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The Benefits of Hiring Remote Workers

Several Fortune 500 corporations hire remotely. They’re the likes of Walmart, Nintendo, Time Warner Cable, Bloomberg, GoPro and more. They understand the cost benefits of hiring remote workers and its direct consequences in their HR departments. Remote recruitment open room for payroll cuts, lower job turnover and more engagement.

Workers may choose remote jobs and communications for a multitude of reasons. Remote workers can attest to higher levels of productivity, life/work balance and a higher job satisfaction.

Hiring remotely is not a new phenomena. In fact, you’re pretty late to the game! In the U.S. alone,

remote work opportunities have increased 800 percent since 2005. A 2012 SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) survey indicates that the main reasons for remote recruitment are global expansion and boosting productivity (53% and  49 % percent of all respondents respectively).

Cut your payroll!

The global job market is now accessible through remote job marketplaces such as UpWork (North America), (Middle East) or Freelancer (Australia). These marketplaces are highly competitive. You can hire qualified workers within your budget who will do the same exact job as any other nine-to-fivers among your local talent pool. You will also pay less overheads by having less people in the main office. You will save a ton in office rent, significantly in rent-hike cities such as Dubai, Cairo, London, San Francisco and several other cities around the world.

Remote workers have helped redefine working hours from a regular 9 to 5 to a delivery time that starts at “assignment” and ends at “due date.” Save on wages by hiring workers who can deliver work outside of traditional office hours. Don’t pay them for idle hours spent at the office. They don’t want the money.

Scale your talent pool on demand

Chances are you’re in a city that makes sense for your business, but doesn’t provide enough new talent for your company’s sustainability. This is typical for smaller cities with small dwelling population or universities. You can hire the finest workers outside of your immediate locality either in your country or overseas. Remote work is a great option for talented workers who do not wish to move to new cities big or small alike for  many reasons. The news is – you don’t have to comprise on skills anymore. Moms are a chief example of remote workers who can’t always change locations because of family commitments.

Grow your business faster

There are a few tech companies that are 50+ percent remote. This means that more than half of their employees are distributed across several regions and several times zones. An internationally distributed team is able to work around the clock. Remote workers are a great resource for rapid-growth companies who wish to expand to new markets. Hiring locally will cost you less than opening a new office and sending expatriate supervisors to oversee work. Local (remote) workers are proficient in the local language, culture, and business customs. You won’t be lost in translation.

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Keep your employees motivated

Remote workers exhibit a higher work motivation than regular on-site workers. If you think about it, remote workers don’t have to deal with daily commutes or traditionally confined work spaces. Plus, despite the new trend, remote jobs are not abundant. If your new recruit professes their desire not only to work at your company, but to do so remotely, they are probably not going to leave you any time soon for their old nine to five job. Remote workers stick longer if the work conditions you provide are ideal for them. Higher job retention will help you save money on new recruitment and will ultimately lead to better work and service to your customers.

The author of this article is a remote worker. You can hire Ahmed for your job by inviting him to send a proposal.

The Do’s and Don’ts of uploading your resume and cover letter

If you are a new graduate or simply new to online freelance work, your definition of a good resume and a job-landing cover letter might blur. Where you should say more or leave some details untold might not be obvious if you want the job and you want the money.

Good resumes will get your foot in the door. Cover letters will reaffirm your employer’s initial judgement about you. A follow-up interview will usually get you a traditional job, but in the freelance world, it’s really just the proposal and the tenacity of your online profile that will get you hired fast.


Difference between a resume and a cover letter

A resume is an outline of your professional career in few sub-heads and bullet points. It will tell your employer where you went to school and particularly why your education is relevant to the job you’re applying for if at all. You will also have to list all relevant professional precedence. You don’t have to crowd your resume with jobs and details that are not important for the specific job or freelance job you’re applying for. A good resume is usually no more than 2 solid pages of solid, indispensable information about you. If you are applying for a job or a freelance position in Europe, they will ask you for a CV which is the same as resume in American English.

