Erika Baker's blog

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 17:57 Erika Baker

Who pays my invoice?





There are two kinds of responses to payment reminders translators often hear from their customer.

The client hasn’t paid yet

Especially where larger sums are involved, clients often don’t settle invoices by their due date because they are still waiting for payment for the whole project from their end client.

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 15:02 Erika Baker

What level certification do I need?

Client expectations

I get more and more enquiries asking for quotes for very specific level certification translation:

1. I need a certified translation of my birth certificate for a 4th tier immigration visa to Canada.

2. Can you quote for a translation of my degree to support a PhD application at a British university?    

3. I want to open a bank account and have to provide translated past bank statements. What level of certified translation do I need and what will it cost?

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 20:10 Erika Baker

English Language Test for Permanent Residency or Citizenship

1st step – book your English language test

As a foreigner wanting to obtain UK permanent residency or British citizenship, you have to prove that you can speak and understand English. Even if you hold a post-graduate translating diploma from the Chartered Institute of Linguists and have worked as a professional English-German translator for 27 years, you still have to prove it in an English language test.

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 12:51 Erika Baker

Life in the UK test


Life in the UK test - Brexit Residency Test

And there you have it – I know what carding is. And I know what Robert Arkwright was famous for. And I know who brought shampooing to Britain. And, believe it or not, I know that people usually eat turkey for Christmas.

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 10:27 Erika Baker

Translators vs Interpreters

Translators vs Interpreters

Translator-vs-InterpretersYesterday there was an item on the news about a Dutch man who needed "translators" in hospital to communicate with the medical team.

Did you hear the collective sigh from the linguist community? Did your Twitter feed burn with exasperated comments?

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 21:19 Erika Baker

Counting text

Counting TextIt’s not the most exciting topic, but it is one that frequently causes clients and translators to be at loggerheads.

How long is the translation you’re placing? How do you best count it?


This should be easy, but it’s surprisingly difficult.

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 18:50 Erika Baker

Translating qualifications

Translating qualifications

“Why did you not translate my Abitur as A ‘Levels”?

Because translating qualifications is fraught with difficulty.

Equivalence of school leaver’s qualifications

Qualifications are completely different in various countries, and although, colloquially, we tend to equate the top school qualification in one country with that of another.

Sun, 10/16/2016 - 21:27 Erika Baker

What to do in Britain when clients don’t pay

It comes up time and time again – clients pay late or don’t pay at all. It usually happens with new clients but can also happen with long-standing good clients.

While good working relationships are paramount and small businesses should do what they can to retain clients, getting paid – and getting paid on time! – is important for small companies and freelancers alike.

So what to do when a client doesn’t pay?