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ENGLISH-CZECH COVID-19 GLOSSARY continued

Figure 2: Working on file alignment using LogiTerm Pro

both in English and in Czech and the
European Union legislation), I use
automated term extraction. To do that,
I first align the documents to create a
bilingual (.tmx) file. There are a number
of tools allowing us to do this but my tool
of choice is LogiTerm Pro by Terminotix,3
which I find very fast, accurate and quite
painless to use. (See Figure 2 at left.)
(As an aside, I learned about this tool at
ATA's Annual Conference in San Diego in
2012 and am still congratulating myself
on attending that conference and that
particular panel discussion where I was
introduced to it.)
I then use SynchroTerm, also by
Terminotix, to identify term candidates
that I'll evaluate and then extract
those terms I find suitable. (See Figure
3 at left.)

FINDING EQUIVALENTS IN THE
SECOND LANGUAGE

Figure 3: Automated term candidate identification in SynchroTerm
medical professionals. For example, what
a protective gown is called by a national
standard for personal protective equipment
might be completely different than what
medical professionals actually call it.
A great stream of good sources for
terminology research also comes from
my wife, who is a nutrition therapist and
stays informed of the latest developments
as a part of her work. She forwards me
interesting articles she comes across for
me to read and research the terminology.
I find this a great help because identifying
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good sources can be quite timeconsuming as there is so much out there.

EXTRACTING TERMINOLOGY
I usually use the manual method: when
I see an interesting term, I simply copy
it into an Excel spreadsheet. I don't do
terminology research at the time of term
extraction, so this spreadsheet has rows of
Czech terms without English equivalents
and vice versa.
If I come across bilingual sources
(notably international guidelines available

I wanted to start this section with "And
now for the fun part!" but actually the
term extraction and the source reading
prior to it were fun as well.4 But really, this
part is when glossary creation gets to be
its most interesting.
When I have enough terms identified in
individual languages (in the first iteration
of my glossary, this was 100 terms
and the next two updates were several
times larger), I treat the lists of terms as
translation projects.
I have a COVID-19 translation project
created in my CAT tool (I use SDL Trados
Studio5), one for each language direction
(English>Czech and Czech>English). I
add the lists of terms into these projects
as translatable files and start "translating."
(See Figure 4 on page 37.) This allows
me to use the functionality of the
translation tool, such as concordance
search and termbase connectivity.
Termbases are shared by the projects
regardless of language direction, and I
have my COVID-19 glossary assigned as
a termbase to my translation projects and
update it often, which allows me to see
right away if I have already researched a
certain term.
One tool I must mention here is
IntelliWebSearch6, which greatly increases
the speed of web searches. I can easily do
several dozen searches when researching
each term. If I didn't have this tool
with its automatic customized search
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