Diplomatic Interpreting. An Introductory Bibliography

The idea of compiling a short list of books on Diplomatic Interpreting first came shortly after this year's absolutely brilliant TerpSummit edition, but, as always, it took a while. And then social media helpfully reminded me that I'd started working on a similar list - but of books on interpreting in general - last year in… Continue reading Diplomatic Interpreting. An Introductory Bibliography

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