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The European Graduate Placement Scheme (EGPS) and the European Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) organised a Work Placement and Experiential Learning fair this November in London. The keynote speaker for the conference was Don Kiraly, author of Pathways to Translation and proponent of collaborative translator training. The conference aims to provide a platform for universities and language service providers to meet…

                “An Australian in l’Arbresle,” mused the ticket inspector, “not something that you see everyday”. To read this article in English, click here.

Last Tuesday I attended the Apéro Entrepreneurs meeting which was hosted in Telefónica – o2‘s amazing Air Street office next to Regent Street. It was great meeting all these entrepreneurs coming from all over Europe and beyond. This particular session was sponsored by Bordeaux Invest which explained how they can “support businesses to set up, expand or relocate” in the…

            Lexacom English Law Courses is holding a two-day CPD Course at the St Giles Hotel in the West End of London, next to Tottenham Court Road tube station on Friday, 11th & Saturday, 12th October 2013. This course is also suitable for civil code lawyers provided they have the requisite level of English. The course is…

  Teachers, students, translators, universities, professionals and language specialists: if you’re interested in languages, this event is for you! Language Show Live is a 3-day event organised in London from 18-20 October. Whether you want to improve your language skills, find out about language job opportunities or take part in language-related seminars and networking events, the next Language Show Live…

A Welsh city council recently put up this sign in a road near the entrance to a supermarket, the intention being to prevent truck drivers from using the road. As you will notice immediately, the Welsh translation doesn’t exactly match the English version. For the uninitiated, it reads “I am not in the office at the moment. Send any work…

If somebody asked you to name what you thought were the world’s ten most dangerous professions, “translation” would certainly not be top of the list. You would probably “round up the usual suspects”: bomb disposal expert, mountain guide, superbike racer, bar pianist, etc. Even a Wimbledon ball boy probably leads a more dangerous life than the average translator. However, without…

  Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, punctuation had a mission: giving sense to our discourse. Believe it or not, there was a time when semi-colons and colons were not only used to represent smiley faces such as ; ) or : ). As mobile phones and social networks gain popularity, people, especially those aged 25…

As a translator, you often meet people who look at you goggle-eyed and ask, “Aren’t you afraid that your job will soon be performed entirely by machines”? Hilarious, right? Call me naive, but I’m fairly sure that such a thing will never happen, and for the simplest of reasons. First of all, computers can only produce word-for-word translations. They are…

          On May 3rd, fellow translators from all over Europe were gathered at the Thon hotel in Brussels to attend the 8th international conference of the European Union of Associations of Translation Companies (EUATC). The EUATC is keen to help the European translation industry thrive and overcome the different challenges it is currently facing, be it price, machine…