We have a problem. It’s a problem that anyone whose mind is broader than a CAT tool manual and more open than a booth door can spot. Interpreting and translation have really, really awful PR. Sure, Larry the literary translator might get approving reviews in a book magazine or even the odd approving article in … More We need to talk about Interpreting (and Translation) PR
I’ve been an interpreter for over ten years now and I have already seen more trends and changes in fashion than I would ever have anticipated. But one thing hasn’t changed and it really should. A very old story might help to illuminate the problem. In Greek mythology, Narcissus is famous for falling so in … More The Narcissus Curse and Translation and Interpreting
Interpreting and translation need better PR. That is almost a truism by now. But might improving the way that the world sees interpreting mean changing the way we talk about it? A few days ago, I had the honour of meeting up with translation marketing expert, Tess Whitty. For an hour or so, we wandered … More Making Interpreting Popular
The more time I spend in this weird double-world of being a researcher and practitioner, the more I find myself asking questions of both. Such as, does it make sense to have an officially-sanctioned way into the profession that requires no socialisation? And should practitioners really care about wider trends that won’t affect them directly … More What are we measuring and why?
(with the help of cows) 1) Positivism You have two cows. That is too small for a true statistical sample. You go off to find someone with 1,000 normally distributed, randomly sampled bovines. 2) Interpretivism You have two cows. Their reality is as valid as yours, so you decide to call them “chickens”. 3) Post-colonialism … More Research Philosophies Explained
I have discovered a secret weapon for when my little girl cries and is hard to comfort. Rather than fretting, worrying or shushing, I simply dance with her. It might look strange to outsiders but I look right into her eyes, even when they are screwed shut and covered in tears and we begin to … More The Dance and the Manger
If there were a limit to God’s grace, no one would be saved. Let’s face it, when the Bible says that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” it has us all bang to rights. Not one person on this planet could stand up and honestly say that they deserve the … More You Can Always Come Back
This is a question that came to me in the shower today. In a world full of podcasts, viral videos, personalised advertising and self-help guides, what good does preaching do? Faced with the truth that the majority of Christians hear at least 52 sermons per year but probably forget most of them within a few … More What’s the Point of Preaching?
Malachi 1: 6-14 In the last month, much of my working time has gone into one thing: yesterday at 12.10, I spoke for 15 minutes to a room full of PhD students, supervisors and senior professors. There is no way this will lead to a new job or a promotion. It is basically just a … More Is God Getting Your Best?
John 8: 1-11 There is something inside all human beings that longs for justice. From a very young age, we cry for fairness. We scream and shout if someone else seems to be receiving privileges we are not. We love to watch as people are punished for doing something wrong. We often think that God … More Unexpected Forgiveness