October 3, 2016

There are those who claim that there is no shortage of customers who will pay top dollar for translations of very high quality. Chris Durban, an expatriate American translator living in Paris is a well-known proponent of the idea — her own eye-watering fees lend suppor...

September 9, 2016

According to a recent report in Spanish, sourced from Univisión on 6 August this year, there was a slight hiccup in the interpreting service provided to Venezuelan television viewers watching the live broadcast of the Olympics opening ceremony. When IOC Chairman Thomas...

September 5, 2016

With the rise of the internet and the hyper speed at which communications are sent, received and processed, new and interesting issues have arisen for linguists and translators. This was highlighted two years ago when a young woman called Peaches Monroee posted a video...

August 4, 2016

President John F. Kennedy in Berlin and the alleged “jelly doughnut” speech – an urban myth and misconception?

On 26 June 1963, on a visit to West Berlin less than two years after the Berlin Wall first appeared, US president John F. Kennedy gave one of the most memorabl...

July 31, 2016

The Brexit decision has prompted a wide variety of reactions, but for me it brought back memories of the heady days of Brentry and its major impact on the translation industry in New Zealand. I use the term “Brentry” because in the logic of things, Britain’s decision t...

July 24, 2016

How different New Zealand is today from just a few decades ago. Once our population was almost entirely made up of European and Mäori peoples. Now ‘Statistics New Zealand’ tells us, according to recent projections, that by year 2026 our population will comprise 3.3 mil...

July 21, 2016

In a country always quick to get hot under the collar for any number of reasons, few topics are more polarising than the spelling of words, whether it should be reformed or not and whether or not the reforms are too timid or too radical. But as is often the case in Fra...

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