To provide ProZ.com members with the option of having their native language(s) verified by native-speaking peers.
When hiring translators or interpreters, some clients have preferences or requirements pertaining to native language. Obtaining verification of one's native language(s) from peers is a way to increase confidence in one's services among some such clients.
No. Native language is only one factor that a client might consider when hiring a translator or interpreter. This program narrowly addresses that one factor. (For other screening programs, see the ProZ.com Certified PRO Network and ProZ.com Pools.)
ProZ.com members who are Standard or Plus subscribers, or who have participated in the program by verifying the native languages of three or more peers.
It is up to you. Declaring a single native language (which can not easily be changed) is regarded by some as similar in effect to verification -- that is why the same color is used -- so the benefit of applying may be moderate for you. That said, there is no harm in applying and you are not prevented from doing so.
By default, ProZ.com paying members (both business and professional) can access and search by this information. In addition, the verified status is shown, to all visitors, in the profiles.
A person who wishes to have his or her native language verified is asked to create a recording, using an internet browser or the ProZ.com mobile app (planned), of his or her spoken responses to certain conversation prompts. The recording is made available to reviewers, who may express opinions on whether or not the speaker is native. If consensus exists among reviewers that the person is a native speaker, the applicant is considered to be a verified native speaker for the purposes of this program.
Applicants are invited to tell stories, jokes, riddles, etc. Try to make the recordings fun for reviewers!
A few minutes.
A person can serve as a reviewer in a given language if (i) he or she is a verified native speaker of that language, or (ii) he or she has declared that language as his or her only native language.
Reviewers are asked to decide whether or not a person is a native speaker based solely on their review of the recordings. They are asked to use their own personal definition of "native speaker". Access is not given to the name, location, or other characteristics of the applicant.
Whenever possible, recordings are submitted to review by peers who not only speak the language in question, but also the variant that the applicant has declared.
The program relies on consensus, so simply use your own instincts. If the speaker sounds native to you, select that. (And vice versa.)
Select the “Not sure” option. Comments are helpful when selecting this option.
There is a response provided for that, too.
People tend to participate in programs such as this for differing reasons. Some wish to contribute according to the overall goals of the program. Others may simply find it interesting to listen to the stories or jokes shared. Those who submit a review will be awarded 100 BrowniZ points for their participation.
Reviewers do not know the identity of the people they are reviewing. However, a reviewer can opt to have his or her identity disclosed to an applicant upon positive completion of an application. In this way, there is the potential in the program for a bit of networking.
A few minutes.
Reviews are sought from multiple parties. Control applications (i.e., applications from known-native and known-non-native speakers) may also be used. Reviewers whose judgments tend not to be supported by either facts or consensus may be removed from the reviewer pool.
No, reviews are not revealed to the applicant. Applicants are simply told the result of their verification request.
Yes. To appeal a decision, enter a support ticket.
Yes. Applicants are asked to indicate which variant of the language most closely characterizes their own speech. Reviewers are drawn from among speakers of that variant.
In this program, a determination is made as to whether or not a given person is a native speaker of a given language. The program does not address writing ability or other skills important in translation.
Yes, there will be applications submitted by non-native speakers for the explicit purposes of monitoring and controlling quality.
Preliminary program experience suggests that verification confidence is lower when the variant of the applicant and the reviewer differs.
No, the variant you select when requesting native language verification will not affect the variant you have listed in your profile (nor will it add a variant to your profile if you have not listed one).
Verification can be requested in any language and variant. However, because the program relies on peer review, verification will be completed only when a sufficient number of reviewers has been accessed. For this reason there is no guarantee with regard to the length of the review process.
Nothing. Your language will not be subject to review. The program will have no direct effect on you or your profile.
Yes. Go to http://www.proz.com/settings/languages.
First, make sure that you have declared not only your native language, but also the applicable variant. Then go to http://www.proz.com/native-language-verification/reviews to see if there are any applications in that variant.
Thank you. Please either share your feedback/suggestion publicly in the dedicated forum thread, or privately to ProZ.com staff members via a support ticket: http://www.proz.com/support.