A cover letter is literally a letter in a traditional letter format. You will address the employer and you will tell them a few important details about yourself and your career as well as your accomplishment to take you seriously for their vacant position or the task to be fulfilled by you-hopefully. A good cover letter should not more than 500-600 words. It should be broken into clear paragraphs. A cover can be a great extension to your resume. This is your chance to elaborate on specific tasks you have undertaken and target results you have achieved for your previous employers. You don’t have to list every achievement as you probably should in your resume.


How to write a resume as young graduate

If you are a recent graduate, you probably lack a solid professional experience to woo your future employers with. The appropriate length for your resume should not surpass one page. If you have been in multiple extra-curricular activities and can speak of genuine achievements or learning milestones in your internships, make it two pages. The best would be to cherry-pick the details you want to share with your employer. Don’t simply crowd your resume. If you’re applying via an electronic application system, chances are your resume will be filtered and shortlisted. This is a good opportunity to add more keywords that are relevant to the desired job position to increase your chances.

Do always submit your resume in a PDF file. This is the norm. When you’re a recent graduate, education should be first and foremost and then any relevant internships, part-time work or extra-curricular involvement. Do emphasize on your GPA or your local grade average as well as the courses you have taken in school, and the practical skills you do now possess.


  1. Quantify all of your accomplishments (how many logos did you design, articles you wrote, events you managed, etc.)
  2. Be very specific about what you did. If you can’t put your tasks in words, simply avoid vagueness or ask for the help of a good colleague who filled the same position.
  3. Look up other resumes for people who had filled your previous positions and your desired one.
  4. Do make a profile with tailored university course selection and tasks carried out of school as well as skills.
  5. Do consider a resume design/template if you think your employers would require so. Several companies and higher institutions require the Europass template to manage conformity between applicants.
  6. Stick to one structure, one chronological order and one order when writing your resume


  1. Don’t lie.
  2. Don’t forget to add crucial information such as the duration of your internships or locations
  3. Don’t mix pronouns and verbs or tenses in your bullet points
  4. Don’t include interests or hobbies except when common hobbies will get you extra score points. You have to know before you gamble.

How to write a good proposal for a Nabbesh job

The best way to land a job on is to keep your cover letter or proposal short. Competition is tough. Often, an employer might not look beyond the few lines that will appear in the email or web notifications.

Do upload your resume (in PDF format) to back up your said experience or your solution to the employer’s problem. Start with what you will do for the employer. Include any specificity if needed and then elaborate why you’re fit to do what you say you can do. Past experience is a great proof of skills. Online reference is always the best way to make fast decisions and make the employer hit the “short-list” button or write you a response.

Be very specific about your charges from your second or third paragraph. Don’t write more than you should. Every line should be in direct context to the job you’re applying to, otherwise, do omit it. It’s for your best interest.

Good Luck!


Still in school ? Why freelancing NOW is a great idea.

Freelancing is a great professional opportunity for students to start their career early. It is an accessible, compensated opportunity to start planning your career as you’re learning the first basic skills that are relevant to your major or career of interest.

Most majors in universities can lead to numerous career tracks. Starting work early while in school helps students to figure out a few questions they won’t have to answer later. Do I have any particular skills amongst my peers to land a job now? What industry offers me the most opportunities or the highest salary? Which career track is more challenging and suits me or my family? What is my learning curve with this particular job and how likely am I to be promoted in fewer years? All of these questions will have clearer answers once you have started work already.


Freelancing is a source of income you can re-invest in your education

All of the freelance positions available on freelance job marketplaces, such as UAE’s (or نبش) are compensated. You will not work for free. You can re-invest your earned money earned right back into your education. You can take more courses in your specialized field. You can take courses in leading job markets such as IT development or graphic design to land more jobs. You will lead a comfortable and autonomous young student life without exhausting your parents’ income.

Freelancing is both accessible and manageable

Freelance work is manageable alongside  your full-time studies since it is project-based and not hours-bound. As a full-time student, you might not have enough time to take on an internship during the school year. The best summer internships might be very competitive and employers might not take students who lack previous professional experience. Freelance work in your own chosen domain will provide you with the experience you need to land your dream internship. Freelance opportunities are more abundant than part-time jobs because you can work with anybody, any business anywhere. When freelancing, you certainly don’t have to log in a certain number of hours to earn your paycheck. You simply have to finish a job.

