Babylonians were quite formal in their written records, so working out how to be chatty in their long-dead language was an exciting challenge.
Actor Nicole Kidman and Big Little Lies’ Australian author Liane Moriarty at the Emmys in 2017.
A new survey of Australia’s international book rights sales finds children’s books are most popular with overseas buyers but adult fiction is catching up.
A story about male violence and a damsel in distress, it is based on a true crime
Subtitles need to be read quickly and dubbing needs to match lips. It’s not an easy feat.
As the popularity of Squid Game continues to grow globally, there have been debates over the quality of the English subtitle translation - but critics are missing important context.
Coding is a specialized skill that requires learning one or more computer languages.
Natural language coding means that people won’t need to learn specialized coding languages to write programs or design websites. But large corporations will control the means of translation.
There is something beautiful about African languages carrying science, fictionalised of course, into imagined futures.
Even the Oxford English Dictionary contains traces of sexism – it’s little wonder that our translation tools do too.
Migrant workers in a Florida community hit hard by Hurricane Irma line up for donated supplies.
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Misunderstanding disaster warnings can have catastrophic consequences for people who don’t speak the language used for emergency communications.
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If humans only translate what it is familiar to them, something essential is lost. The art of translation requires the permission to transcend borders and make mistakes.
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The documentary resulted in the creation of an active translation network.
Police officers are expected to take statements without any real training in the process.
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Police officers are also not, and are not expected to be, sworn translators or interpreters. This has serious implications for justice.
Justice cannot be served if those before the courts don’t understand proceedings.
Most of the accused in criminal cases in South Africa would not be able to understand the record of their court proceedings.
Unexpected limelight: the Italian translator who stole Trump’s show.
In a world of people striving for more public professional recognition, interpreters try to remain invisible.
Artificial Intelligence can perpetuate existing social imbalances in a harmful manner. Can this undesirable scenario be avoided?
Winners: author Jokha Alharthi (left) and translator Marilyn Booth (right) at the 2019 Man Booker International awards ceremony in May 2019.
Jokha Alharthi is the first woman from Oman to have a book translated into English.
An emerging genre of fiction in France is providing an unlikely brand of escapism.
Behrouz Boochani photographed on Manus Island.
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Behrouz Boochani wrote his memoir of incarceration on Manus Island one text message at a time. Translating this work of ‘horrific surrealism’ from Farsi to English was a profoundly philosophical experience.
Interpreter Marina Gross at work in Helsinki.
Interpreters’ notes are used as a short-term memory aid, not a full record of a discussion.
Time to talk.
How Hwee Young
Kim Jong-un may be able to “chat” in English. That’s not enough to understand Donald Trump.