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By Philippe Muriel
 

Is public service interpreting the ‘poor relative’ of the interpreting profession, and how can we change that?


I must confess, I am a fan of interpreters’ chat groups on social media. Interpreting is a lonely job and it is rare for us to meet up with colleagues for a chat. Few of us have a mentor to whom we can turn for guidance or advice...

Published on Wednesday, 26 July 2023 - 1:18pm
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Jo Tillotson considers the language needs of the Girl Guides and how the organisation is delivering globally

The week I turned 7 years old, I joined Brownies for the first time: a group of 20 or so girls in brown dresses in a suburban church hall. I had no idea that I was starting an adventure that would last over 35 years, and which continues today. That adventure has taken...

Published on Monday, 10 July 2023 - 2:50pm
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The Linguist
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Justine Raymond argues that change will only come when translators start to openly discuss their rates

A recent conversation with a well-known translator about the reluctance of people generally to talk about how much they earn got me thinking about the pervasiveness of poor remuneration in the translation profession. Pointing out the tendency for earnings to be on the paltry side in...

Published on Friday, 31 March 2023 - 4:58pm
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The Linguist
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At an event to mark a new collaboration between CIOL and Duolingo, guests sat in on a conversation between the CEOs of the two organisations

CIOL’s motto is ‘universal understanding’ and Duolingo’s mission is to make language learning universally accessible, so working together makes perfect sense. One practical way of doing that is to share what we know about language learning...

Published on Friday, 13 January 2023 - 2:27pm
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When we hear about fixers for the media, it is often about supporting foreign journalists in conflict zones. However, another area of the media that makes extensive use of bilingual fixers is TV (and radio) coverage of sports events. This can represent a rich opportunity for work and memorable experiences for linguists – especially if, like me, you’re also a sports fan.

A translator and...

Published on Friday, 23 December 2022 - 10:14am
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Bokani Hart considers how language gaps are impeding the UN’s peacekeeping mission in eastern Congo.

Once again, the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are on a knife edge. And, once again, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) is in the firing line for allegedly not doing enough to protect civilians from the armed groups that have...

Published on Wednesday, 14 December 2022 - 11:49am
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The sports journalist and broadcaster explains how his knowledge of French, German, Spanish and Mandarin gives him the edge in a brutal industry.

Could you tell us a bit about your language background, Chris?

Well, it’s pretty unremarkable actually, John. I’d have loved to have been raised bilingually, or had a parent from another country, but they were both British and there...

Published on Wednesday, 30 November 2022 - 10:55am
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The Linguist
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What can the interpreter do when faced with hybrid and unusual language use in court, asks Andrew Belisle

As a Spanish-English interpreter in the US, I encounter some fascinating challenges in my day-to-day work. The kind of language I handle in my sector – community interpreting – is vastly different from what you might witness in the conference or diplomatic world. I believe one of...

Published on Wednesday, 5 October 2022 - 9:16am
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Trine Garrett makes the case for enabling more productions in translation

London: one of the most multicultural cities in Europe, where between 100 and 300 languages are spoken, and approximately one third of the population was born outside the UK. Such diversity – linguistic and cultural – should, one might think, make for a rich theatre offering. And yet a Google search of London’s...

Published on Thursday, 22 September 2022 - 9:49am
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Alicja Tokarska outlines her approach to using inclusive language in the target text, and bringing clients on board

Although most linguists have heard the term ‘inclusive language’, it is possible that only some use this way of writing in their daily work. At the beginning it may seem overwhelming and difficult, but incorporating inclusive language into translation practice is not impossible....

Published on Wednesday, 7 September 2022 - 7:09pm
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The Linguist