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Context and Culture – What affect can this have on translation? Agatha Christie: A Case Study

‘What the development of Translation Studies shows is that translation, like all (re)writings, is never innocent. There is always a context in which the translation takes place, always a history from which a text emerges and into which a text is transposed. Translation involves so much more than the simple engagement of an individual with… Continue reading Context and Culture – What affect can this have on translation? Agatha Christie: A Case Study

English Language · French Learning · German language · Language Learning · Spanish Language · University

Is there such a thing as ‘Denglish’ and what are its implications for a discussion of culture and translation?

Language is the key to communication. Whilst boarders can and do change, this often takes a lot of time. Languages, on the other hand, are constantly changing – they adapt and update. Their fluidity transcends the boundaries of the countries they ‘belong’ to. Whilst we often speak of ‘official languages’, this does not take into… Continue reading Is there such a thing as ‘Denglish’ and what are its implications for a discussion of culture and translation?

German language · Language Learning

Good, Better, Best! German Revision Games

Having concentrated on translation topics for so long, I think it time to get back to my other day job – languages in schools! With summer end of year exams fast approaching, I’ve been working on some resources for students learning German. Some games are suitable for beginners – more vocabulary based, whilst others are… Continue reading Good, Better, Best! German Revision Games

Technology

Translation Student? Why you need to try Lilt…

In my recent article, What are CAT Tools good for? Absolutely… everything?!?, I mentioned an online CAT (computer assisted translation) tool called Lilt. Unlike SDL Trados, which is the only other CAT tool I’ve used (there are several others available, this is what is available at university)  Lilt is an online CAT tool which specialises… Continue reading Translation Student? Why you need to try Lilt…

Language Learning

Where in the world?! My Lingholic Languages Map

Overall, it doesn’t necessarily matter what language(s) you speak best and to what level. Ultimately, what the Lingholic map shows you is how many opportunities you have to speak the languages you know. As a native speaker, red shows me all the countries that have English as their primary language (interestingly, Canada is marked under French only?!), purple is German, blue is Spanish, orange is French and a little pink dot by German is Holland. It’s only when it’s all put out in front of you, that you realise who diverse languages are, and how far and wide they travel.

University

What are CAT Tools good for? Absolutely… everything?!?

As a follow on to my post Freelance v In-House Translation: Which is the right one for me?, another part of my Methods and Skills module also looked at CAT Tools, and their strengths and weaknesses regarding specific text types.

University

Freelance v In-House Translation: Which is the right one for me?

As part of my Translation Methods and Skills module in the Autumn, we looked at the advantages and disadvantages of Freelance and In-House translation. In my exam it’s likely that a question might come up about which you prefer and why – in this case you’ll need to go through the pros and cons for both and come to a conclusion. For anyone who wants to know what either profession could offer them, or even for someone sitting a translation exam, I hope this helps!