Thursday, 17 December 2009

Christmas translation

Dear friends,

It's almost Christmas, and I just wanted to wish everyone who reads this blog a very merry and harmonious Christmas and a peaceful and happy New Year.

To celebrate a long and busy year, how about a little translation game? The challenge is to translate a four-line poem by Harryette Mullen from her wonderful collection Sleeping With The Dictionary:

Ask Aden

Are aardvarks anxious?
Do dragons dream?
Ever see an eager elephant?
Newts are never nervous, are they?

If anyone would like to have a go, do post your version in the comments, in any language, or if you're the retiring type, email me in private with your version - you can find my email address on my website. I'd love to read them.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

light relief

Hi all,

It's late in the term, everyone's cold, tired and damp, so here are some snippets about translation and interpreting which should entertain as well as providing food for thought. (Apocryphal, schmocryphal!)


webinar on terminology management (Chartered Institute of Linguists

Another webinar organised by the tireless Lucy Brooks at the Chartered Institute of Linguists.

For any enquiries, please contact


A talk by Sonia Cutler, BSc (Hons), MSc on managing terminology. Whether
you are a freelance translator handling dozens of terminology lists from
different clients, an interpreter, or an editor, Sonia's presentation will
consider the importance of terminology and then provide useful information, hints,
and tips on how to manage terminology effectively. Sonia is a member of the Society
for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) and a member of the European Association
of Science Editors (EASE).

To register, please click on the link below. After registration you will be
directed to a web page containing further information about this and other

Title: "Terminology Management"
Date: Thursday, January 14, 2010
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM GMT

Register now by clicking here.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing
information about joining the Webinar.

There will be a charge to attend the webinar: £8.00 (£8.50) for students,
£12 (£12.70) for members of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, and £15
(£15.90) for non-members. (Figures in brackets are the cost for payment by
Paypal - the first figure is the cost of payment by cheque). Payment should
be completed by 48 hours before the event. Your link to attend will be
released on receipt of payment.
This webinar is arranged by the Translating Division of the Chartered
Institute of Linguists

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows(R) 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, Vista

Macintosh(R)-based attendees
Required: Mac OS(R) X 10.4 (Tiger(R)) or newer