Freelance work is easy to reference to online

Most freelance job marketplaces such as Nabbesh’s provides you with a platform to build up your professional profile online, get reviews from previous employers and reference to previous work all in one place. It is a much straightforward, better designed resume than a regular paper resume. Future employers can vet your professional experiences in few clicks instead of awkward phone calls.

Field specialisation

Freelance work gives you the opportunity to specialise. It is better to learn how to excel at one skill or one industry than perform average at a set of unrelated skills. At least, that’s what PayPal’s co-founder, Peter Thiel, thinks. Thiel is a billionaire serial entrepreneur and investor. He knows better. Employers
tend to hire employees who are really good at something. Freelancing will introduce you to a range of different industries and a new set of required skills to fulfill new jobs and challenges. You will learn which job(s) you excel at, which industry interests you the most. You have control.

Building up a professional network

Starting work early helps you build up professional connections. You will connect with both employers and peers in your academic and professional field. Employers are more likely to hire freelancers on extended contracts or full-time positions they have tested on previous work projects. As you progress, you will learn who are the main actors in your chosen field in your local economy and hopefully connect with industry leaders.

Walk the freelancer walk? Nabbesh freelancers talk…

Ever wished you could get into the same elevator with a successful freelancer who has been on the job for  some time and actually survived to tell the tale? Ask them some questions about their experience and possibly receive some advice? Well, Nabbesh just made the chase much easier. We  sat down with three top freelancers* working in the Middle East. Enjoy their ‘ real life’ testimonials!

H.A., Magazine freelancer, based in Beirut, servicing clients in Lebanon and the broader Middle East (15 years)

I’ve been freelancing for about 15 years starting off by mixing it with full or part-timework but eventually going entirely freelance about eight years ago. The best thing is you get to dictate your schedule to a certain extent – take a coffee break, nap, go out, take a day off – these are all decisions you control, and even aspects such as if you want to work entirely in your pajamas from the comfort of your sofa. Yet while freelancing gives you flexibility, you may end up working more than if you were full-time — particularly if you work with clients who think nothing of dumping urgent jobs on you on a Friday evening. This makes it important to maintain a balance between being available and committed to your clients while ensuring you still have a personal life left.

…One of the big lessons to learn is when to say no. In the beginning you might feel like it’s
good to say yes to everything. You will reach a point, though, when you realize the great feeling that comes with saying no. Maybe the trickiest topic for any freelancer is how to gauge how much money to charge – and make sure that you get paid. Be smart in thinking how to secure compensation for your time. Always make sure the client gives you a firm and detailed brief. You will meet a lot of people who want something but don’t know how to express what they want and who are happy to send you off on a wild goose chase to find out, only to tell you when you have done all the work what exactly they had in mind was something altogether different. Your time is not free or limitless. Don’t accept a revised brief without explaining it will cost more.

Starting out on the right foot is the best way to minimize your time involvement and end up with a happy client – which as a freelancer is exactly what you should be aiming at.


Ramy K., graphic design and digital media freelancer, based in Jordan, servicing clients all over the Middle East and Australia (6 years)

In 2009, I was a graduate student studying in London when I first started helping some of my friends who still hadn’t graduated from university in Jordan. They would ask me to check a digital render, an illustration, weigh in on the choice of font or color, among others. I used to do it free of charge at first. A couple of months later one of my classmates noticed that I always had extra work. She looked at me and said, “You know, it would be great if those people you’re helping could at least buy you the coffee you order every time you come to the coffee shop to look over their projects.”

…It was hard for me to talk to people I knew—my friends—about it. I was surprised that almost all of them welcomed the idea and didn’t mind paying a fee for my services. They even started referring me to professionals in the field such as agency owners. I started a full-time job in 2012. Five months later, I had quit, purchased a new computer and a beautiful, wide desk and transitioned to freelance. I now work not only on small projects but also on large-scale campaigns and commit to long-term contracts.

