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Episode 172: An Amazingly Fast and Almost Free Way to Specialize – Interview with Andriy Yasharov

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Some people say you don’t have to specialize if you are working in a small language pair. I believe you can benefit a lot from specializing, no matter what language combination or language “size”. In this episode I’m interviewing another freelance translator. He gave a great talk about an amazingly fast and almost free way to specialize.

Important things mentioned in this episode:

  • The fastest way to specialize
  • How location can affect your specialization
  • Choosing a specialization
  • How to improve or build our specialization

Useful link mentioned in this episode:

I’ve had requests to feature other “regular” freelance translators, how they got started and built their business. This time we got some great tips on how to specialize. I have given talks about specializing, especially how to use your specialization as a unique selling point. By specializing we can become both a better and faster translator, and we can collaborate with other translators for the areas we don’t specialize in. Don’t you agree?


I am a freelance English to Russian/Ukrainian translator with 13 years of professional experience in the industry. During my translation career, I changed several specializations at which I excelled. Many years ago, I used to translate in the education sector for educational institutions. A few years later, I became a translator for the steelmaking industry. In 2010 I went abroad to work as a translator for businesses engaged in coal mining. And it wasn’t until 2013 that I became what I am now: a life sciences translator. Want to learn more about me? Check out my ProZ.com profile.


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