Working with Translation: Theory and Practice

The first image that comes to mind when you think of a professional translator is that of the professional interpreter at the European Union or the United Nations. The truth is that translators really come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. The stereotypical translator, interpreter looks a little bit like me, female, youngish, often bespectacled, sitting in a booth with headphones on, and with a look of extreme concentration. We do not often stop to think about how translation works or about what it means to be an interpreter, to be a translator, or perhaps to work with professional or improvised translators. And possibly, there's a translator hidden away in each and every one of you.

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