Projects, Services

New Project: Code Chrysalis English Prep Bootcamp Beta

I’m excited to be heading to Tokyo on Jan. 4 as a consultant on Code Chrysalis‘ English Prep Bootcamp Beta. If you know anyone in Japan who might be interested in a four-week English immersive course around their usual work, please forward them this link. Thanks!
My current English conversation students can continue their private lessons with me while I am in Japan. The next intake for new students will be in March.


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Professional Development

FIT Congress 2017 in Brisbane

2017-08-03 20.26.18I attended the recent FIT Congress in Brisbane, Australia, held Aug. 3-5 at Brisbane Exhibition & Convention Centre. FIT is the Fédération Internationale des Traducteurs / International Federation of Translators.

It was my first time to attend FIT Congress. The first time I heard about it was in 2014 when it held in Berlin, so it was on my radar as something I would like to attend one day. The Congress is held every three years and Brisbane 2017 was the first one held in Oceania since 1996. So, I decided it was a good opportunity to attend while it was close to home, certainly closer than last time, and I am so glad that I went!
It was an exceptional conference and very worthwhile. I enjoyed reconnecting with colleagues from Australia and New Zealand, meeting new people, and attending a SDL Trados workshop the day before the conference. During the conference, I was entertained and educated by a wide array of keynote speeches. I also attended an eclectic range of presentations. With up to eight concurrent sessions, it was difficult to choose where to go, and a few times, I wondered what I was missing in the room next door…
During other sessions, I felt that I was exactly where I was meant to be. Serendipity!

Two weeks later, when I look back over the program, here are the presentations that jump out at me as the best ones that I attended.

  • Colleen Rosas, Maggie Napurrula Burns, Nadyezhda Pozzana – Theresa Napurrula Ross Aboriginal Interpreters Service ‐ Don’t be shame! Building the confidence to be an Aboriginal interpreter
  • KEYNOTE: Prof. Anthony Pym ‐ Translators do more than translate
  • Massey, G. & Ehrensberger‐Dow, M. ‐ The Ergonomics of Professional Translation Under Pressure
  • Hale, S. et al. ‐ Interpreting Challenging Situations in a Police Interview. The Difference Training Can Make to Achieving Accuracy
  • Durban, C. ‐Disruption and Premium Markets—the Wetware Strikes Back
  • PLENARY: Dr. Glenn Flores ‐ Dissatisfied, Misdiagnosed, and At Risk to Die
  • PANEL: Beagley, J & Berner, S. with Durban, C – Monitoring and Analysing: Business Intelligence for Freelancers and Small Businesses 
  • KEYNOTE: Prof. Jemina Napier ‐ Disruption and Diversification in the Deaf World and its Impact on the
    Sign Language Interpreting Profession
  • Tsuboi, M. ‐ Translation Practice in the Age of Globalism and Nationalism: Representations of “Nation” in Japanese  
  • KEYNOTE: Michael Cronin ‐ Why Translation Should Not Cost the Earth: Towards Geocentric Translation Studies

And here are some photos and snaps of presentation slides.

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Time to Share

Hello! Welcome to my new website and my first blog post. I am going to use this blog to share ideas, stories, information, and useful resources related to translation, interpreting, Japanese language & culture, ESL/EFL teaching & learning, and more.

I’ve just created Twitter and Instagram accounts today for South Paw Translation. Next week I will attend FIT World Congress 2017 Brisbane and I am really looking forward to it. I’ll share my first Instagram post next week and send updates from the road.

While I enjoy translating and interpreting other people’s words and ideas, I look forward to sharing my own words and photographs through these channels from now on.