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On the Newspaper

It is such a great honor for me to have my profile published on the local daily newspaper, Pikiran Rakyat, on Wednesday, 3 September 2014.

My deepest appreciation goes to Mr. Imam Jahrudin Priyanto, the article’s writer.

Hopefully, I will be able to become a much better and improved translator in the future and HPI becomes more prominent.

Enjoy the article!


TransCon 2014

Invitation to TransCon 2014 – as Observers

The Department of Applied English Linguistics (LTBI) of the Graduate School of Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia, is inviting you to participate in:

TransCon 2014

The 4th Atma Jaya International Conference in Translation & Interpretation Studies
13 September 2014
“Empowering Translators: The Art of Thriving in the Translation Industry.”

The Department of Applied English Linguistics (LTBI), Graduate School of Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia, invites all those interested in translation and interpretation studies as well as those working in the industry to participate in TransCon 2014.

There are three different events you can attend in TransCon 2014. The Main Conference purely focuses on a wide range of aspects of translation and interpretation studies. In addition to the Main Conference, we also invite all professional translators/interpreters to submit an abstract and share their professional experiences and expertise in the Professional Sharing Sessions. It is always interesting to hear a small episode of a professional translator’s life: the challenges in the translation industry and strategies to cope with the issues. Furthermore, in TransCon 2014, participants are privileged to attend a Legal Translation Workshop, during which they will be introduced to the common issues and challenges of legal translation (Indonesian <> English) through translation practice and feedback from the authority.

This TransCon 2014 is therefore especially targeted at both novice and sophisticated translators, academics, researchers, students, aspiring translators or interpreters. They will be able to explore the theoretical aspects of translation and interpretation and at the same time gain hands-on skills and tips from professional translators.

Sekolah Pascasarjana, Building C, 8th Floor, Kampus Unika Atma Jaya,
Jl. Jenderal Sudirman 51, Jakarta Selatan.
Saturday, 13 September 2014 08.00 – 16.30 WIB

Dr. Sugeng Hariyanto (State Polytechnic of Malang) teaches Translation Studies at the Graduate Program of the Faculty of Culture Studies, University of Brawijaya, Malang and English for Marketing at the State Polytechnic of Malang. He is also an English-Indonesian translator, localizer, and transcreator. His research interest includes translation, localization, translation teaching, and applied linguistics in business communication. His thought on translation competence, principles, and processes of website localization is presented in his Website Translation and Localization (2014), a revised and enriched version of Website Translation (2014).

John H. McGlynn, an American-born resident of Indonesia, is the translator of several dozen publications. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, with a Master’s degree in Indonesian language and literature. As Director of Publications of the Lontar Foundation, a literary institution he co-founded in 1987, he has brought into print more than 150 books on Indonesian literature and culture by more than 250 Indonesian authors.


Evand Halim (Graduate School of Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia) is currently teaching Translation in the Master’s degree program, Department of Applied English Linguistics, Graduate School of Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia. Evand is also Vice Chair of the Competency and Certification Committee at the Association of Indonesian Translators (HPI). He is charged with developing and administering the National Certification Examination for Indonesian translators. Additionally, Evand is widely recognized today as a prominent authority on legal translation in Indonesia, having a host of teaching experiences in various governmental, non-governmental, and private organizations as well as law firms.


• Students (Indonesian nationals): IDR 350,000
• Indonesian Nationals: IDR 600,000
• Foreign Nationals (students and non-students): USD 70
* HPI Members: IDR 500,000

*The fee will cover a conference kit, proceedings, lunch, snacks, and a certificate


If you are interested in attending TransCon 2014, please sign up immediately, for seats are limited. To register, please complete the attached Registration Form and pay the registration fee either in cash or by bank transfer. If you pay by bank transfer, kindly make payment to our account as described below:

Bank: CIMB Niaga
Beneficiary: Yayasan Atma Jaya
Account No. 440-01-00473-00-4
write your name for TransCon 2014

and kindly deliver the completed registration form together with a copy of the bank payment slip:

(i) directly to Sekretariat Sekolah Pascasarjana Unika Atma Jaya, Building C, 7th Floor, Jl. Jenderal Sudirman Kav. 51, Jakarta Selatan
(ii) by email to;
(iii) by facsimile to (021) 574-1841 (attn. Katrin/TransCon 2014 – your name).

To get the flyer and registration form, please send an email to

Translation: Revisited

To be a translator is not easy. No fence to entry into translation as a profession makes newcomers confident that being bilingual only will do. However, it demands more than that and one must not expect this to be that simple.

Translators must bear in mind that they must not raise any credibility issue with their clients in terms of language. In the case of Indonesia, the most popular language pair in demand is English-Indonesian where hundreds of translators jump in without deeper knowledge on English grammar, let alone specific knowledge. Having a degree and/or credentials in language will be of much help not only in terms of high quality output but also in terms of reasonable, premium rates. Translators must also avoid fatal typos in any correspondence with clients and in works submitted.

