would take on some of them.

Also, if I have a big project from an important client, I might take it. You definitely want to keep a good relationship with your clients and sometimes that means sacrificing some of your personal time or your family time, and there is nothing wrong with that as long as you don’t do it all the time.

You know yourself better than anyone, and you should do what works best for you and your family. If you are going away on a trip, you definitely cannot be available just in case. Just make sure that you always have clear communication with your clients.

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What are you doing for the holiday season? Are you working or resting? Or both? I will be resting but I’d love to hear what your plans are in the comments.

Thanks to Day Translations for sponsoring this post! Click on the link to find out more about the services they offer.

Until next time, take care and stay safe!

XX

Brand Ambassador, Content Editor, Content Localizer, Content Marketing, Social Media, Translation

Holidays and Translation

Hello everyone!

So, the most wonderful time of the year has officially started! But what does that mean for translators: more or less work during the holidays?

Well, it depends on many things. It depends on the clients. Do they have a high holiday season where they need a lot of translations? Or do they have a low season and maybe even go away on vacation?

I have a mix of both. I have clients that do need a lot of translation during the holiday season because they work a lot with marketing, and you can’t stop selling during the holidays. And, I have clients who are not in the marketing area who decide to close their offices for the season.

As a freelance translator, I appreciate that I have both kinds of clients. Let’s see what projects could come up during the holidays that will keep you busy until the very end of the year!

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Marketing

I already talked about that a bit. Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and post-holiday sales, all are very important occasions for selling your products. So, clients who rely on advertising to reach more potential customers are going to be in constant need of translations. Actually, I think this is one of my busiest times of the year because of Google Ad Search projects. They can come in at any time and in abundance.

Special Holidays Services and Products

Some clients offer special services or products for the season. They might offer to decorate your home, organize your celebrations, and so on. They might offer a special product, like a beverage that they only sell during this time, or they sell more of it because of the holidays. An example is Eggnog, a beverage that is largely consumed during the Holidays.

Hotels and Restaurants

The hotels and restaurants market definitely enters a high season with the holidays. They need to make sure that more people stay with them or visit them. Marketing is essential here, as well as special offers and packages. Restaurants might even offer a new or different menu for the holidays. And all of this needs to be translated asap 😉

What about you? Do you have a high or low workflow during the holidays? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments. And don’t forget to hit the subscribe button!

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Thank you to Day Translations for sponsoring this post! Click on the link and find out more about the services they offer, even during the holidays!

Until the next time, take care and stay safe!

XX

Brand Ambassador, Content Editor, Content Localizer, Social Media, Translation

How to Keep Our Clients

Hi everyone!

Today I want to talk about a very important topic: How to keep our clients! As freelancers, we know how important it is to make sure that our clients keep coming back to us for their translations and other services.

We also know that the translation field is a highly competitive one, especially for some language pairs like English to Spanish.

So, what should we do to stand out in a pool filled with experienced translators? Here are some tips that you might find helpful:

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High-Quality Work

A guaranteed way to keep our clients coming back for more is if we deliver high-quality work before the deadline. This will always be considered a great trait for any translator who wishes to have a constant workflow.

Specializations

Although we have spoken before about whether or not specializations are a good idea or not, having a specialization that not many other translators have might help us to keep our clients.

Other Services

Yes, we are translators, but we can do more than just translate, right? We can offer other services like proofreading, editing, reviewing, localization, transcreation, and subtitling, among many more.

Offering other services is a secure way to get more work. Once our client knows our array of services, they will likely come back to us not just for translations but for any other of the services we offer.

These services might actually come to you as a surprise. I never thought I’d become a Content Editor for a language-learning platform, and yet, here I am as one for over a year! We just need to explore more opportunities and learn as much as we can.

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When you decide to go ahead and take on a job you’ve never done, you will likely get trained by the client. This is important to take an advantage of because it will help you not just with one client but with many more.

As long as we keep our clients happy, they will always want to work with us!

What about you? What are your secrets for keeping your clients? What other services do you offer as a translator? I can’t wait to read all about it in the comments and don’t forget to subscribe!

Thanks to Day Translations for sponsoring this post! Click on the link to find out more about the services they offer.

Until next time, take care and stay safe!

XX

Brand Ambassador, Content Editor, Content Localizer, Content Marketing, Social Media, Translation

Black Friday Discounts!

Hi everyone!

Black Friday is almost here! You don’t want to miss out on the big deals for this year!

Have you already thought if you are going to buy anything during this year’s Black Friday deals? What are you looking for? Maybe books, webinars, makeup, skincare, and so much more!

Personally, I am not sure if I will be buying anything this year. I haven’t found anything that I find so appealing that I must have it! Hahaha

But there are some great deals, especially these by Day Translations and Day Interpreting!

If you are looking for discounts in the service fields, specifically on translations and interpreting services, you’ve found them!

From November 1st until this Friday, November 25th (yes, Black Friday day!), Day Translations is offering 15% off all their services. Find out more here:

And Day Interpreting is offering a $15 credit for new clients to use on their on-demand interpreting services. Day Interpreting is actually an App/Dashboard in which clients can request video or phone interpreters in 190 languages 24/7 for any area of expertise: legal, healthcare, education, business, etc. You can find out more here:

What do you think? These are two great deals but hurry up because they end on Friday, so make the most out of them!

Let me know in the comments if you used any of these coupons and how was your experience! Also, don’t forget to hit the subscribe button!

Remember these are unique discount codes, which are valid from November 1st to November 25th (Black Friday Day)! You may use the discount codes by clicking on the banners above. Don’t let these opportunities slip right through your fingers!

Thanks to Day Translations for sponsoring this post! Click on the link to find out more about the services they offer.

Until next time, take care and stay safe!

XX