Monthly Archives: September 2008

Synchronicity

Not having had much time recently to post, I wanted to mention an interesting synchronicity of events today on the subject of bilingualism: one an article questioning Barack Obama’s support of bilingualism (see my earlier post) as an effective means … Continue reading

Posted in foreign languages | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

SOS… English translators and interpreters wanted in Brussels

Apparently it’s retirement time for native English-speaking interpreters and translators in Brussels – whose average age is said to be 58 – but so far a younger cohort has not stepped up to the mark. It all goes back to … Continue reading

Posted in foreign languages | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

NEW FICTION ROUND-UP

SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY Published Date: 14 September 2008 NEW FICTION ROUND-UP By LUCINDA BYATT BLONDE ROOTS Bernardine Evaristo Hamish Hamilton, £17.99 In this geographical reversal of the transatlantic slave trade, Evaristo’s aim was to enable people to question it afresh, … Continue reading

Posted in book reviews | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

If our elected representatives can’t do it, what hope is there for common mortals?

This subject leads on – vaguely – from Michael Gove’s outburst against translating fiction, because it prompted me to explore the linguistic skills of some of today’s politicians – ranging from all-powerful to backbenchers.   Leaving aside the question of reading … Continue reading

Posted in foreign languages | Tagged , | 8 Comments