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The Interpreter

Why do people decide to become a translator or interpreter?  What's a typical day like?  What is the best part of working with languages? Hint: if your idea of being a translator or interpreter is based on the performances of Gwyneth Paltrow ("A Perfect Murder") or Nicole Kidman ("The Interpreter"), you may be in for a surprise.

"Translator Tales", an oral history project co-sponsored by the American Translators Association and McElroy Translations, lets translators and interpreters tell their own stories.

The project wants to bring "translation and interpreting careers to life through personal stories". The first interviews were recorded at the ATA's 2008 Annual Conference and more are being taped this week at this year's meeting in New York.  There are some great stories here.  What's yours?




Photo by Bangemsmurf




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