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The Linguist 59,2 - April/May 2020

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26 The Linguist Vol/59 No/2 2020 OPINION & COMMENT Software and apps to support translation work can be expensive. One industry newcomer outlines his Top 5 free online options Time is a complicated thing. As a translation student and then a new translator, I frequently found myself racing against time – too many words, too little time. The ideal solution would be longer deadlines, but this is not usually an option. The market doesn't care if you are a novice; clients just want you to meet their expectations. I realised early on that the solution was to manage my time better and improve my workflow with practical tools and better skills. At the start of my career, an expensive toolkit to help me achieve my goals was not feasible, so I started researching free alternatives. Tools of the trade MICAEL PINTO After trying out various open-access products, I now have five that I recommend to any translation student or translator who asks me for advice on this topic. They are not usually looking for conventional CAT (computer-assisted translation) tools, as they already know about these, but for tools to enhance their workflow in other ways, such as organisation, research and quality. Taking note More than a note-taking tool, Notion is an all-in-one workspace that can save you a lot of time and help you become more organised. Of all the tools of this nature that I have tried, Notion ( is the most user-friendly and powerful. It allows you to create workspaces and share them with other people. You can have as many workspaces as you want and switch between them seamlessly. Within each workspace, you also have a personal space that only you can access. As Notion is highly customisable, you can use it creatively in diverse ways. For example, its word processor is extremely good. You can drag and drop blocks of text, add headings, images, columns, links, lists, maps and much more with a few clicks. I use it to take notes in class and to draft my blog posts. Besides that, you can create all kinds of planners, checklists and tables. One-stop dictionary Online dictionaries are great. However, switching between tabs for dictionaries in IMAGES © SHUTTERSTOCK

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