Meet the linguists: the new French government is packing some pretty intimidating skills

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Team Macron is ready to talk. You pick the language.

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Why investing in linguistic & cultural mediation would pay off for business

Décidément, this week’s posts have quite a French leaning. Today I wanted to share with you a recent article by Eléonore Mandel, Professeur en Management Interculturel, École de Management de Normandie, about how intercultural issues are crucial for business. It includes some #awkward# examples of French-Japanese misunderstanding – and shows why professional language-intercultural practitioners are so needed in the corporate world. Continue reading

Law firm with a solid approach to legal translation

My ears pricked up (well, my eyes) when I saw a tweet by the relatively new blog Slator, ostensibly about NMT (Neural Machine Translation).

Head of at law firm says NMT not sufficiently developed for use in much of their work

So I clicked through, and was pleasantly surprised to find an article which contains interesting insights into a law firm that respects the legal translator’s role.

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Life as a Parliamentary archivist

guest bookToday it is my pleasure to interview Mari Takayanagi, who has worked in the Parliamentary Archives in London in various roles including public services, outreach, preservation and access, since 2000. She has a particular interest in the history of women and Parliament, and is currently involved in projects to mark 100 years of women and the vote in 2018, and women in the law in 2019.

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New special issue on Quality in Legal Translation (open access)

jostrans-logoThe latest issue of The Journal of Specialised Translation (JoSTrans) is now available, including, amongst other things, articles on: the skills needed  for legal translation; written translation in criminal proceedings as a separate right;  translating in the EU environment; translating the names of official bodies; quality assurance; assessment; and stakeholder involvement in quality.

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Guest post – NDA checklist

guest bookThis guest post is the second time (see here for the first) I have had the pleasure of welcoming Danaë Hosek-Ugolini, a legal, business & shipping translator and experienced English solicitor who holds a diploma in legal studies from Oxford University and a Master’s in private law from the equally august University of Paris II. Her language pairs are French & Greek into English and Greek & English into French. Continue reading