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Issue 004. 2012 December Bible.org Translator's Newsletter

Dear Translator's and those interested in Translating:

Welcome,

This month we are pleased to share that we were able to post a Vietnamese translation of our “God’s Plan of Salvation” gospel article. This was our first article translated into Vietnamese! Thank you Diep.

We were also able to post an Italian version of an article by Greg Herrick on Suffering. Understanding God’s perspective on suffering and the comfort He provides is so important for Christians—especially in a world full of pain, suffering, persecution and the ever-present consequences of sin. Thank you Giovanni.

New to Translating for Bible.org?

For those of you who are new to our translation effort here are the steps for getting started:

  1. Create an account with Bible.org.
  2. Fill out our Volunteer form.
  3. Join our Translator's group.
  4. Pick and Translate an article while following our guidelines.
  5. Contact me with questions as needed and to let me know which article you will be translating!

Hints and Tips

Translating can be a tough job. Correctly understanding what is being originally said is crucial to being able to translate it accurately into the second language. When dealing with the Bible and theological studies words are often used that are not used in everyday activity. To help you with this here are a few links to online dictionaries and resources that may be of help should you need some clarification on the English side:

Bible.org’s Dictionary database, 6 dictionaries accessible through one search function.

Dictionary of Theology by the Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry.

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, an old but good dictionary that took into account English theological definitions quite well.

Oxford Dictionaries, a good general English dictionary.

Dictionary.com, another helpful online dictionary.

If you know of other online resources that are helpful (whether in English, or on the second language side of the process) please share them with everyone else in our group post on this topic.

Awarding Faithfulness

This month we had the joy of giving out three more awards for translation efforts. One was an award for previous translations work, and two were for new work. We are delighted to welcome new translators, and excited to see previous translators continue to minister in this way.

If you have not received an award certificate and the appropriate ePub books for your past translation efforts be sure to contact us and enroll in this retroactive award program.

For details on our Award program see the post in our Translator's Group.

Special News

We have much to be thankful for—as I was recently reminded by a new article I posted— and you, our translators, are high on that list. We are also very thankful to everyone who was involved with our fundraising campaign last month. We were able to raise over $380,000. We are very appreciative of the Lord’s provision through many individuals. (If you missed it and would like to make a year end donation see our Donation page.)

Need help, have questions, or prefer to meet in real time?

I am available and would love to answer any questions you might have. We do have a Frequently Asked Questions section on our Group page, but you can always send me an email! I can also be available through Skype for a voice or chat conversation. Simply let me know through email that you would like to talk and we will get it worked out.

As you begin to get involved, be sure to check out the “Introductions” post in the group. There we can begin to get to know one another as we share this ministry together.

I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you in our translator’s group!

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