When Work and Pleasure Coincide, and Brussels Happens to You

When work and pleasure (a.k.a. a fabulous learning and networking opportunity) coincide, and Brussels happens to you, it can, truly, feel like a dream come true, on so many levels. And it makes it all the harder to leave once it is all over, the dream comes to its end, and it is time to… Continue reading When Work and Pleasure Coincide, and Brussels Happens to You

Surviving Interpreting Quotes

Students often ask me about who the speakers we get to interpret throughout our professional careers are more likely to quote. If you know a simple and direct answer to this question, you definitely know more than I do. True, there are some 'usual suspects' for every language and culture. Shakespeare, Churchill, Gandhi & MLK would probably make… Continue reading Surviving Interpreting Quotes

When Your Morning Commute Looks as Sleepy as You Feel

The image above is the perfect of illustration of what has become a regular commute, and one that never fails to disappoint, even though more often than not it looks just as sleepy as you feel. These days meeting colleagues in person - and getting to spend almost an entire day with them without the… Continue reading When Your Morning Commute Looks as Sleepy as You Feel

The True Meaning of the French Rentrée

What the French call la Rentrée is a curious little thing. The start of the new year for some, a token of new beginnings for others, and an excuse to complain about it all for most. This year perhaps even more so, and for good reason too, for a change. The holidays - if you… Continue reading The True Meaning of the French Rentrée

More Than just Valentine’s Day – The Story of the Oaths of Strasbourg

Yesterday, by the way, wasn't just Saint Valentine's Day. It was also a special day for the history of Strasbourg, and that of France and the French language in general, as it was on this day many, many years ago, in 842, that the Oaths of Strasbourg were delivered, and then signed, in what was… Continue reading More Than just Valentine’s Day – The Story of the Oaths of Strasbourg

Happy Valentine’s to my Fellow Terps and Book Lovers

It's Valentine's Day. And this, too, is a love story. A story of deep and ever-growing affection for that beautiful, enigmatic, and often elusive creature, the English language, for reading in general, in all my languages, and a few I am not quite yet ready to call that, and for interpreting, a profession I am… Continue reading Happy Valentine’s to my Fellow Terps and Book Lovers

It’s not all about Chocolate

This was my first AIIC General Assembly, and I know some were worried I would come back disappointed, given the somewhat reduced format, and the complicated nature of some of the topics up for discussion. And yet... I don't think I could ever go with that. I was indeed disappointed to go back, but only… Continue reading It’s not all about Chocolate

Not all Commutes Are Created Equal

Some commutes are better than others. And I think I am going to take it as a good sign that my last assignment of the season took me outside of Strasbourg... Especially as The Economist keeps insisting that "this era of unpredictability is not going away soon", and nothing that's been in the news lately… Continue reading Not all Commutes Are Created Equal

Found in Translation. A New Piece by Robert Chandler

«Our Romantic view of creativity leads us to undervalue craft,» - just one of the lines that sounded painfully familiar in the brilliant new piece by Robert Chandler, and a few more to inspire you to read it too: « A scholar or critic can choose which passages to focus on, whereas a translator has to… Continue reading Found in Translation. A New Piece by Robert Chandler

Clients and Sunsets to Remember

You live for days when you get speakers that actually care, seem to have a decent understanding how interpreting works, and are ready to jump in and reign in their over zealous and more unruly colleagues: "The problem, you see, is that while I and the rest of us are just here to listen, our… Continue reading Clients and Sunsets to Remember