Charlie Bavington

Professional French to English Translator - Business and I.T.

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A recent poll on LinkedIn asked if we check the reputation of a potential client before we respond, & I replied that I did not. For me, it is a question of spending time & effort where & when it’s needed. My usual first response to an unsolicited approach is positive but non-committal.The detail depends […]

Monday, January 16th, 2023 at 18:04 | 0 comments
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Threlford Lecture 17 September 2016 I live in the northern-most reaches of London so I figure I really ought to make the effort when translation-related events are being held somewhere I can reach with my Oyster card. Even so, I nearly didn’t get to this lecture on account of being slow to register and having […]

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 at 13:59 | Comments Off on Event: CIoL Threlford Lecture Sept 2016
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‘Tis often said, including by me, that one factor in making a success of this translation lark (and many other larks, come to that) is to offer that bit extra and add value for the client, and so on. This seems intuitively likely to be true, all other things being equal. But does this work […]

Monday, August 24th, 2015 at 15:19 | Comments Off on Thinking it right, doing it wrong
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This year thus far appears to be the year, in some quarters, of getting mighty indignant about the evils of post-editing machine translation (PEMT). Might as well stick my oar in. It’s been a while. There seem to be two basic angles of attack employed by those getting their knickers in a twist about PEMT. […]

Friday, June 26th, 2015 at 10:43 | 12 comments
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A couple of weeks ago, I tweeted that “Last year, agency began introducing very tight deadlines. Last week, agency sent mass email about increase in missed deadlines. Coincidence?”.  That is only half the story. I gather this agency has quite ambitious plans for expansion.  One tactic it seems to have adopted in the last year […]

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 at 00:41 | 9 comments
Categories: agencies, business
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In one of those jolly coincidences life throws up from time to time, I’ve seen a number of discussions about payment in advance in the last few weeks. My response in one such discussion was to quote a maxim to which I try (but fail) to adhere in life in general – do as you […]

Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 10:21 | 2 comments
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Like many (most?) of us, I tend to, at the very least, treat email not addressed to me personally as a low priority, shall we say. Fortunately, my email client enables me to see a) the first few words of the message, so I can read the “Dear xxxxx” bit, and b) whether the email […]

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 at 09:17 | 3 comments
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Avid readers will recall that last month, by virtue of following @UKTIFrance on Twitter, I attended a webinar on “The French Economy”. This month, the same organisation presented one on “Legal Aspects of Doing Business in France”, given by an English lawyer who has been practising in France for 20 years. As with the previous […]

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 at 10:43 | Comments Off on Event: UKTI Legal webinar
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I’m not sure how much general awareness there is of this crew, but somehow or other, I have ended up following @UKTIFrance on Twitter, being the French arm of UK Trade and Industry (UKTI). There are any number of UKTIxxxx accounts for various countries and regions. And, by happy coincidence, UKTI appear to be about […]

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 at 10:21 | Comments Off on Event: UKTI webinar
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IAPTI Conference 5 October 2013 And so it was that I was out of the house before I am usually even awake on a Saturday to hit the Hilton hotel for IAPTI’s first conference. Given the calibre of those involved, it will be no surprise to hear the whole thing was impressively well organised with […]

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 at 18:02 | 3 comments
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