March 2011 Archives

Handbags and gladrags

I have not posted any new entries on the blog recently but this does not mean that nothing has been happening here at TrànslationWörks. Far from it. Much has been achieved in two of my specialist areas of Immigration and Travel and Tourism.

In addition to the conventional translating and proofreading aspects of my work, I have also been out and about.

As last year, I visited a local secondary school to talk to students at the Careers Fair about translation. Once again, I was delighted by the enthusiasm of the young people for languages in general and hope that all of them will be weave their language skills into their future careers, even if they decide not to become translators.

Earlier in the month, I attended a couple of events at Bath in Fashion Week. It is important for translators to keep up to date with the latest developments in the subject areas they translate and so this was a perfect opportunity to combine a bit of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) with some fun!  Bath has been a fashionable place for several centuries. The rich and famous of past eras have visited the town for its spa and entertainments. And nothing has changed in this respect. The town seemed to be really buzzing with greater numbers of the fashionably dressed, and all the shops also appeared to be putting their best foot forward. I learned more about what happens behind the scenes in this world that has a cachet of glamour. Like many professions, the end result is a culmination of hard work and creative thought and lateral thinking all working together to look effortless.

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This blog has been receiving inordinate amounts of spam comments recently. All seem to be promoting the benefits of purchasing replica designer bags (also known as "genuine fake" as I once saw on a sign in Turkey!). I say "seem" because the English is so mangled that it is actually not always clear what the comments are trying to convey.

Here is an example: "If you're serious about buying Cheap [designer brand name] Replica Handbags at discounted prices, you should be the ads in the newspapers of the season slip and tend to the shops, we know that selling big brands buy, offer authentic reproductions and a price of more than his actual value."

One day, I may blog about machine translation. I suspect the above is the product of machine translation and an excellent example of why everyone should employ a well-qualified human translator if they want to promote their goods and services to a discerning market.

For the time being, I have disabled the Comments function. I hope normal service will be resumed in due course.