A day of anniversaries

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News from TrànslationWörks, Bath, 9 November 2009

Twenty years ago today, the Berlin Wall fell, heralding a new era not only for East and West Germany but also for the world. It symbolised the beginning of the end of the Cold War and the promise of a new era of peace. In the meantime other political disputes have taken its place but for ordinary families in Germany at least there has been the opportunity to rebuild the lives and relationships that were divided by a border.

Ten years ago today, much less world-shattering, but nevertheless significant in my life, I started out as a translator. A few days earlier, I had sat the Institute of Linguists' Diploma in Translation exam, and without even knowing the results, I started work as an in-house translator in a translation agency in London. Was it a good move? I am often asked. The reply is a resounding "Yes!". As a translator I have the opportunity to be involved every day in an area that never ceases to fascinate me: the inter-relationship of two languages, English and German. Looking back over my career before I embarked upon translation, I cannot now imagine how I lived without it!

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