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What is Interpretation?

This is a good moment to clarify exactly what is meant by interpretation. According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, “interpret” means: 1 : to explain or tell the meaning of : present in understandable terms <interpret dreams> <needed help interpreting the results> 2 : to conceive in the light of individual belief, judgment, or circumstance : construe […]

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Petroleum and the Use of Quote Marks

Having recently worked on several documents for clients in the petroleum industry, and in light of the new charges brought against M. Khodorkovsky, a former oil tycoon, I would like to talk about two issued related to translation: being true to the original and making the translation sound good. The slick petroleum tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky […]

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Translation Studies

Texts have been translated between languages empirically, by hand. This doesn’t mean that people have not spent time reflecting and theorizing on the art of translation or that the great translators of history have stopped proposing their own theories. However, only recently have linguists elevated translation to a scientific category by creating a branch of […]

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The Importance of Language in Diplomacy

The United States government has a high demand for linguists. President Obama’s administration is looking to put more emphasis on diplomacy through more effective multilingual communication in all areas: intelligence, defense, State Department agencies, etc. The ILR (Interagency Language Roundtable) was created and includes several agencies of the State Department. Its main focus will be […]

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The Persian Language

It belongs to the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European language family, which we spoke about HERE. More than 60 million people are native speakers of this language, and they are distributed across Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Oman, the Arab Emirates and India, as well as members of the Persian diaspora. The ISO and the Academy […]

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More Automatic Translation Gadget News

As a translator, it is with a fair share of trepidation and chagrin that I “celebrate” news (such as the topic of today’s post) relating to new gadgets that facilitate–or usurp!–the job of the translator or interpreter.  Nonetheless, the gadget we’re going to be looking at here is just too nifty to disregard, and, thankfully, […]

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Translator Training

This concept is extremely important. I am not just talking about the education that a translator receives in their studies, but also about culture in general, which is even more important when a translator is specialized in a certain field or fields. A translator’s training consists in their ability to master their mother tongue: writing, […]

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Specialized Translation Agencies

Years ago we used to see that translation agencies in various countries of the world would only work with a few language pairs, three or four at most. They worked with only one translation program and its staff was made up of only local translators. Today the need to satisfy clients and the clients’ growing […]

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