I would say managing my time, prioritizing tasks, and knowing how to approach a client about suggestions and concerns have been the most challenging skills to acquire and develop, but I’m getting there.

Mehr Farahani, Magazine and technical reports writer, based in Beirut, servicing clients in Saudi Arabia/broader GCC and Europe (3 years)

I am fairly new to the freelance game—I started while based in Beirut in May 2012 after having lived in the West all my life, and I have been doing it full-time up until the present. If it’s done right it can be the best possible way to live: you get to schedule your own time, you can pick and choose what to take on, and you usually end up doing a wide range of work.


As a freelance writer, I feel like it is very similar to being in grad school — at least in terms of tempo and levels of stress. Despite my best efforts, I find I have to pull a few all-nighters a month just to get through my work. Most other freelancers I speak with have the same problem.

The most challenging thing about not working a 9-5 is being disciplined enough to stick to your deadlines. This requires a great deal of self-motivation and time management skills since you don’t have a boss over your shoulder policing you. If you can do that then working for yourself is the best possible way to live your life. Just remember: with freedom comes responsibility!



*The real names of the subjects have been replaced with pseudonyms.

Nabbesh to Switch Payment Service to Payoneer

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Nabbesh users around the world can now get paid for freelance jobs directly through our new payment system, Payoneer, who offer faster, more flexible, more secure and lower cost payment solutions to receive and withdraw money from Nabbesh.

After listening to your feedback about payment speed, convenience and the rising fees for money transfers, we have been looking for a fast and convenient way to offer savings to all users and are therefore very excited to announce this new update.

Payoneer’s Convenient Solutions

  • Receive your funds in minutes through the Payoneer MasterCard® Card
  • Receive your funds through the Local Bank Transfer Service for only $3

Why did Nabbesh Switch?

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Very Low Transfer Fees

Freelancers have so far been subject to approximately $10 USD internationally and $5 USD locally for money transfers. Payoneer will offer a flat fee of $3 USD for all payments of any size.

Time Consuming

Although previous payments like Western Union (WU) are seemingly fast, they require you to fill forms and physically be at WU offices or kiosks to receive your money. This will no longer be required as Payoneer will offer transfers directly from Nabbesh to your Payoneer account.

No Unnecessary Withdrawals

When a freelancer gets paid, you are required to withdraw the funds from WU into cash or deposit them into your account. Payoneer will allow you to keep money in your Payoneer account and withdraw it or spend it however and whenever you want.

Payoneer is Borderless

In some countries that do not have U.S affiliated banks, payment transfers and processing can be extremely difficult and expensive. Payoneer will allow Nabbesh to send quicker, easier and lower cost payments to all freelancers in over 200 countries, in over 150 currencies.

Payment Convenience

Payoneer users are offered a prepaid MasterCard® card. Nabbesh can pay you directly to your Payoneer account, enabling you to use your card to withdraw money from any ATM, or spend it directly in-store or online with anyone who accepts MasterCard, anywhere around the world.

Nabbesh will be rolling out this new service on 16th August, and we will be more than happy to answer all your question on the support line or on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Alternatively, you can also find details on FAQ page.

Nabbesh Payment Payoneer

To get started click on the register to Payoneer button on the banner above or go to your account settings and select the desired Payoneer service.

6 reasons why your email marketing might not be converting

This is a guest post by Uzair, who's is a passionate professional blogger who loves to write on technology and digital marketing related topics.

Predicting conversions though email marketing can be a tiresome job simply because the one thing that you can never predict is your receiver’s reaction upon receiving your emails. True you can optimize your emailing marketing strategies buy following relevant guides, but if you’re emails aren’t working then at the very least that does imply that you’re doing something wrong.Maybe one or more of the following.

Your emails just lack that ‘wow’ factor.

This may sound very generic, but the truth is if you aren’t experiencing any conversions via email marketing, then that means that people are either not impressed by your copy or are not opening the email altogether because this is after all one of the tools through which you can achieve superb SEO results.The subject line in this instance is obviously of more relevance since that is the first that receiver reads.

