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Course Summary

Watch Professor Loredana Polezzi summarise the course, Working with Translation.
So we’ve come to the end of our four weeks, and we’ve all been on a rather long and meandering journey about translation. We’ve looked at different types of translation and many different kinds of translators. And along the way we’ve tried to dispel some of the myths about translation, that it is easy, that anybody can do it, it’s just a matter of transposing one word for another or perhaps the opposite that it is an impossible task bound to betray and to fail the original every time. We’ve also tried to give you some tips about how to make the most of translation and interpreting.
How to prepare for translation so that you can perhaps pre-empt some of the difficulties and the issues that might come up. How to think about where and when translation takes place, and how that effects the way that it is deployed, or how to reflect upon your own practices both as a translator and as a user of translation. To perhaps make things better more efficient more effective and fairer for everybody.
As we said from the start translation is all around us and the task of the translator is never-ending we’re lifelong learners driven by need as much as by choice, by desire as well as much as by professional duty We hope that you will take something useful away from these four weeks and from our joint journey, and we hope of course that you will continue to tell us about how reflecting on translation has changed the way in which you think about it. Will you transform the way in which you do translation in your workplace? Will you look at your city or listen to it in a different way? Will you perhaps want to go and learn a new language?
or will you simply pick up your next translated novel and read it in a different way? You can tell us about it using Twitter or email, but whatever else you do keep translating.

In this video, Prof. Loredana Polezzi summarises the course.

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