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Caroline Makropoulos MCIL CL visits the Greek Royal Cemetery at Tatoi.

Nestled in the depths of the forest of the Tatoi Estate, at the foothills of Mount Parnitha on the north edge of Athens, lies the little-known Greek Royal Cemetery of the palaia anaktora (old palace), as it is known. Bought by the royal family at the end of the 19th century as a summer retreat, the grounds of this...

Published on Wednesday, 24 August 2022 - 4:41pm
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The 2022 David Crystal Award winner reveals how languages have driven all aspects of his life, from growing up in Liverpool to becoming Bishop of Leeds

Can you tell us a little about yourself and how you came to be a linguist?

Well, I grew up in Liverpool and went to a comprehensive school. It was an inspiring German teacher who really got me hooked on languages. Being a lad in...

Published on Friday, 29 July 2022 - 3:38pm
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Three members share their highlights from CIOL Conference 2022.

There was a tangible air of excitement at etc.venues St Paul’s when the doors opened on 11 March to CIOL’s Conference 2022 and around 200 delegates arrived on day one of what, for many, was their first in-person event in over two years. The video crew and photographer captured the ambiance of the two-day event in central...

Published on Wednesday, 13 July 2022 - 4:33pm
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R B Lemberg considers their translations of Ukrainian war poets, which reflect their own emotional response to the original poems.

On 24 February 2022, the Russian Federation mounted a brutal, full-scale military invasion against Ukraine. Like many members of the Ukrainian diaspora, I was glued to my smartphone, following the fierce Ukrainian resistance with awe and gratitude,...

Published on Wednesday, 29 June 2022 - 11:05am
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Sue Leschen and Rosalind Howarth outline their distinct perspectives of a murder case across two venues, as interpreters for court and counsel

During a recent assignment on a murder case, Sue Leschen was booked ‘off contract’ (directly by the court and not by the Ministry of Justice’s outsourcing agency) as the ‘court interpreter’ and Rosalind Howarth was booked by the defendant’s...

Published on Wednesday, 15 June 2022 - 3:59pm
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The CIOL team have been working hard to create a new level 6 translation qualification to meet demand: staff members from different departments explain what the CertTrans means to them

Rob Beswick, Head of Membership

From a membership perspective, I am really pleased to see the development of the CertTrans (Certificate in Translation). For established translators it can be a...

Published on Monday, 6 June 2022 - 1:53pm
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When the translator becomes lexicographer and a driver of language evolution and growth. Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún discusses his poetry translations into Yorùbá

Translating into one’s own first language is supposed to be a breeze. After all, I have spoken it all my life, used it in many professional settings, and I am a 40-year-old linguist and creative writer. The language is Yorùbá, spoken in...

Published on Wednesday, 23 March 2022 - 4:02pm
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Reproduced from The Linguist 61-1

The author of Nemesis and McMafia speaks to Miranda Moore about the role of languages in his life.

As an undergraduate studying drama with German at the University of Bristol in the mid-1970s, Misha Glenny got involved with a group of activists fighting censorship in the Eastern Bloc. “They would smuggle books and dismembered Xerox machines to...

Published on Tuesday, 8 March 2022 - 3:39pm
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Helle Gulowsen reports on a historic step  forward as Norway regulates interpreting in the public sector

Governmental involvement in the provision of public service interpreting (PSI) in Norway is not new. The state has long recognised the crucial role of interpreters in ensuring equal access to public services and the right to due process for all, but it is only now that this has been...

Published on Thursday, 24 February 2022 - 12:37pm
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Dom Hebblethwaite outlines a new initiative to validate and accredit courses around the world that meet CIOL’s exacting quality standards.

CIOL’s Recognition, Validation and Certification (RVC) Scheme is a new initiative. Introduced in 2021, it offers organisations delivering language education, vocational learning and assessments for linguists a formal means to achieve CIOL recognition...

Published on Friday, 4 February 2022 - 5:19pm
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