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

Books for Terps. A Brief Overview

One weekend, more than 30 comments and at least a dozen PMs later, we finally have it... a one page list (in very small print) of books to recommend our students, beginning interpreters, and just enjoy ourselves, with subjects covering finance, history, politics, the mighty and beautiful English language, and a bit of this and… Continue reading Books for Terps. A Brief Overview

How COVID-19 is Affecting the Interpreting Profession

If you haven't seen it yet, Tony Rosado's latest post on the influence of the pandemic on our profession is just out on his blog. And even though I cannot fully subscribe to what he says about agencies - there are different agencies, after all, just as there are different clients, and I am lucky… Continue reading How COVID-19 is Affecting the Interpreting Profession

2020: A Speech Odyssey. A Brief Recap of a Fascinating Friday Evening

I definitely like taking my time, which is why it has taken me this long – almost a week actually, as I’ve just realized – to sum up my impressions from last Friday’s #AIIC talk on Automated Speech Translation, aptly title “2020: A Speech Odyssey”. But give me tea, time, and a good soundtrack, and I will… Continue reading 2020: A Speech Odyssey. A Brief Recap of a Fascinating Friday Evening

Time, CPD, and the Power of the Great Online

It is strange in a way how this whole situation – all the many restrictions and different national and regional lockdowns included – has taken so many opportunities away, and, at the same time, created new ones. The perception of time has changed too, and the understanding of what you can fit into your day.… Continue reading Time, CPD, and the Power of the Great Online