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International Women’s Day 2023

Hello everyone!

Yesterday we celebrated International Women’s Day, but all of March is Women’s History Month, so the celebration is not over!

Nobody can honestly say we don’t owe an enormous amount to the women in our lives, from the mothers who made us chicken soup when we were sick as children, to the sisters who helped us decide what to wear on our first date, to the wives who somehow manage to juggle both a career and a family, never missing a beat. Women’s Day is all about celebrating these incredible people and showing them how much we love, respect, and value them.

This holiday is perhaps especially important in parts of the world where women are still forced to deal with shocking inequality on a daily basis and is meant to raise awareness of the challenges and struggles faced by these women. Women’s Day celebrates women’s history, highlighting key events, milestones, and achievements, and aims to further promote and raise awareness of women’s rights and to achieve equal opportunity status in all walks of life.

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History of International Women’s Day

It may come as a rather sad surprise that International Women’s Day was first celebrated on February 28th, 1909 in New York. Two years later, German socialist Luise Zietz proposed that the holiday become an annually observed one that would celebrate various women’s issues, such as suffrage, so as to promote equal rights for women. The first few International Women’s Days were celebrated in a quite different fashion than they are nowadays, with hundreds of demonstrations taking place in Europe. During these demonstrations, women demanded they finally be given both the right to vote and to hold public office.

Employment sex discrimination was also an important issue. In 1917, the International Women’s Day demonstrations in Saint Petersburg, Russia, helped initiate the February Revolution, when women marched through the city demanding an end to World War I. This shocked even Leon Trotsky, who, much like other Russian leaders of the day, did not expect the Women’s Day protests to cause that much of a stir. Until 1977, Women’s Day was celebrated mainly in socialist countries. It was only after the United Nations General Assembly’s decision to proclaim March 8th International Women’s Day that the holiday gained worldwide popularity (source: Days of the Year).

There are many ways that you can go about celebrating this holiday, but all of them have a similar goal: to raise awareness about the struggles of women the world over and honor their achievements. Of course, not all achievements are huge, worldwide game-changers like women finally obtaining the right to vote—there are all sorts of other, smaller feats that women you know manage on an everyday basis that you may not pay too much attention to until you try calming 2 crying toddlers, making dinner and explaining the particulars of a newly-acquired client to your boss over the phone at the same time. This may sound ridiculously hard to pull off, but this is something thousands of women pull off every day, something that should be deeply appreciated and something that nobody should take for granted. Grand gestures aren’t necessarily required to show appreciation, either—sometimes a simple “thank you, I have no idea how you do it” is enough to lift an overworked woman’s spirits.

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So, let’s thank all the women in our lives who support us and have always been there for us! Our mothers, sisters, aunts, cousins, wives, colleagues, etc. But let’s also thank the men who always support women’s right to equality.

I hope you are having an extraordinary Women’s History Month!

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Until next time, take care and stay safe!


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Book Lovers

Hello everyone!

Today I want to talk about books. I mean, books are essential for translators, we can’t live without them!

Some people like to read the biographies of the most influential people in history, like Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi. Some people like novels that send chills down their spines, from goth horror novels like Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” to Stephen King’s epistolary novel, “Carrie”. Some prefer the classics, like “Pride and Prejudice” or the “Old Man and the Sea”.

But regardless of the kind of books you like the most, the indisputable truth is that the world would not be the same without books. Books have been educating and inspiring us for thousands of years, so it should go without saying that they are a big part of our lives, especially for linguists.

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Books are more than simple pieces of paper with words on them (or, in the case of digital books, a bunch of pixels on a screen). They’re a door into another world, whether that’s one full of fiction and imagination or a factual world that teaches you incredible new things. Reading a book is all about celebrating the awesome power of stories and the joy of reading. It’s mainly meant to help encourage a love of reading in children, but people of all ages can recognize and celebrate the day.

Books have a strong connection with schools, and they are used worldwide to allow school children to engage with reading and their favorite books. That’s why it is so important to not just indulge the love of books, but also make sure that children and young people can gain access to books.

