The three R’s in interpretation

Anyone setting out to learn a pseudo-science like economics or pedagogy is soon inundated in scholarly books on the topic, purporting to sum up the distilled wisdom of that particular field by using a limited number of buzzwords to map out the...

La dolce vita

Last week I met a freelance colleague, a conference interpreter, who divides her time between Brasil and Sweden, spending six months in each every year. She seems to be much in demand, which is hardly surprising if you consider her language...

From mikes to riches? How much money do...

Whilst I was waiting to collect my daughter from school the other day, I got chatting to one of the other mums. She knew I was ”in the language business” and was keen to learn more. (She speaks some French and loves holidaying in...

Clinging on for now

Count Smorltalk does the math Just recently, I was sent a link to an article from the FT about professional salaries in London. I was made to understand by my correspondent that I should read this article. My correspondent is not a woman to be...

Interpreting Markets: Brussels

What is it like to be an interpreter in Brussels? Admittedly, not the most difficult of questions I was asked recently. The answer, however, is a whole different ballgame and does go beyond the average ”Fine, thanks!” It requires...

“The Man in the Middle”: Viktor...

In Europe and America, there’s a growing feeling of hysteria Conditioned to respond to all the threats In the rhetorical speeches of the Soviets Mr. Khrushchev said ‘we will bury you’ I don’t subscribe to this point of...

Would you like your child to become a...

Do interpreters make the best parents? Michelle Hof, interpreter, mum and blogger, certainly thinks so. And what does she think is the most important reason why we make the best parents ever? “We will not let our children grow up to be...