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One Veteran’s Battle to Bring His Afghan Interpreter to the U.S.

One Veteran’s Battle to Bring His Afghan Interpreter to the U.S. | Notes on Interpreting | Scoop.it
It took five years, amid constant death threats from the Taliban, to get one Army unit’s Afghan interpreter and his family to the United States. There has to be a better way. By Matt Zeller

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It ends well, in this single case.

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I last saw my Afghan interpreter, Janis Shenwary, in December 2008 at the main gate of Camp Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan. Janis had come to say goodbye as my tour was nearly at its end. I thanked him for saving my life in combat and for making me feel so welcome in his country.

As he turned to leave, Janis told me that an interpreter from Ghazni (the province in which we served for the duration of my tour) was murdered by the Taliban a week before while traveling home for the Eid-Al-Adha holiday. I hugged Janis and told him “My brother, I’ll do whatever it takes to get you back to the United States.” It took every ounce of strength to let go. As Janis walked away into the busy Kabul streets, his large padding-stuffed coat held tightly around his body, I prayed that I'd one day see him again.

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The Third Men: The Strange, High-Pressure Work of Presidential Interpreters

The Third Men: The Strange, High-Pressure Work of Presidential Interpreters | Notes on Interpreting | Scoop.it
The people who help bridge the language gap in meetings like Friday’s Trump-Putin summit serve as confidants, fact-checkers, and de facto diplomats.
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Farewell to ‘Chinglish’ signs as China cracks down?

Farewell to ‘Chinglish’ signs as China cracks down? | Notes on Interpreting | Scoop.it
In the latest campaign to rid the country of ‘Chinglish’ and burnish its international image, the government will set guidelines for the language of signs in public areas
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Translator's Visibility - Translating Murakami Live

Translator's Visibility - Translating Murakami Live | Notes on Interpreting | Scoop.it
A blog about Haruki Murakami's latest novel Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
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Newssary -- a bilingual glossary app

An excellent tool for translators and language learners!❤ A bilingual glossary app - Newssary (中英雙語時事詞彙)is now available on both App Store and Play Store, a product of hard work by HKU's Dr Eva Ng, her students, research assistants and designers over many years. 


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People who speak two languages experience time differently, study finds

People who speak two languages experience time differently, study finds | Notes on Interpreting | Scoop.it
For those who can speak only one language, people who have the ability to speak several are often a source of fascination. What language do they think in? Can they switch mid-way through? Do they dream in one language or both?
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Facebook created a faster, more accurate translation system using artificial intelligence

Facebook created a faster, more accurate translation system using artificial intelligence | Notes on Interpreting | Scoop.it
Tuesday, Facebook announced that its machine learning experts have created a neural network that translates language up to nine times faster and more accurately than other current systems that use a standard method to translate text. Read on.
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Murakami cites benefits of his translation work to rapt audience:The Asahi Shimbun

Murakami cites benefits of his translation work to rapt audience:The Asahi Shimbun | Notes on Interpreting | Scoop.it
As a skilled literary craftsman who often wears two hats, Haruki Murakami provided a rare insight in
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“Five Poems for Poem in Your Pocket Day,” by Anna Hernandez

“Five Poems for Poem in Your Pocket Day,” by Anna Hernandez | Notes on Interpreting | Scoop.it
It’s that time of the year again, National Poetry Month! Poem in Your Pocket Day is April 27, and in celebration, we offer these five poems to read, share, and carry in your pocket for later as we celebrate the beauty of the written word. 
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Meet the 13-Year-Old Pakistani Girl on a Mission to Read the World

Meet the 13-Year-Old Pakistani Girl on a Mission to Read the World | Notes on Interpreting | Scoop.it
A year ago, 12-year-old Aisha Esbhani, sitting in her home in Karachi, Pakistan, looked up at her bookshelf and realized that it was filled almost entirely with
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Scholars win Global Humanities Initiative translation prize - Northwestern Now

Scholars win Global Humanities Initiative translation prize  - Northwestern Now | Notes on Interpreting | Scoop.it
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THE HISTORY OF TRANSLATION IN THE ARAB WORLD - The Open Mic

THE HISTORY OF TRANSLATION IN THE ARAB WORLD - The Open Mic | Notes on Interpreting | Scoop.it
Today, we won’t be talking about financial, legal or marketing translation, but the history of translation in the Arab world. We will take a look at this two-thousand year old tradition, since its inception in early AD, stretching from the Syrians to contemporary theorists and passing through the Abbasid Caliphs. THE BEGINNINGS OF TRANSLATION INTO …
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Language barriers at Japanese medical institutions put foreign patients at risk: expert | The Japan Times

Language barriers at Japanese medical institutions put foreign patients at risk: expert | The Japan Times | Notes on Interpreting | Scoop.it
Here's a little-known, unnerving truth about health care in Japan: for non-Japanese, the death rate is higher than that for Japanese. According to the heal
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Cantonese v Mandarin: When Hong Kong languages get political - BBC News

Cantonese v Mandarin: When Hong Kong languages get political - BBC News | Notes on Interpreting | Scoop.it
Hong Kongers are getting better at speaking Mandarin, but speaking the language is a taboo to many.
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Google Translate

Google Translate. Technology, you love it and hate it. But what happens when you have to use it to communicate with someone you love? Watch as Jason trie
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Appeals court to weigh Texas voting law limiting language interpreters

Appeals court to weigh Texas voting law limiting language interpreters | Notes on Interpreting | Scoop.it
The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments Thursday over an obscure provision in the Texas Election Code that critics say makes it harder for Texans not proficient in English to get assistance while voting.
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The 10 Oldest Languages Still Spoken In The World Today

The 10 Oldest Languages Still Spoken In The World Today | Notes on Interpreting | Scoop.it
Oldies and goodies: Check out our list of the ten oldest languages in the world.
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Translators work to preserve languages, dialects and history | The Japan Times

Translators work to preserve languages, dialects and history | The Japan Times | Notes on Interpreting | Scoop.it
Translators play a vital role in saving the world's languages, their work allowing 6,000 to 7,000 spoken tongues to exist, and 3,000 rare dialects to survi
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Countries as Named in Their Own Languages

Countries as Named in Their Own Languages | Notes on Interpreting | Scoop.it
Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.
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'The Little Prince' becomes world's most translated book, excluding religious works

'The Little Prince' becomes world's most translated book, excluding religious works | Notes on Interpreting | Scoop.it
The cult classic by Antoine Saint Exupery, originally written in French, has been translated into its 300th language -- Hassanya -- a North African variant of Arabic, reports Livre Hebdo, citing the Antoine de Saint Exupéry Youth Foundation.
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Chinese Language Day

Chinese Language Day | Notes on Interpreting | Scoop.it
As the world's most widely spoken language it seems appropriate that Mandarin Chinese has one day every year dedicated to it. This officially marked da
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