This language specific (English-Chinese) workshop will focus on the preparation for CTTIC translation exams, covering:
1) Elements of good translation - faithfulness/semantic, fluency/syntactic, nuances/stylistic;
2) Your weaknesses - comprehension/expression, vocabulary/grammar, reasoning/logic;
3) Quick fix - omission, punctuation, protocol, mixed usage;
4) Case study - analysis and critique of examples from past exams.
Even if you are not preparing for any exam at the moment, these self-critiquing techniques will help you when translating or editing your own/someone else's work.
The workshop will be conducted mainly in Mandarin Chinese, with English materials provided. Please bring your own pen(s).
Jerry Sun, freelance translator/interpreter, Certified STIBC translator since 1997
B.A. in English Languages and Literature, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
M.A. in Translation and Interpretation, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, USA
Text to be translated:
Europe’s leaders braced their nations for a turbulent year, with their beleaguered economies facing a threat on two fronts. Widening deficits force more borrowing, but increasing austerity measures put growth further out of reach.
Saying that Europe was facing its “harshest test in decades,” Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany warned on New Year’s Eve that “next year will no doubt be more difficult than 2011.” This is a marked change in tone from a year ago, when she praised Germans for “mastering the crisis as no other nation.”
Her blunt message was echoed in Italy, France and Greece, the epicenter of the debt crisis, where Prime Minister Lucas Papademos asked for resolve in seeing reforms through, “so that the sacrifices we have made up to now won’t be in vain.”
While the economic picture in the United States has brightened recently with more upbeat employment figures, Europe remains in a slump. Most economists are forecasting a recession for 2012. This will heighten the pressure governments and financial institutions across the Continent are seeing.
(source New York Times)