Translators and Interpreters at the G8

Posted on 06/26/13 No Comments

It is likely that most people didn’t notice the number of people standing discretely behind the politicians and delegates that recently gathered at the Loch Erne resort in Fermanagh for the G8 summit. Not to mention the small army of people working behind the scenes to ensure the smooth running of the most recent gathering […]

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Human Translation Vs. Machine Translation: A Triumph of Nuance over Nonsense?

Posted on 06/18/13 No Comments

Latin and Greek became “universal” languages for a time in Western civilizations.  However, their dominance and popularity waned as the Age of Discovery fostered the prevalence of the most widely spoken European languages in the newly acquired colonies around the world.  Despite having been in existence for well over a century, the artificially conceived language, […]

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The English of French People

Posted on 05/16/13 No Comments

Being located in an English speaking city that is also a popular tourist destination, you just have to walk through the streets of Dublin city centre to hear all sorts of “pidgin” English – that is various tourists and international students speaking to each other in a blend of English words with syntactic constructions based […]

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False Friends in Translation

Posted on 04/19/13 No Comments

A friend in need is a friend indeed – so promises the old adage.  False Friends: A Translator’s Worst Enemy! An innocent abroad or even at home however, should beware of friends whose familiar appearance conveys a comforting reminder of home and lures the gullible into dangerous complacency!  Echoes of a mother’s warning to the […]

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Cultural awareness and body language: the secrets of a flourishing business

Posted on 04/16/13 No Comments

What comes to mind when you hear the word “communication”? Languages, speaking, writing, phones, internet…? Communication is possible through different ways: there is verbal communication and then nonverbal communication such as body gestures, facial expressions and eye contact. Research has shown that 80% of messages are portrayed through body language rather than the words that […]

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What’s happening in the Legal Interpreting Industry? Samples from France and the UK

Posted on 04/05/13 No Comments

Recently the interpreting industry has been in the media in both France and the UK, the most recently publicized being the catastrophe that occurred last year when the UK government contracted a private company to provide court interpreting services and this company struggled to cope with the demands. In France, the interpreting industry has also […]

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Linguistic diversity in Europe: the threat from within?

Posted on 03/04/13 No Comments

“My philological studies have satisfied me that a gifted person ought to learn English (barring spelling and pronouncing) in thirty hours, French in thirty days, and German in thirty years.” This quote is from Mark Twain’s amusing essay “The Awful German Language”, written in 1880.  It is perhaps a typical viewpoint for a native speaker […]

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Video: Languages for Sport, Manuela Spinelli on Working as an Interpreter

Posted on 02/21/13 No Comments

Manuela Spinelli has been working for DCU Language Services as a Conference Interpreter for almost 10 years. During her time working as an interpreter in Ireland, Manuela has raised the profile of what is usually quite a ‘behind the scenes’ profession, through her role working as interpreter to the Italian manager of Ireland’s football team, Mr […]

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Who are our Translators? Part 1: Interview with a German-English Translator

Posted on 02/12/13 No Comments

It’s very often that the people who carry out the translation work for our customers are hidden away and not given much of a voice, despite them doing a lot of the work! We have decided to try and give our customers insight into some of our translators and interpreters, so this is the first […]

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A Career in Irish Translation

Posted on 02/08/13 No Comments

In the DCU Language Services Translations Department, we are often receive queries from people looking for advice on becoming a translator – how can they can gain experience, where can they study translation, etc. Being a Dublin City University Company, people sometimes confuse us with being a Translation School (such as SALIS in DCU). Neverthless, […]

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