International Translation Day – time to get noticed, translator.

Translators' day
International Translation Day
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A good translation is that which reads as if it was the original and most of the times translators remain invisible. However, there is one day in which all translators should be in the spotlight and get noticed. September 30th (International Translation Day) is that day.

Send this card to your fellow translators to congratulate them on their amazing work.

Happy translator’s day.

Have a good one!

Tools for interpreters: Numerizer

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Get your numbers right with numerizer

When searching for material to practice big numbers for my interpreting training, I came across a fairly useful site called numerizer created by Anton Klevansky, who is a professional Russian conference interpreter member of AIIC. According to the the tool’s creator:

“Numerizer was designed for (future) interpreters and language learners by a professional interpreter with the aim of providing an unlimited source of challenging exercises, such as: jotting down every number in a sequence; shadowing (repeating after the speaker, first being just one number behind the original, then progressively trying to lag further behind); simultaneous or consecutive interpreting.”

Numerizer 1.0.2 beta has features that enable you to choose from several languages and accents, select the pace at which you would like to hear the rendering and set the amount of numbers to generate as well as the minimum and the maximum values.

The languages included are English US, English UK, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese (Mandarin), and Chinese (Cantonese).

Note: there seems to be a glitch that does not allow you to set a minimum to a number smaller than 10 000 or a maximum over 999 999 999.

I hope you find this tool useful and have fun with your practice.

Happy interpreting!

Keep calm signs for interpreters

Keep calm and interpret
Keep calm signs for interpreters

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Hi there! I’m currently completing my first year of training to become a professional interpreter — a pending subject I’ve had for so long is now becoming a dream come true. I love interpreting as much as translating, but when I’m not actually doing it and I start analyzing carefully what it entails to be a good interpreter I sometimes panic. Your brain is one of your biggest assets and allies, but it can also become your worst enemy. If you start overthinking it, your own thoughts can get in the way of the message the speaker is conveying and you are trying to get across in the target language. So many times, you should simply relax and worry about one utterance at a time.

Happy interpreting!

Send this card to your fellow interpreters to support them on their amazing job and remind them to keep relaxed.

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Phrases that get on translators and interpreters’ nerves

Translators vs interpreters

Translators work with written texts and interpreters work with spoken utterances

To see more information on the difference between translation and interpreting and the consistent habit of misusing these term visit ATA on NPR.

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