The Machine Translation Literacy Project

In Canada, a project has been launched “to inform all kinds of users about how MT systems process information, as well as to teach them how to interact with MT tools either before or after the translation phase to get results that meet their needs”.

The infographics have been widely shared over Twitter, and are so far available in English and French. The files are open access and the project website says “feel free to adapt to other languages and let us know so we can link to them!”. Continue reading

Job opportunity – Chinese interpreter, United Nations

The Chinese Interpretation Section, Interpretation Service, Department for General Assembly and Conference Management at the United Nations headquarters in New York is seeking two Chinese interpreters.

English and French are the working languages in the United Nations Secretariat. For these positions, a perfect command of Chinese, normally expected to be the candidate’s main language, is required. Candidates must also possess an excellent command of English or French. Continue reading

Job opportunity – Translation Officer, ICC

The Integrated Services Division (ISD) within the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague is seeking a Translation Officer for a fixed-term appointment until 31/12/2022.

Experience required: A minimum of five (5) years (seven (7) years with a first-level university degree) of relevant work experience in translation, language services or linguistics, preferably in an international organisation. Continue reading

Peace, health & happiness

As we come to the close of the year, I would like to wish every reader all the very best.😊

Let us make sure that 2022 is a renewed journey towards positivity, kindness and tolerance.

The blog will be back in early January.

W2D2022 – Important update

Here I am with some news on the organization of the Third WordstoDeeds Conference, venue Jesus College in Cambridge, UK.

As most of you will know, the Omicron variant has caused a lot of frenzy – particularly with the media – and the forecasts are that in late January it will still be around.

I do not feel that we can reliably maintain the planned dates, as it is hard to predict different countries’ policies, so, once we have new options for dates from Jesus College there will be a planning Zoom meeting with registered delegates so that we can come to a joint decision regarding new dates in the UK summer period. I will therefore post updated conference dates after that meeting, before the end of December.
 
Hopefully this will mean that even more of you will be able to attend!
 

 

W2D2022 – REGISTRATION GOES LIVE!

IMPORTANT – DATES CURRENTLY BEING UPDATED – PLEASE CHECK THE BLOG FOR LATEST NEWS

First of all a very big thank you to all of the people who have sent in expressions of interest. I am delighted to announce that the Third WordstoDeeds Conference 2022 is going ahead from Saturday 5 to Sunday 6 February 2022 at Jesus College, Cambridge, UK.

Registration

Registration is now open on this page of the conference website. As previously indicated, registration will have two phases:

  • a deposit of 25% by 15 November, 
  • and the remaining 75% to be paid by 31 December.
  • there is also an option to pay the full fee in one go now, to avoid extra bank charges.

If you or your firm would rather receive an invoice to pay by bank transfer instead of paying by card through the secure platform on the conference website, just let me know.

Accommodation

Attendance can be with college accommodation or alternatively delegates can book their own accommodation elsewhere in Cambridge, which offers a profusion of bed & breakfasts and hotels.

As there will not be enough accommodation in the college for all participants, rooms will be allocated in the order that delegates signed up to the expressions of interest, provided they have paid for their rooms. As soon as we reach capacity, accommodation booking will be closed.

Following some questions I have received in the last few hours – if you are wondering which nights to book accommodation for… 

The conference will end on Sunday around 5.30-6pm, and we have planned a relaxed dinner at a local restaurant for anyone who wishes to attend. This was to replace the social activities that we previously had on the third day of the conference, thinking that most people would probably not want to do social activities on the Monday. 

As for Friday, the organizer and several others will be in Cambridge if anyone would like to meet up, although we are organising a schools competition prize-giving in the earlier part of the day.

Tell your colleagues!

Numbers are only just hovering around the feasible level at present, so please spread the word far and wide.

The conference Twitter hashtag is #W2D2022.

Let’s once again roar to the world out there about legal translators, the very important work that we do, that we are a force to be reckoned with, and make this another roaring success!

Programme

You can expect more details to filter through to the conference programme page over the next couple of weeks, so do keep re-visiting it!

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Safety

As explained in the previous information released, the Venue has agreed to give us a 100% refund if due to government restrictions whether inside or outside the UK the conference had to be cancelled.

Travel – STOP PRESS ADDITION!

Eurostar has a special offer of discounted Paris>London fares if booked by 10 November 2020: see here. At present they are showing at €39 per journey leg. They also say “All our tickets are flexible*, so if *you know what* puts paid to your travel plans, then you can always rearrange your trip”.

If it is more convenient for you to fly, London Stansted is the nearest airport – only 31 miles from Cambridge, and there are many ways to make the journey from the airport to Cambridge, including trains, coaches, taxis and hire car. By the way, “London” in the name “London Stansted” is quite confusing – if you look at a map you’ll see it’s nowhere near London!! 😊 The airline which runs almost all flights to Stansted is Ryanair.

Traineeships – European Parliament

The translation department of the European Parliament is offering 80 paid traineeship places in the Directorate-General for Translation (DG TRAD), in Luxembourg or Brussels.

The traineeships last 5 months! The next traineeship period is from 1 March to 31 July.
Applications are open until 30th November 2021. Continue reading