Take time to review your subject lines and the content your sending in emails. It needs to be concise, catchy and to an extent personalized to be able to stand out of a hundred other emails in someone’s inbox.

You’re not sticking to the subject

If that’s the case, then you’re terrible at marketing as well.

When a receiver opens an email after reading the subject line, her or she specifically looks for content that is related to the subject line in the email. You can have an email that has ‘wow’ written all over it, but if it does not have what the receiver is looking for after reading teh subject line, there’s no way  he’s coming back to you.

Your emails might be a tad bit overwhelming.

Emails that are high on visual design – also known as visual noise, tend to be a email killer too. Given that in today’s time most people access their email on a smart device or better said a small screen, too much clutter tends to overwhelm the receiver. Being overwhelmed by excessive design elements, visual, too many call-to-action options and the lack of simplicity can be a major turn off for the receiver.

Responsive design is great, but not for a crowded design and definitely not for an even more crowded email either.

More choices can be more costly.

Any and every marketer should know this – too many choices results in no choices at all. Surprisingly not many still follow this ideal. Maybe it’s the fact that having too much to sift through makes the receiver a bit confused or the fact that it just takes longer to go through that many options, you lose conversions either ways.

For instance Kickstarter – has so much going on at any given point. Yet the email they send out just has a limiting number of choices up on it; one heading, one visual and one week to check it out. And it takes hardly any time to process that information.

You might not be directing people properly.

When it comes to sending emails in the form of visual newsletters, one this that is important is the clarity and the path through which the actual message is delivered. This not only means that the call-to-action needs to be clearly visible, but it also means that your content has to be designed in such a way that effectively directs people to it. Naturally… if the receiver can’t figure out what, where and how to do it, you’re obviously not getting anything in return!

What’s in it for your receiver?

Saying that the receiver is selfish would be a bit of a stretch, but as recipients, the first thing we evaluate is what’s the message, what are we getting out of it, what’s in it for us… and most importantly why should we even care?

As marketers, all we do is promote our own products and services. What we fail to do is put ourselves in the receivers seat and assess what the receiver would actually want out of the whole process. and as a result, most receivers probably turn away as there’s nothing in it for them or their existence. A little giving always helps with a little taking.

So tell us… are your emails not converting because of what we just pointed out? 

Need to hire an email marketeer? Click here

Best 4 Arabic Translation Tools!

Living in the Middle East, you might have issues from time to time if you can’t speak or understand Arabic. Legal documents, traffic fines, contracts, etc might all be in Arabic and there would always be a need to either learn Arabic ( Its tough! ) or Hire a Arabic translator to back you up.

Its always great to have free tools around to help us in hard times but having too many tools puts the person in dilemma not knowing which tool to trust. The best way to tackle this would be go through some reviews and get started.

Although its always best to hire a human arabic translator, there are more than a few great Arabic translation tools out there and my aim is to help you decide which one to use. I will take sample text and paste then across different tools and see which one returns the best results.

Hire Arabic Translator

No matter how many tools you try, I know it for a fact that you will never get anything perfect because computers can understand words but understanding the context of the document, article or sentence is something only humans can do. Get started by finding some of the best Arabic to English translators here;

Now lets get started with some of the Best and Free arabic translation tools. I have selected a paragraph that has a few repeating words with different context so see how smart these tools are.

Top 4 Free Arabic Translation Tools

#1 – Google Translate

English to Arabic Translation

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The arabic translation says I “cant” pay someone to do it. I want to hire, but I can’t really pay. The word “charge” was translated correctly but not accurately. It translated “charge” as in charging a mobile or any other electronic device. Finally, the paragraph is incomplete and ends with out the object and doesn’t define what exactly is needed.

Should you use it ? Yeah! but never rely on it.

Arabic to English Translation

Now lets try the other way around. I have translated the text in Arabic manually but lets see how well can the tool translate.

Best Arabic to English translation tool

A few minor mistakes but works very well and would definitely do the job.

#2 – Babylon Translator

English to Arabic Translation

Babylon English to Arabic translation

The translation is incomplete and hard to understand. However, it was smart enough to understand and identify the tool’s name ( Microsoft Word ) and did not translate it. 

