In Interpreting, the simplest questions are the hardest to answer

There are some thoughts and musings that just don’t fit either on my business blog or in a magazine or book. At least, not for now. Here’s one that doesn’t belong in those places but is still worth thinking about. Pick any simple question about interpreting, like “What is good interpreting?” or “Which is better: … More In Interpreting, the simplest questions are the hardest to answer

Euphemisms for “My Data are Rubbish”

It’s a descriptive analysis. It’s just an exploratory study. It fails to confirm my initial hypothesis. I’m using a deconstructivist approach (*ducks*). My case lies outside the bounds of established theory (… way outside the bounds). Statistics/Replicability/Rigour/Testing is/are irrelevant for this kind of data. The relationship between this study and previous work on similar questions … More Euphemisms for “My Data are Rubbish”

Being the Best

So, it is now about a week since I found out that I have been elected to the ITI Board for a second term. Before I go any further, I would like to say that I would have been happy with either result. Valeria Aliperta is a true professional who has really contributed to the … More Being the Best

Academics, Blogging and The Real Meaning of Impact

Irony alert: this post will do exactly what it says not to do. It’s even more fashionable than tweed jackets with natty leather patches, academics are jumping on the blogging train. Wherever you go, another university is jumping on the back carriage and hoping that they can say something interesting to the passing crowds. In … More Academics, Blogging and The Real Meaning of Impact

Being Who You Are

It’s almost twenty past eight, there’s music on the laptop and Helen is dancing with Joshua. She’s talking once again about jumping into music and me? I’m writing. Inspired, re-fired, ready to spring to life again. While she’s mega-excited about singing, I am getting ideas at a hundred miles an hour. I’m alive again. One … More Being Who You Are

Upcoming Changes

As you might have noticed, I have been updating this blog less often of late. I could come up with many excuses but none of them would be that honest. Basically, it has basically been because of a lack of inspiration for articles on translation topics and the growing amount of time taken up with … More Upcoming Changes

Freelancing Rocks (But it won’t give you a job title)

I’m Jonathan and I am a translator. No scrub that, I am an interpreter. No, forget that, I am a researcher. Hmm, maybe I am really a preacher. Or maybe I am really a language services provider. Or maybe a proofreader or a blogger or a company director or… Anyone else recognise that feeling? It … More Freelancing Rocks (But it won’t give you a job title)