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Mentoring in troubled times
 

By Steve Doswell, CIOL Chair of Council


Today, 17 January 2024, is International Mentoring Day – a day to celebrate the power and impact of mentoring in personal growth and development, our working lives, education and in building our communities. 

CIOL offers a free Mentoring platform, supported by an expert UK-based third-...

Published on Wednesday, 17 January 2024 - 11:55am
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By Mark Robinson


I like to think that we’re ahead of the AI (artificial intelligence) curve in the world of professional translation. We have had a form of AI – neural machine translation – around for a few years now, and it has become a helpful tool for professional linguists - in certain circumstances only, and for appropriate projects with careful checking. The large...

Published on Tuesday, 17 October 2023 - 12:37pm
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By Dr Joseph Lambert
 

"Happy robots” - AI and robots are now literally everywhere..! Photo from Joseph’s recent trip to Copenhagen.


What are the biggest threats and opportunities to you as a professional freelance translator today? Are you happy with your rates of pay and working conditions? What is the longer-term outlook for the...

Published on Thursday, 12 October 2023 - 10:42am
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By Giulia Lucania


Food conveys history, identity and tradition. These aren’t just empty terms, they symbolise worlds whose stories are just waiting to be told.

Translating and writing for the food and beverage industry isn’t always a piece of cake. It has two main flavours, technical and creative. This sector is brimming with lots of different text types, from...

Published on Thursday, 5 October 2023 - 11:01am
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By Diana Singureanu

This article is written in response to WIRED's Pro Interpreters vs AI Challenge, referenced within the article

Translators and interpreters have been conscious of the threat of AI for some time. Many view the question of whether machine interpretation will take our jobs as a when rather than an if. I must also declare I'm sceptical that machine...

Published on Wednesday, 30 August 2023 - 12:00pm
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By Anna Ostrovsky

How languages shape our identity

Growing up in Germany as a Russian native speaker I would work diligently on eliminating my jarring Russian accent. From reciting Rilke to pre-meditating set phrases until I would feel safe enough to speak up in class: self-conscious and attuned to the slightest reaction to the slightest nuance in my speech, I would make...

Published on Wednesday, 2 August 2023 - 11:38am
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By Professor Michelle Sheehan
 

What is important about linguistics in successful language teaching, and how can the new Manifesto from the Linguistics in Modern Foreign Languages Project help to promote that?

 

Learning to speak a language is intoxicatingly wonderful. As a lifelong language-learning addict, I like nothing better than realising I can express...

Published on Tuesday, 4 July 2023 - 10:25am
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By Dr Mariam Aboelezz 

Before I moved to the UK 16 years ago, I used to work as a legal translator in the UAE. I was a ‘sworn’ translator; that is, I had passed rigorous examination and taken an oath at the UAE Ministry of Justice to allow me to provide certified translations. It is a professional practice found in many countries to ensure the quality of high-stakes translations...

Published on Wednesday, 21 June 2023 - 9:02am
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By Vasiliki Prestidge



If you are a translator who provides certified translation, I am sure you have spent endless hours explaining to your clients what certified translation means, how it is done, what is an Apostille stamp and more. So much so that you are possibly tired and do not want another phone call from a client asking the same thing again and again.

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Published on Monday, 22 May 2023 - 11:58am
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What is Certified English?

As the global professional body for linguists, we at the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL) are excited to introduce Certified English. This speaking test is designed to provide advanced adult speakers of English as a second or additional language with an opportunity to...

Published on Tuesday, 16 May 2023 - 10:59pm
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