Arabic to English Translation

Babylon Arabic to English Translation

A little more than a few minor mistakes. The reader might not get the translation at first but its almost there.

#3 – SystraNET Arabic translator

English to Arabic Translation

Systranet English to Arabic translation

The translation is meaning less. I would never use this tool again knowing how bad it is.

Arabic to English Translation

SYSTRANet Arabic to English translation

This makes no sense too but I find it quite funny. I might be using it over the weekend with my little brother to have a little fun.

#4 – Bing Arabic Translator

Bing English to Arabic Translation 

Bing English to Arabic Translation

It translated “instructions” instead of “help” implying that I only need a little guidance but I can do the translation myself. It also translated “someone pays” instead of “pay someone”. Next, it says “how much will you accuse” instead of “how much (money) will you charge”. Lastly, its incomplete. A complete translation would mention the object again in the end of the sentence i.e. “how quickly can you complete THE WORK” while the translation ends The translation says: “how fast can you complete”

Bing Arabic to English Translation

Bing English TranslatorThis is pretty accurate. I would definitely rate this as the best Arabic to English translator.

The results

I have mentioned a couple of times above but I’d like to mention it again, hire a translator! They aren’t really expensive and could give you quality work. A student in Egypt would cost you a few buks for every 50 to 100 words but if you were to use a free arabic translation tool, I’d prefer to use Google for English to Arabic and Bing for Arabic to English translations.

If you are a translator, you may start by Finding Arabic translation jobs.

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Freelancing in the Middle East? Follow these 4 tips to get started!


The path to freelancing isn’t necessarily a straight one. People turn to freelancing at various junctures in their lives but one thing is for sure, it is always an option. Freelancing simply means that you are not committed to one employer and you get to “choose” what you want to work on, at a time that works for you.

Becoming a freelancer in the Middle East can be challenging since we still lack the “freelance” mindset and the infrastructure to support freelancers is somewhat nascent. Building on our experience at, we offer you 4 tips to get started!

Make sure you love what you do: Freelancing is a long and often lonely path, it is one thing to muster the motivation get started but the real test starts when you hit your first road block and whether or not you will have the resilience to keep going. When you are passionate about your work, you will go the extra mile to present your skills in the most professional way, you will take ownership of your work and the promises you make to clients and you will certainly start reaping the results when your clients start raving about you! Success won’t happen over night, but if you love your work, it most certainly will.

Related Article : How to find your passion to become a successful writer

Know the value of your work: Start by researching the market before you price your services. It could be as simple as asking friends and colleagues, or approaching potential clients to get an idea about budgets. Have a clear price range in mind and negotiate within that range. Setting low prices can hurt your income and demotivate you while setting high prices may drive clients away. If this is your first attempt at freelancing, be willing to take on a few jobs at a discount in order to to get the ball rolling and give you momentum but be clear with your clients and let them know that this is an introductory offer!

Related Article : You won’t pay me?! Nabbesh freelancers reveal the top 10 excuses used by clients to avoid payment.

Choose the right platform to get started: Freelancing is no longer dependent on your circle of family and friends, you have at your disposal several local and global “online work” marketplaces to get you started! A marketplace drastically increases your exposure to a wide network of clients and provides you with a steady stream of projects/ jobs that you can choose from. Decide which marketplace is the right one for you, factors include your skills and level of experience, your preferred type of client, your preferred method of work i.e. do you want on-site projects or pure virtual work? Once you make the decision, spend some time building a quality profile as most marketplaces have algorithms that provide more visibility to freelancers with quality profiles versus bad or incomplete profiles.

Complete profile on Nabbesh

Build your reputation: We could not stress how important this is! Marketplaces like offer a rating & review mechanism for you to start building your online reputation. This tool provides an unbiased assessment of your work and clients will consider it when they are assessing different applicants. If you were to hire someone to do a simple task, wouldn’t you want to hire the person with the best reviews? How about if you were a company looking to hire an expert for a $5000 project? Your reputation is not only your gateway to more work, but it also means better clients and higher value projects.

