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Complete Blogging Translators' Toolkit - your chance to WIN!

Do you remember me talking about interviews with great blogging translators? I said then that they were all a part of our new project. Well, now I am ready to announce that our Complete Blogging Translators' Toolkit is ready! It is a whole set of products including:
1. Full comprehensive online video training in setting up wordpress – the most widely used blogging platform on the web.
2. A parallel training course on what to avoid with wordpress. If you are new to DIY webdesign – The course will show you how to develop a knock out site – straight off the bat and keeping the newbie mistakes at bay.
3. Blogging translator star interviews – 3 x mp3 interviews with BIG HITTING blogging translators who share their blogging experience and useful tips. 
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4. A comprehensive pdf manual crammed with cheat sheets, links to blogging resources, shortcuts and time savers
5. 30 days free membership to our blogging translator support group. Every month we meet up online to discuss trends in blogging, offer advice and support.

We have done our very best to make this toolkit as valuable as possible. And now we are giving you a chance to WIN it! Please go to this page of Sharp End Training Russia website and you will see the contest widget. You can enter by either sending a tweet about the contest or by "liking" it on Facebook. The contest will run for a week and then the winner will be picked randomly by the system.

I can't wait to see who the winner is! Good luck!
  

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1. Russian has about 500,000 words, but only 2,000-2,500 of them are used frequently. 100 most frequently used words make 20% of all written and oral speech. A high school graduate's vocabulary usually has 1,500 to 4,000 words. Those who have graduated from a higher educational institution normally have a richer vocabulary consisting of approximately 8,000 words.
2. It's compulsory for all astronauts in the international space station to learn Russian, so we can call it an international language of space :)

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We are humans and we screw up many times!

And receiving a negative feedback about your translation work if one of them.

As translation professionals, we work daily with people from different cultures and backgrounds. So, it is quite important to keep a level of etiquette while we do our business communication.

Whatever your years of experience or your educational background, there are times when daily life affects our business badly. It is how we react to these situations what makes a big difference between professional translation service providers and those who are not.

I was lucky enough when I started my translation career back in 2004 to read about the “A Complaint Is a Gift” business book and receive my training by a true professional Arabic translator.

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