All languages change over time, and so does English, the lingua franca of our times. Learning the grammar and vocabulary the traditional way is not enough anymore.
This was the first ever SLAM! conference, in other words Scandinavian Language Associations’ Meeting, participated by circa 250 professional translators and interpreters from and outside the Nordic countries. Although most of the participants speak or understand at least one Scandinavian language, the program was in English, which makes it easier[…]
We all do it when we write or edit: follow a personal “style guide” in the back of our heads even if we don’t have a documented guideline. If the client doesn’t provide a style guide, we create one for ourselves in order to maintain consistency. Within the “product” or[…]
My expectations for the Mediterranean Editors and Translators’ annual conference from 28 to 31 October 2015 at the University of Coimbra in Portugal, were high.
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We’ve all used Google Translate to write a short message or answer to a friend abroad in their own language, which has made them very happy and us appear more sophisticated than we actually are. GT is a great machine translation tool for that…
Both Finnish Translation Industry Professionals (KAJ) and the Finnish Association of Translators and Interpreters (SKTL) together with our new association Nordic Translators and Editors (NEaT) were active last fall in arranging training on contemporary written English and grammar points for their members who translate into English. We are highly grateful for[…]
A couple of years ago I attended an English seminar in the Language Centre of Helsinki University. I write, edit and translate in both Finnish and English, so whenever there is professional training available in English in Finland, I am the first to enroll. Unless it costs a million. There[…]
I went to an office sharing event at kontoret and heard a man say things about leadership that I’ve always thought should be common sense at workplaces. Unfortunately, they’re not. But perhaps they will be. The man’s name is Ari Rämö, he’s the managing director of a SICK company (yes,[…]
Among the southern capitals of Europe, compared to Paris and Rome, my encounter with Madrid was really pleasant. I already know that Spanish people are friendly, and Madrileños seemed even friendlier than usual. Everybody was more than eager to give directions – with or without actual knowledge of the location[…]