Online work marketplaces have taken freelancing to the next level! It is now easy and safe for anyone with an internet connection to get access to thousands if not millions of potential clients and start earning an income fast!

Do you have freelancing stories you would like to share? Then write us at

Rolling Up Their Sleeves: Online, Arab Women Master Their Own Fate

“My dream is to have a source of income to cover my basic needs without the need to rely on my family or others but by relying on only myself,” Fatma Alqarra, a 25-year-old from Khan Younis in the Gaza strip, told me.

Last April I hired Fatma online via, an online work marketplace I co-founded with my Syrian partner, Rima Al Sheikh in 2012. I was looking for someone to translate a blog post and Fatma had the experience to do the job: she had been doing translation and content writing for a while and she delivered great work. Only later did I discover that her degree was actually in computer engineering — a field where she’d been unable to find a job living in Gaza. “This is the state of all students after graduation” she said.

Read the complete article by clicking here

Arabic Translation: Not as easy as أ ب ت (ABC)

This is a guest post from Naila Missous, a writer and a translator of Arabic, French and English. Find her tweeting at @N_MissousKadry or hire her on Nabbesh

Translation is an art: yes, an art. In order to get from one language, to the other, and convey the same message, one must hold close the message yet seamlessly glide from the original language to the target language.

The modern day translator seems to have every tool at his or her fingertips. From online resources, dictionaries and dictation software, what could possibly go wrong?

Arabic translatorsThe languages of Arabic and English belong to two different settings and different language families. Arabic is classified as a member of the Semitic family of languages, English as a member of the Indo-European language family. Arabic is defined here as the official language spoken in more than 15 countries in the Middle East. English is an Indo-European language and the official language of Britain, the United States, and most of the commonwealth countries. Syntactically, Arabic and English exhibit different word orders. Arabic is, for the most part, a synthetic language. Phonologically, Arabic and English have different phonemic inventories. And I could go on.

Translation is one of the most difficult and slippery areas within the realm of languages. It’s a mix of interpretation, as well as being concise in the delivery of the message. One of its difficulties lies in that understanding the linguistic units is not enough to translate successfully. Not everyone who is a native speaker of English can translate into English, and the same goes for Arabic. That is to say, the grammatical rules would be of no help and may be useless if the rules of use are not taken into consideration. It’s a lot more than translating from one word to another, but more a grounding in both languages.


Related post: How I turned a Passion into a Job: My Journey to Freelance Writing

The problem lies in that some native speakers think that having the language alone will make them a novice translator. Often many overlook the fact that translation is an act of communication which calls upon both language appropriate use and correct usage in order to reach an acceptable and agreeable translation. That means Google translate will never get it quite right!

Our job, as the “middle man” between Arabic and English is not by any means, to disregard the culture of either the source or the target text when translating since there is no clear cut delimitation between language and culture. This entails that pragmatics heavily influences the translation “validity” and, therefore, professional and even novice translators are required to take into consideration the pragmatic aspects in order to promote their performance. Words that don’t exist in one language, social ideas that can’t be expressed into the other language and so forth all have to be considered in order to produce a valid piece of translation.

On top of that, many clients looking for Arabic translators these days also specify who their audience is, and in what region of the Arabic speaking world. That means that some want their document or website to be translated into an Arabic that a Gulf audience will understand, or Egyptian and so forth. Though many variants of Arabic are not written directly in script (for example that of Algeria, Tunisia etc), some translators do cater to very specific jobs. Again, this all comes down to the skills, talent and fluency in various Arabic forms by the translator.

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As with any job, the difficulties are overshadowed by the completed task and the end result. The job allows you to exercise your language skills, as well as the cultural aspects of knowing a language, not just speaking it. We are usually better informed and can adapt this into the translation; engaging in not only the beauty of a language, but the people who use it, too. We are able to read foreign newspapers, or even watch news on TV in the given languages.

And that is a major advantage these days. To me, it will always be a positive to be able to move from one language to the next: each translation jobs offers new vocabulary to be learnt, news ways of writing and new connections.
Arabic is one word that covers a region and language that needs a dictionary to portray it.

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