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Why Should Translators Write?

A translator extracts meanings from one language and delivers them in another. This process requires both the language proficiency to understand what is being said and the writing skills to express what is to be said. While most translators have a solid command of their source and target languages, it is often the writing part that sets the masterly translators apart from the rest. A good translator is a good writer, without exception. A proven way to becoming a better writer—and henceforth a better translator—is to be a diligent one. As a translator specializing in international affairs and politics, I always recommend writing book reviews, reflections on translation, and research papers. T