Knowledge in specific fields is the next determinant of becoming a successful translator. Translators must realize that each field has a set of vocabulary to be grasped before accepting real jobs. Such knowledge will help translators to best translate terms from the source language into the target language without any blunders in jargon. Nevertheless, as translators are not experts, and do not have to be ones, my legal translator facilitator and mentor, Evand Halim, wisely emphasized that “a translator is not an expert who knows everything, but one who knows where to go when in trouble”. This is why a good translator is a good researcher, who will find myriad ways to conquer difficult terminologies.

As being specialized does not mean confined, one translator can specialize in a number of areas so long as s/he uses their best efforts to gain [more than] sufficient knowledge on those areas. In this case, note that a translator needs to identify the field in which s/he has the strongest skill, and then the fields of interest.

Also, capacity enhancement through courses and training will create competent translators. I, being specialized in legal translation (and oil and gas translation as my immediate field of interest), took legal translation courses and legal English test for my credentials in a prominent private university in Indonesia. I then realized the need to refresh and simultaneously hone my English grammar skill and knowledge in addition to those I acquired during my college years in the English Department of UNPAD. I consequently attended an English grammar course for writers and translators in the same private university above with the same facilitator.

Since there is more knowledge and stricter competition now, specialization has taken on new significance. By specialization, more efficient translation can then be ensured because translators are familiar and contented with the material being translated. Not only does specialization benefit translators, it also helps clients choose the right translators for their projects. Using CAT tools adds to the skills not only to meet the increasing requirements but also to help boost the productivity of translators. These are, among others, the reasons why HPI (Association of Indonesian Translators) builds Indonesian Directory of Translators and Interpreters as the database for users to easily find credible translators matching their needs.

Last but not least, though rarely exposed, talent is important. Talents for languages and writing play a vital role to translators to ensure readability of their outputs and to stand out from the crowd.

Buku Bahtera 3: Pesona Penyingkap Makna

Mengawali tahun 2013 yang belum lama kita masuki, milis penerjemah Bahtera kembali meluncurkan buku kumpulan tulisan para anggotanya. Buku pertama, Tersesat Membawa Nikmat (TMN), yang terbit pada tahun 2009, didominasi oleh penuturan para penerjemah dan juru bahasa tentang perjalanan karier mereka yang seolah diawali secara tidak sengaja. Buku kedua, Menatah Makna (MM), yang terbit pada tahun 2011, menekankan unsur keterampilan dan kerja keras serta ‘jam terbang’ yang dijalani pelaku profesi ini dalam kegiatan usaha mereka sebagai penyampai makna. Buku ke-3 dengan tajuk Pesona Penyingkap Makna (PPM) ingin lebih menekankan sisi daya tarik profesi ini yang menyebabkan beberapa penulis dengan yakin dan percaya diri beralih profesi.

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My Online Profiles

To have online profiles on the Internet is a big MUST for translators nowadays. Let me tell you the reasons:

  1. Online profiles will globally increase the presence and exposure of translators; therefore, it is called a smart online global marketing strategy.
  2. It will be easier for clients around the world to find and assess translators based on their needs and requirements.

Realizing that excellent online profiles are vital and they are keys to my success, I make some profiles accessible by the general public, especially by clients who are in need of a quality translator like me. 😉
You can find me in SiHaPeI, Proz, TranslatorsCafe, and LinkedIn.

Happy clicking and do not hesitate to contact me should you have documents to be translated! 🙂

A Legal Translator


This is the answer to my dream.

I finally become a legal translator (English into Indonesian vv) instead of a general translator. My involvement in Bahtera mailing list of translators and HPI (Association of Indonesian Translators) takes me to a new level of awareness on specialization.

Following up such awareness, I took basic to advanced legal translation courses in Atma Jaya Catholic University in 2012 with Evand Halim as the fabulous facilitator. The certificates awarded for completing the three-level course spoil me as a legal translator with strong credentials, in addition to the recent AJLET (Atma Jaya Legal English Test) Score Report on January 2013.

My knowledge on legal translation has been increasing, e.g. on certificates (birth, death, marriage), certificates of heirship, contracts/agreements, civil and criminal proceedings, etc. Such knowledge and my willingness to always learn are certainly of high importance to me. And that makes me a quality legal translator as reflected on my premium rates.

This is a bona fide article. IT IS.

Forget the Hurt

Someday, we’ll forget the hurt, the reason we cried and who caused us pain.
We will finally realize that the secret of being free is not revenge, but letting things untold in their own way and own time.
After all, what matters is not the first, but the last chapter of our life which shows how well we ran the race.
So smile, laugh, forgive, believe and love all over again.
– Unknown –

Yeah, the quote is so true.

Hardships knock on my door. Bitter tears roll down my cheek. I was, and still am, exposed to ridicule and underestimation.

But, then, my eyes are full of sweet, happy tears knowing that God is always with me and carries me to make it through those hard times.

Forget the hurt, smile, and look to the future. 🙂