Dirty Little Secrets for Translators


Informations & furnitures

Be very careful when using the following uncountable nouns, because they have no plural!

Ideas and experiences: advice, information, progress, news, luck, fun, work
Materials & substances: water, rice, cement, gold, milk
Weather words: weather, thunder, lightning, rain, snow
Groups or collections of things: furniture, equipment, rubbish, luggage
Other: accommodation, baggage, homework, knowledge, money, permission, research, traffic, travel

Only in plural: shorts, pants, pyjamas, glasses (for the eyes), binoculars, scissors, trousers.

Source: Cambridge Dictionaries


International Conferences 2014: November


Québec (Canada), 1 November 2014: 2014 Annual Conference – OTTIAQ (Ordre des traducteurs, terminologues et interprètes agréés du Québec)

Brisbane (Australia), 1 – 2 November 2014: Transition into the Future: Technology, Business, Theory-as-Praxis. (AUSIT) Biennial National Conference ’14

Saint-Denis, Reunion Island (France), 5-6 November 2014: International Seminar on ‘Heritage and Exchanges: “Multilingual and Intercultural Approaches in Training Context”

Berlin (Germany), 5-7 November 2014: Languages and The Media Conference 2014: Smart Technologies, Smart Translations

Portsmouth (UK), 8 November 2014: From Classroom to Workplace. Translation Conference 2014

Stuttgart (Germany), 10 November 2014: European Academic Colloquium on Technical Communication Studies

Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA), 12 – 15 November 2014: Politics & Translation. ALTA Conference

Uppsala (Sweden), 13-14 November 2014: 5th Swedish Language Technology Conference

Limoges (France), 13 – 14 November 2014: International Conference: “Things unsaid…”. AFI 2014

Manchester (United Kingdom), 13-14 November 2014: Manchester Forum in Linguistics

Ottawa (Canada), 14 – 15 November 2014: Translation and Networking. World Words – The 1st Graduate Student Conference on Translation Studies

Valencia (Spain), 19-21 November 2014: 15th International Conference of the Spanish Association of Language and Literature Education: Challenges in the learning of literature and language in the digital age

Hannover (Germany), 19-21 November 2014: Visuelle Linguistik: Theorie and Anwendung von Visualisierungen in der Sprachwissenschaft

Salzburg (Austria), 21-22 November 2014: 7th Austrian Students Conference of Linguistics (ÖSKL)

Berlin (Germany), 21-22 November 2014: EXPOLINGUA Berlin 2014

Southampton (United Kingdom), 21-23 November 2014: Language Testing Forum 2014: Language Testing: Engaging multi-disciplinary perspectives

Barcelona (Spain), 26 November 2014: EAFT – Pre-Conference Catalan workshop

Barcelona (Spain), 27-28 November 2014: The VIIEAFT Terminology Summit: How does social networking affect terminology work? 

Istanbul (Turkey), 27 – 28 November 2014: International Workshop on Intralingual Translation

Antwerp (Belgium), 28 November 2014: Digital Trends in (Applied) Linguistics, Literature and Translation Studies. BAAHE 2014 Annual Conference of the Belgian Association of Anglicists in Higher Education

Lodz (Poland), 28 – 29 November 2014: Teaching Translation and Interpreting 4 – TTI 2014


Why translators deserve some credit

It’s time to acknowledge translators – the underpaid and unsung heroes behind the global success of many writers.Milan Kundera in Paris

You’ll never know exactly what a translator has done. He reads with maniacal attention to nuance and cultural implication, conscious of all the books that stand behind this one; then he sets out to rewrite this impossibly complex thing in his own language, re-elaborating everything, changing everything in order that it remain the same, or as close as possible to his experience of the original. In every sentence, the most loyal respect must combine with the most resourceful inventiveness. Imagine shifting the Tower of Pisa into downtown Manhattan and convincing everyone it’s in the right place; that’s the scale of the task. Writing my own novels has always required a huge effort of organisation and imagination; but, sentence by sentence, translation is intellectually more taxing. On the positive side, the hands-on experience of how another writer puts together his work is worth a year’s creative writing classes. It is a loss that few writers “stoop” to translation these days.

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Do syllables exist?

How many syllables are in your name? You probably already know off the top of your head, but count them anyway. Most of us do the same thing when we’re counting. Putting more weight than usual on each beat, we number them off on our fingers.

[…] The syllable is an invisible thing, something that we can only really perceive and count when we say something out loud. It is hard to grasp scientifically and yet the basis for the most elegant things that humans have dreamed up out of the subtle alchemy of language use. Perhaps the elusiveness of the syllable’s true nature only makes our use of it in poetry the more mysterious and lovely. In sonnets or in the simple pulses of speech that make up your own name, we simply know that it’s there.

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