Nouvelle traduction d’une grande oeuvre littéraire

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La traduction littéraire est très différente de la traduction technique, mais si vous vous intéressez au sujet en général, en tant que professionnel ou simple amateur de lecture, je viens de découvrir une nouvelle intéressante dans un article de la presse canadienne :

Une nouvelle traduction du célèbre livre Alice au pays des merveilles est disponible.

Plus d’informations ici : https://www.lhebdojournal.com/une-traduction-d-alice-au-pays-des-merveilles-signee-par-une-trifluvienne/

 

Le métier de traducteur juridique

Vous recherchez un professionnel de la traduction pour prendre en charge vos documents de nature juridique ?

Le Village de la Justice a publié un article qui pourra vous intéresser:

http://www.village-justice.com/articles/traduction-juridique-enjeu,9051.html

Voici un point à retenir:

Traduire un contrat anglais en français implique de passer du droit anglo-saxon au droit romain, et consiste à faire coïncider les principes des deux systèmes, parfois éloignés.

Atouts indispensables :

Connaissances techniques et pointues

Maîtrise des langues concernées (texte source et texte cible)

Compétences rédactionnelles de haut niveau

 

The Translation Nightmare Before Christmas in Strasbourg, France

Claimant to the title of « capital of Europe », the French city of Strasbourg is known all over Europe for its institutions like the European Council where hundreds of translators and interpreters help politicians communicate. But it is also the self-proclaimed capital city of Christmas, known all over the world for its numerous markets and its exquisite local food.

Located close to the German border, Strasbourg is part of the « Alsace » region where German is probably the most commonly spoken language after French and the local dialect « l’alsacien ». You’d think that language skills would be quite developed in such an international place. Yet, I spotted a funny translation blunder in a hotel in the city centre. As is sometimes the case, hotel owners resort to Google Translate when they only have a few words to translate (ex: instructions in the bathroom), either for financial reasons or just practical considerations. They probably think that given how short these sentences are, the machine cannot get them wrong… well, in this case a proofreader would have been put to good use… Granted, the message can still be well understood, but I reckon it’s not ideal and it reflects poorly on their image. When it’s bound to be pinned on the wall, it’s always best to have it proofread first.

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But don’t let yourself be put off by the wrong grammar and get outside to soak in the magic and explore the numerous Christmas markets. Start with the one located in the borough called « La Petite France ». There, you’ll find the traditional half-timbered houses. Keep on walking and you’ll finP1520911ally end up in « Place Gutenberg » where they usually host a Christmas market honouring a European country. It changes every year.

It’s very close to the impressive cathedral where there is yet another Christmas market. Don’t forget to stop by the visitors’ centre. You can’t miss it, it is located in the building with massive gingerbread decorations.

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And for all the fairy-tale lovers out there, under no circumstances whatsoever should you miss the boutique called « La maison de Hanssen & Gretel ». It is like stepping in a life-size dollhouse filled with Christmas decorations and magic. It’s located in a narrow street close to the cathedral.

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The most famous Christmas market remains the one called « Christkindelsmärik » in the pure German tradition. Don’t forget to sample some of the local food there! Anything with German-sounding names is bound to be delicious!

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AUSIT’s Biennial National Conference ’14: Transition into the Future

Last month, I attended AUSIT’s Biennial National Conference which was held in sunny Brisbane, Australia. It was a very interesting 2-day event where I had the opportunity to meet and hear from colleagues from the other side of the world. There was an impressive line-up of highly-qualified, recognised practitioners who gave insightful presentations and workshops.

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There were many seminars to choose from, including Media Translation: Practices and Expectations”, and Practical aspects of legal translation: the translation of an Italian land sale contract.” Among the several workshops offered, I particulary enjoyed: “Best practices for the translation of official documents” by Susanne Creak, as well as What’s the context? Interpreting, Translation and the Law” by Heather Glass.

It was great to meet and get to know fellow colleagues. As always, conferences are always a great opportunity to network and have challenging conversations about our jobs (translation and/or interpreting).

What’s more, I really appreciated the talk from Brett Casey et Cynthia Cave, a fascinating and funny team specialised in sign language. Their presentation Deaf Professional and Interpreter – A team” was absolutely delightful and entertaining on top of being very informative.

Looking forward to the next national conference in 2016! 🙂

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Regional Languages & Bilingual Complaints

According to the Penarth Times, the town council of Penarth (Wales, UK) will have to translate its Summer and Christmas festival brochures into Welsh after receiving complaints, including from the Penarth Welsh Language Society. Read article here.

The Welsh Language Act 1993, which the town council is subject to, states that organisations must prepare a Welsh language scheme that ensures both English and Welsh are treated equally in public services.

It shows that offering English-only communication isn’t necessarily a great option. Companies, town councils, among others should cater to other linguistic needs. Preserving language diversity is important. As there is a Welsh medium school in Penarth, it does make sense to develop materials in the local language to make sure that the language can be used and practised is all parts of life, not just within the walls of schools.

Did you know that Icelandair, Iceland’s main airline, has implemented a unique program to promote its language to tourists? The airline uses every opportunity to teach its passengers about the national language. From the moment you use the entertainment system to your own cushion, you can learn some Icelandic words.

Promoting local languages is a great way to boost tourism, upgrade your image and offer a one-of-a-kind experience. Think of Ireland. Isn’t it absolutely lovely and authentic to soak in the true Irish culture when visiting a small town where even road signs are written in Irish? After the era of mass consumption, there is now a move back to authenticity and uniqueness. For more info on that new phenomenon, read my previous article about Translation in the Retail Industry about highly personalised offers.