This month I attended the ITI 2019 conference in Sheffield. Although not a member of the UK Institute of Translation and Interpreting, I was able to attend due to my membership of France’s sister organisation, SFT. It was great to listen to some excellent, though-provoking presentations and meet colleagues old and new. I still kept abreast of social media while away from Reunion, so here is your monthly round-up of the most popular stories about translation and language for May 2019.
- First off, here is Simon Berrill’s excellent review of the ITI conference, as well as Alessandra Vita’s account of the BP19 conference held a few days before in Bologna.
- Between worlds: in praise of the literary translator.
- Corinne McKay asks 4 important questions for any freelancer.
- Many people in Anglophone democracies seem to consider the ability to talk to foreigners in their own languages distasteful, even suspect.
- In Venice a “library of exile” reflects on displacement and language. A hymn to exiled writers, it contains a porcelain “library” with 2,000 books in translation. It will also be exhibited in Dresden and London.
- Still on the subject of exhibitions, here are 6 amazing examples of language and technology in museums.
- How the US healthcare system fails people who don’t speak English.
- Heinz was left with egg on its face when it didn’t realise that the name of its new Mayochup product has a rather unfortunate translation in Cree.
- And the pressure on some highly-trained but poorly-paid translators is immense, recently resulting in mistakes like ‘sicansíos’ in the dubbed Spanish version of a Game of Thrones episode. (See also Why film translators are in a war of words over subtitles).
- 8th May marked 74 years since the end of World War II. How much do you know about the Navajo Code Talkers who helped bring the Allied forces to victory?
- 29th May was World Biscuit Day! Why not listen to this recent BBC Radio 4 podcast about biscuit names while munching on your favourite?
On a final note I was very happy to participate in outreach this week, for the second year running, at the “Responsible Women” Forum held at a local secondary school to talk to 13-year old girls about careers, ambitions, and the responsibilities that go with them.