WE SPEAK YOUR LANGUAGE AND MANY MORE
A DAY TO CELEBRATE WHAT TRANSLATORS AND INTERPRETERS DO
It is common to walk the streets of Vancouver and hear many languages, or meet people who speak two, or even five or more languages. But how many people need assistance in speaking the main language of where they live or work, needing help to go to the doctor, or requiring assistance on their first business trip abroad? The line between one culture and another is the realm of translation and interpretation professionals.
On Friday, September 30th, on the occasion of International Translation Day, the Society of Translators and Interpreters of British Columbia (STIBC) will be celebrating its 30th anniversary with a full day of activities and exhibits to showcase the usually low-profile – but highly relevant and interesting – profession of translation and interpretation.
From 10 am to 5 pm, the exhibition area will present a sampling of interpretation and translation services, ranging from conference interpreting to literary translation, along with live demonstrations with audience participation. As language services are delivered in a variety of settings, representatives will be on site from institutions that train or hire translators and interpreters, including settlement agencies, the courts, schools, businesses and government. STIBC is inviting the general public to attend, including those wishing to become translators, e.g. multi-lingual university students, and also those who may need interpretation, e.g. a company just starting to expand to China.
PROGRAM (subject to change)
The exhibition will be divided into several areas, each highlighting a particular theme with a special hands-on activity to be led by a language professional(s). The five planned activities are:
• Learning to say hello and other words in many languages
• Doctor’s office visit with an interpreter
• Translation slam
• Mock courtroom trial
• Business conference interpreting demonstration
• The Right Way to Buy Translation
There will also be displays of the major language communities in Vancouver, with a note highlighting the first known interpreter/translator for each.
The exhibition area will be open from 10 am to 5 pm, with one live activity starting every twenty minutes. Entry to the hotel and the Mackenzie Room is near the west exit of the Waterfront Skytrain/Seabus.
It is not necessary to pre-register, although we appreciate those who do let us know that they will join us. If you are a group of more than 5 people, please register by Wednesday, Sept 28 so that we can find the best time for you to view all of the areas.
For more information please contact:
The Society of Translators and Interpreters of British Columbia (STIBC)
Tel. 604-684-2940, [email protected]