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Le Singe et la cacahuète…The Monkey and the Money Grinder

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-13560247

Intellectual interpretation – Nothing tastes quite like peanuts apart from when…

Je voudrais remercier ici tous mes frères Humains qui tentent désespérément de prouver qu’ils ne sont pas les seuls détenteurs de l’intelligence planétaire.

Depuis très longtemps, j’avais bien compris que si je me décidais à cracher ou pire, faire pipi sur la minable cacahuète qu’un chercheur avait adroitement placée au fond d’un tube à essai à l’intérieur de ma cage, en me servant de l’eau fétide placée à ma disposition, cette même cacahuète remonterait à la surface  et que je pourrais enfin la manger . Continue reading

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Translators from all countries, unite!

No, I am not a Marxist and yet I believe there is a case for urgency! An urgency to denounce unchained neo-liberalism which renders life impossible for the majority of worldwide citizens to the profit of the richest, the ransacking of planetary resources, the worshipping of money, ugliness, the casting aside of goods and people, the ferocious promotion of egotism; the pre-planned systematic destruction of our natural habitat, the lack of information on the human and ecological stakes stemming from our governing bodies.

An urgency to denounce the deliberate crushing of our educational systems, the threat weighing on cultural and linguistic diversity due to an ever increasing disappearance of languages and the uprising effects of globalization.

An emergency situation to safeguard, whilst still possible, the specifics of each and every country, of each and every culture, to voice our opinions rather than to just put a cross on a ballot paper, the right to circulate real information and not just to gossip.

As translators, our mission is to also use our talent, as a powerful communication tool to convey ideas which solely belong to us and as a means of resistance. continue reading!

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Traducteurs de tous pays, unissez-vous !

Non, je ne suis pas Marxiste mais je pense qu’il y a urgence. Urgence à dénoncer le néo-libéralisme effréné qui rend la vie impossible à une majorité de citoyens du monde au profit des plus riches, le saccage des ressources de la planète, le règne du fric, du jetable, de la laideur et de l’individualisme forcené, la destruction systématique et planifiée de notre habitat naturel, la désinformation sur les enjeux humains et écologiques des politiques de ceux qui nous gouvernent.

Urgence à dénoncer l’effondrement planifié des systèmes éducatifs, la menace pesant sur la diversité linguistique et culturelle en raison de la disparition d’un nombre toujours croissant de langues et de la mondialisation.

Urgence à sauvegarder tant que cela est encore possible les spécificités de chaque pays, de chaque culture, à faire entendre nos voix autrement qu’au travers d’un bulletin de vote, à faire circuler des informations véritables et non de simples potins.

Notre fonction en tant que traducteurs est aussi celle-là, notre métier peut être un instrument puissant de communication d’idées qui sont les nôtres et de résistance.

Je souhaiterais savoir de l’intérieur ce qu’il se passe véritablement en Serbie, en Macédoine, en Corée, au Burkina-Faso et partout ailleurs. Je ne fais plus confiance qu’à un nombre extrêmement limité de media, une majorité de journalistes étant malheureusement soumis à la censure des actionnaires. continue!

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Finely Tuned Words

SJC ParisOver the last decade I have probably made the biggest life-changing decisions of my life – and boy have they brought about change!

The first was to completely uproot myself, move country, and leave what I knew behind in order to discover a whole new direction to my life.

Of course this brought about a professional change; I didn’t want to leave everything that I once knew behind but of course if the skills I had honed in the UK were going to have any credibility they would have to be adapted to my new life in France.

What better way to adapt them than to make them relevant to the universal language industry! I have to admit that at this time I was definitely not ready to go it alone and so I initially employed my skills to the benefit of some “shark”!

50 hour working weeks and long tedious journeys soon kicked the entrepreneurial part of my brain into touch & so the next life-changing decision came about, but not without the valuable help of my friends & associates – vital at times like these. And so, SJ Consulting was born – a language solutions company combining all of the essential ingredients for a language lover, with the added benefit of having the most wonderful network of associates to work with!

The mixture of teaching, translating, coaching, proofreading and of course not forgetting blogging really does keep me on my toes; being able to share this work with associates keeps it interesting and alive. I know that many people tend to choose to stay “very much” on their own, like to keep the work they find to themselves, even when they find that they can’t manage everything they receive. On the contrary I have found that I am actually far more productive sharing what I have! continue reading

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The Machine, the Human & the Translator

Freedom of speech, being in charge of expression, hopefully knowing when it’s best to keep your mouth shut – if this in some way describes you then I guess you’re in the right place!

The Language Brigade

Yes it’s wonderful to be au fait with all the latest news on language & translation tools – well let’s face it the list is pretty endless …..

First let’s take a look at  language tools designed to assist in grammar and spelling: 1) After the Deadline to fix your writing 2) the text expanding PhraseExpress & of course we have to go on to mention something to do with Crowdsourcing (it’s everywhere after all) 3) that wonderful tool Phras.in which really helps you to “make your mind up”!

Forget Me Not

Now if you’re having a little memory lapse; let’s face it we all have them now and again don’t we? To the rescue we have: Tip of my tongue (my god that is so annoying & apparently gets worse with age) & Wolfram Alpha (doesn’t that sound a little like something out of an X Men film) & of course if you happen to have an annoying 6-year-old kid you could always ask him to jog that ailing memory! continue reading….

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Scrambled Translators

~ Put all your eggs in one basket — and watch that basket! Mark Twain – The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson

I am an empire

Having one’s own little business empire can really give you a sense of pride. Not being at somebody else’s beck and call can certainly have its advantages, especially if you’re an organized and motivated professional. But just one word of warning to all of you young & budding translators and freelancers; don’t go putting all of your eggs in one basket – the bottom may just fall out!

I decided to write this post today in order to give a little advice to any of you out there who are just starting out as freelance worker; whether it be in language training, translating, in fact any kind of freelancing.

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

If you are lucky enough to get plenty of work right from the outset you will be counting your lucky stars. If all of that work comes in from one place then even better; you will be rubbing your hands together all the way to the bank and not giving a worry to tomorrow’s bread & butter. One word of warning to the wise – watch that the basket doesn’t have a hole in it! Remember if your one true & loyal collaborator goes down you do too! continue reading

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Vantards! Le Gueuloir du Vendredi

‘I am fluent in English’, ‘I am a businessman, a marketing manager, a doctor, a teacher, a professor, a researcher, a lawyer, an editor, an artist and, although neither my mother nor my father is English, I feel perfectly comfortable speaking English and understanding it and I even go as far as to say humbly that I am bilingual’.

I have often, too often met people who were convinced of their ability to master this beautiful and yet endangered language and was also insulted by some who believed their knowledge of English was vastly superior to mine; the best example I have in mind is probably the day when, as I entered a lift in an international law firm, my two companions of travel who happened to be French lawyers decided to carry on their conversation in English for obvious reasons of confidentiality. Strangely their tactic worked for I found it suddenly quite difficult to understand the gromky goloss that bellowed out of them, O my brothers.
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