Swet Columns

Word Wise

Japanese and English express ideas in different ways, as every translator is regularly reminded, and ensuring natural output sometimes requires a little reflection. This column offers a record of grapples with thorny words and phrases. (For more articles in this series, see here.)

Covering All the Bases
by Richard Medhurst

When Japanese... more

SWET Toolbox

Tools that writers, translators, and editors can use to improve the quality of their work, as well as their time spent working—from indispensable reference books and handy apps to life-changing office furniture.

Resources for Writing in Your Non-Native Language

By Winifred A. Bird

As writers, translators, and editors, most of us feel... more

Romanizing Japanese: Polishing the Fine Points

By Lynne E. Riggs

Whether it’s a book title in a bibliography, a few lines of poetry, or a snippet of dialogue, romanization of Japanese in English text is a skill every wordsmith associated with Japan mobilizes now and then, and though it may seem easy, there are many intricacies the committed editor will want to polish. Close encounters... more

This Month’s Word Challenge

Richard Medhurst

It’s pretty common for loanwords to change their meaning as they enter Japanese from English and these can present translation difficulties. Take チャレンジ, which is used quite differently in its verb form in Japanese, inspiring such errors by Japanese learners of English (and out-of-their depth translators) as “I... more

Word Wise

Japanese and English express ideas in different ways, as every translator is regularly reminded, and ensuring natural output sometimes requires a little reflection. This column offers a record of grapples with thorny words and phrases. (For more articles in this series, see http://www.swet.jp/columns/C38)

Spreading the Word
Richard... more

SWET Toolbox

Tools that writers, translators, and editors can use to improve the quality of their work, as well as their time spent working—from indispensable reference books and handy apps to life-changing office furniture.

Two Apps to Help You Transcribe Audio Files
Reviewed by Winifred A. Bird

As a journalist, I love having transcribed versions of... more