Interview en español: El Café de la Tarde GT by Alejandra Durán

Thank you, Alejandra Durán, for giving me this opportunity to talk about Terminology en español. Here is the link to the recording. Para los hispanohablantes, sigan a Ale @aleduran23 y sus entrevistas con la etiqueta #ElCafédelaTardeGT.

Terminology on Social Media: An Interview with Licia Corbolante

This is the interview season! The Associated Interpreters of Barcelona recently interviewed terminologist Licia Corbolante, author of the blog Terminologia etc, which has ranked 2nd for two years in a row in’s contest. Licia shares some insights about her blogging and social media experience,

Congratulations, Licia!

IMOT goes to Translators on Air – Watch the video!

I was honored today to be interviewed live by Dmitry Kornyukhov and Elena Tereshchenkova for Translators on Air. I had a lot of fun and it was a great opportunity to talk about Terminology.

Check out the recordings here:




Dmitry will publish a summary soon and I will add it to this post as soon as it sees the public light.

Don’t forget to share the Terminology love!



Free eBook: Terminology for Beginners

It’s finally here! I am happy to share my first eBook which presents a collection of posts from this blog and is especially dedicated to beginners who approach Terminology for the first time.

I have provided all the sources at the end of each post for reference and further reading. In some cases, I had to delete links to sources that no longer exist, so if you find something missing, please let me know. Links are in blue so you can click away to your heart’s content.

Huge thanks to each and everyone, whether you have been a subscriber from day one or a recent subscriber, for your support. I look forward to hearing from you and receiving comments at or in Contact Me.

Click here to read online.

Or download here: TERMINOLOGY-eBOOK





Free webinar: How to argue the value of managing terminology

Always happy to share this info when I receive it in my email. If you can’t attend make sure you register to receive the recording.

In this joint SDL – TermNet FREE webinar, TermNet Director Gabriele Sauberer will describe ways to help you tackle the topic with your customers.

You will learn:

* How to make your clients understand the value of terminology and a terminology professional.

* How to identify the relevant stakeholders for on-boarding meetings to promote terminology.

* How to strengthen your position as a language expert and terminology professional.

Register NOW

MySmarTerm 13: Folksonomy

No, it’s not a new trend in music. The term was coined by Thomas Vander Wal, an American information architect, who in 2004 came up with the term by merging “folk” and “taxonomy”. It is also known as collaborative tagging, social classification, social indexing, social tagging, community cataloguing, cataloguing by crowd, social classification and ethnoclassification.

Folksonomy refers to a tagging classification system done by the users themselves, as opposed to tagging done by the developers of online content (such as bloggers) who create their own tags to classify their information. The first platforms to use folksonomy were and Flicker which allow users to add tags to the information. Such types of large folksonomys help , for example, to select preferred terms or extract a controlled vocabulary, as explained by Quintarelli.

J. Trant, from the University of Toronto, wrote a very interesting article entitled “Studying Social Tagging and Folksonomy: A Review and Framework” describing folksonomy as “an informal, organic assemblage of related terminology”. He goes further to say that “We can think of tagging as a process (with a focus on user choice of terminology); of folksonomy as the resulting collective vocabulary (with a focus on knowledge organization); and of social tagging as a socio-technical context within which tagging takes place (with a focus on social computing and networks). Read More

Last two days to vote for In My Own Terms

You only have two days to vote and help me get just one more vote from a friend or colleague!

Almost there! Hurry up! Thanks!



Course on CAT Tools and Terminology Management

The School of Professional Studies of the University of New York is offering a course on CAT tools and Terminology Management starting this June 5 17 and ending August 11.

The course will cover, among others, internationalization issues, handling file formats and building concept-oriented terminology lists. The course will be online and self-paced, and will count as a core course toward the online Certificate in Translation for all language pairs (see list here). Cost: US$725. Please note that website registration is not available and you will need to call them directly at 1+(212) 998-7150. And I just called them and they told me that there are spots still available.

For a full course review that I made last year on this course, click here.

Happy studying!

PS: Like any other courses that I promote here, I don’t receive any type of compensation for promoting nor getting people to sign up. Remember that this blog is all about sharing everything I find worth publishing about terminology. Thank you.

The Stages of Terminology Work

The role of a terminologist is to gather the terms covered in a specialized field in one or more languages select a term or coin a new one, and compile them in a terminological collection that can be recorded in terminological databases for future use. The terminology work that s/he performs is based on terminology rules and procedures.

