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Author: Annette Labbé




Aug
17
2016

Say What? Equivalence in Tremblay’s Albertine en Cinq Temps and Albertine in Five Times

While thinking about what to write for this week’s blog, I remembered an assignment I had while I was a student in University for my Translation Theory course. The assignment was to read Michel Tremblay’s play Albertine en Cinq Temps and compare it... More

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Jun
01
2015

Advice for a new translator

I’ve been asked a few times now what advice I’d give to someone who was interested in becoming a translator. Here are a few points to consider: Get a degree in translation or a related field. I say this because taking all those language / translation... More

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May
18
2015

Research and Translation: Helpful tools in the translation process

When I discuss researching and translation with people, a lot of the time they assume that my research is minimal. They think that I simply let computer software translate the text and that I go in afterwards and fix the incorrectly translated parts... More

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May
11
2015

In the translation process, sometimes you have to say no

Many people think that translators can do any kind of translation brought to them. I can say with certainty that that’s not true. Translators try their very best to be knowledgeable in as many areas as possible, but there are certain types of... More

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Apr
27
2015

Multiple translators and the translation process: to quote the Beatles, “Let It Be”

When I first started out in translation, I had a lot to learn. One of the most difficult things for me was the concept of “project collaboration”. I honestly thought that if I was organized enough, I wouldn’t have to work with other translators to... More

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Apr
12
2015

Humanness is the key to interest

One of the most important things about translation (and many people don’t think about this) is keeping the writing / the translation interesting.I maintain that to have a successful translation, it must be interesting and engage the reader. How does... More

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Apr
09
2015

This article originally brought to you by the absence of the letter “e”

A few months ago, I was sent an interesting article that related to translation.The said article stated that there are two complete novels in existence that were written without the use of the letter “e” in any of the words….on purpose.  So if a word... More

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Mar
25
2015

Addressing perception in translation

A few weeks ago, something showed up on my Facebook feed multiple times. It was a seemingly normal photo of a white and gold dress. As it turns out, there was much debate as to what colour said dress actually was.  Some said it was white and gold,... More

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Mar
11
2015

Can Anyone Who's Bilingual Translate? The Short Answer: No!

Sometimes people ask me what it takes to become a translator. Can anyone who’s bilingual translate? The short answer is no. Just because someone is bilingual and has the ability to understand and interact in both languages doesn’t mean he or she has... More

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Sep
24
2012

Translation on Tattoos

I’ve been noticing a trend in Hollywood for the last little while….it may seem strange and/or problematic on the surface but it’s interesting and makes sense when I look at it from a translator’s point of view.  The new Hollywood trend is to get... More

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