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What is a translator?

16th May 2018

John Dryden was an English poet, playwright and translator, who was made England’s first Poet Laureate in 1668. As a translator of classical poetry from Latin he had strong views on the role of the translator and used his own poetic skills to add to the translation, rather than just translating word for word. This […]

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Literary and Cultural Translation

26th April 2018

In Ireland this week the Centre for Literary and Cultural Translation was launched. As part of Trinity College Dublin, the new translation centre is the first of its kind in Ireland. In contrast the British Centre for Literary Translation at the University of East Anglia opened in 1989. With its rich literary history a similar […]

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Translation game to be released in 2018

4th April 2018

Exciting news from Cambridge-based inkle, who are creating Heaven’s Vault, a game where you uncover a lost past and decipher a lost language. It’s a great adventure game, featuring archaeologist Aliya Elasra and Six, her wheeled, semi-humanoid robot assistant. Aliya and Six explore The Nebula, an ancient network of scattered moons, finding cities and buildings […]

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Football: Argentina play Italy in Manchester on 23rd March

22nd March 2018

Argentina play Italy in a friendly here in Manchester on Friday 23rd March. Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup this summer, but Argentina have qualified, and see this match as an important part of their preparation for the World Cup Finals in Russia. Argentina’s manager Jorge Sampaoli is looking forward to a great […]

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Translating Chinese menus

14th March 2018

Travellers often have some photos of funny translations they have seen in China or other countries. We’ve got a great example here! Chinese food names use Chinese characters that have positive associations. They are very atmospheric, but may not be a description of the actual food contained in the dish. This is one reason why […]

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Football club uses automatic translation with disastrous results

31st January 2018

The Argentine football club Independiente used an automatic translation software to translate footballer Bryan Cabeza’s transfer contract, but mistakes made by the translation software caused the transfer to fall through. Independiente were seeking to re-sign 20 year-old Ecuadorian Cabezas from Atalanta of Italy. He had previously played at Independiente, then transferred to Atalanta in 2016. After […]

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