Terminology work can be ad-hoc or systematic. Ad-hoc terminology is prevalent in the translation profession, where a translation for a specific term (or group of terms) is required quickly to solve a particular translation problem. Systematic collection of terminology, which deals with all the terms in a specific subject field or domain of activity, often by creating a structured ontology of the terms within that domain and their interrelationships

T. Cabré mentions five stages of terminology work and makes a differentiation with the terminology work using corpus and computer tools, more specifically for stages one and three. Read More

Update on IMOT

This year I wanted to do something special for the blog, a product that hopefully will help many people take a first look at Terminology in a general way, but also that gives them an overview of what Terminology involves. This is why I have been working lately in gathering some of my basic posts and some more to create an eBook. Yes! An eBook. I have the cover ready and it has already been revised by an experienced colleague and friend. It will take a few more weeks to come out. The designer of the cover will help me put it all together in an eBook form. I am really excited with this project, so you won’t be hearing much from me in the following two weeks.

BUT! In the meantime, please vote for In My Own Terms and share the Terminology love! The importance of sharing is key, especially with your language loving colleagues who may have not discovered IMOT yet! This year the competition looks really tough, but, with your help, I hope to stay in the top positions. Thank you again for your support and stay tuned for the eBook.

Top 100 Language Blogs 2017 – Voting

Natalia Oliveira, terminology book winner

I am honored to present Natalia, one of the winners of the terminology raffle. I am so happy to have among my readers such an enthusiastic translator, especially coming from a country I love: Brazil. Best of success in your professional career and thank you for sharing your story with us, Natalia.

My name is Natalia Oliveira, I’m 21 years old, and I live in Guarulhos, in the metropolitan region of São Paulo, Brazil. I have recently graduated in Portuguese with a concentration on Translation and Interpretation (English).

At school, Portuguese was always my favorite subject, and I always loved to read. If I was sad or sick, my mom would read me a book, take me to the library and so on.

When I was a tween, I was pretty scared of English. Everyone said it was essential to learn how to speak it, and I thought it was nearly impossible.

But then, the Jonas Brothers appeared. That’s right. I became such a fan that, through listening to their interviews, reading other news and talking to fans all over the world, I learned English pretty much by myself.

Around the same time, I started a Spanish course and realized I loved languages so much it could become a job. Then I decided to be a translator.

Due to my choice, I started an advanced English course, which was my favorite thing of all week.

My languages journey continued in Valencia, Spain, where I spent one month once I had finished high school.

In 2013, I received a scholarship through one of the federal government’s programs to study the four-year course I mentioned above. Never for a second have I regretted this decision.

At the end of the same year, I started a paid internship in a technical translation agency as a proofreader. It was an amazing experience, where my love for terminology started to grow (glossaries and dictionaries everywhere <3)

After two years, I left and tried to be a freelance translator for three months, but, due to personal reasons, I started working at TransPerfect, as a Quality Control Coordinator.

I occasionally do some freelance translation as well, which I love.

I am really happy to have won this beautiful shirt and the book “Corporate Terminology Management” by Ariane Großjean. It is a subject that I love and work with one way or another, and it will always be useful.

Thank you to Patricia for the opportunity and all the success to her blog and to the Terminology world.

If you wish to contact me, here is my LinkedIn account:

Natalia C. Oliveira

Vote for In My Own Terms’s contest of Top Professional Language blogs is back! In My Own Terms has placed 5th in the last two years, so let’s see if, with your help, we can keep that position, or at least in the top 10! In those years, IMOT has also ranked in the top list of language lovers.

You can only vote once, but I know that my terminology lovers will be sharing the link with their colleagues, family, and friends! And remember to vote for other terminology blogs: Terminologia etc (Licia Corbolante), Terminosophy (Besharat Fathi), and terminology supporter 20.000 Lenguas (Olga Jeczmyl).

In the Twitterers category don’t forget Marta Prieto, who is in our terminology lovers team! Terminology Online (of Universitat Pompeu Fabra) and WordLo (Maria Pia Montoro) are also on this list. Make sure you also vote for Transgalator (Gala Gil Amat).

You can take turns to vote for a different terminology lover!

Thanks for your support. I will be sending reminders (of course!).