Books did not always look the way they do today, with their glossy covers and creamy pages. When writing systems were invented in ancient civilizations thousands of years ago, clay tablets were used. Later, humanity moved on to using papyrus. In the 3rd century, the Chinese were the first to make something that resembled today’s books in that they consisted of numerous thick, bamboo pages sewn together. Then, in the mid-15th century, Johannes Gutenberg’s printing press brought books into the industrial age, making them readily available to anyone who wanted to read them. It is thanks to that ingenious invention that we are all able to enjoy the works of Shakespeare, Tolstoy, and many others in the comfort of our own homes today.

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So, are you reading a book right now? If so, which one? Which one is your favorite book? Leave me a comment and let’s start a conversation!

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Digital Learning

Hello everyone!

Today I want to talk about digital learning and how it has grown so much over the past three years! The pandemic definitely gave it a boost, so let’s look more into it.

Let’s start with a definition of digital learning.

Digital learning is a method based on the use of new digital tools to enable learners to learn in a different way, whether it be face-to-face, distance learning, or blended learning. It has different methods, which we will see next.

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Digital Learning Methods:

Virtual classroom. Virtual classes allow trainers and learners to be brought together in the same virtual place, for example during a video conference.

Serious games. Organized in various forms, they enable know-how to be learned in a fun and sometimes collective way.

The MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). The best-known teaching method is based on the use of a platform for training through videos, downloadable documents, quizzes, etc.

SPOC (Small Private Online Course). Similar to the MOOC, this interactive training course has the particularity of being aimed at a smaller group of learners, which encourages interactivity with the trainer and ensures that learners are followed up.

Mobile Learning. It involves training from your smartphone. A practice particularly suited to the “anytime, anywhere, anyplace” learning experience.

Social Learning. Based on the exchange and sharing of experience within a group, this more informal and collaborative learning method is also used in a complementary way in the context of hybrid or face-to-face training.

Adaptive Learning. This concept refers to the ultra-customization of certain training courses to adapt to the needs of each learner (specific modules and workshops, adapted training courses, etc.).

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I don’t think there is anyone out there who hasn’t been involved with at least one of the digital learning methods. What is your experience with them? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to subscribe!

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Until next time, take care and stay safe!


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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!

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Until next time, take care and stay safe!


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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!!


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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.

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Until next time, take care and stay safe!


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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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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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Until the next time, take care and stay safe!


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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.


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!

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Until next time, take care and stay safe!


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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!

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Until next time, take care and stay safe!


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Payment Issues

Hi everyone!

Today I want to talk about something that I think we have all experienced as freelance translators: payment issues.

Unfortunately, one of the cons about working on your own is that clients can cause problems when it comes to paying us. And some of these issues or concerns can be:

Delayed Payments

As freelancers, we already have to wait for 15, 30, 60, or even 90 days to get paid. And on top of this, sometimes the payments are delayed.

This is annoying because it means that we have to start trying to get paid. We need to contact the financial department to ask why there has been a delay and when can we expect the payment to get done.

If they don’t answer, we might contact our PM, but a lot of times, this is useless because they immediately indicate that the project management department and the financial department are two completely different things, and there is nothing they can do.

Of course, this becomes frustrating. But I would say, don’t give up. Keep insisting until you get paid, I’ve done that and it has actually worked in the end.

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Incomplete Payments

Now, this is a different kind of problem. You get paid on time, but not the total amount of your invoice and their purchase order. This can happen due to many things, maybe the financial department made a mistake when entering the quantity to pay, or your payment platform charges you fees that you didn’t know about.

What is important here, is to let the financial department there has been a mistake, after you’ve checked it isn’t due to mysterious fees on your payment platform. You need to send all the necessary information to show that the payment doesn’t match what was invoiced. Luckily, they will make a second payment for the missing amount.

Getting Overpaid

Yes, you read that right! You can actually get overpaid. This can also be due to a mistake in the financial department or in their payment platform. Of course, it is nice to get paid more than you invoice, but it isn’t right. Just like we ask to get paid any payments that were received incomplete, we must let the client know right away about an overpayment. In some platforms, you can revert the payment, but the whole payment, not just a fraction. If you got the same invoice paid twice, you can do this and let the client know.

But if it is only a fraction and you can’t revert it, you can either ask them for an account where you can deposit the extra amount, or ask them to discount said amount from your next payment, whichever works better for everyone.

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Have you ever had any payment issues? Which ones? How have you handled them? Please leave me your experiences in the comments and don’t forget to subscribe.

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Until next time, take care and stay safe!