From teaching to translating

October has arrived, I’ve got out my winter coat and boots, but there seems to be no let up in the visitor numbers in this end of Cornwall. Luckily the days of mist and drizzle have been punctuated with glorious sunshine, which makes me think there’s no better place to live!

Autumn always feels like a time of new beginnings (must be the teacher in me!). I finally submitted the dissertation for my MA in Translation Studies in September and I’m now putting my energies into setting up as a freelance translator. Fortunately for me the ITI (Institute for Translators and Interpreters) runs a great course entitled – wait for it – “Setting Up as a Freelance Translator”. I have already learnt loads from the tutors, all practising translators, and am trying to narrow down which fields to specialise in.

I translate from Spanish and German into English. I also subtitle. Being a film fan encouraged me to take the subtitling module on the MA and I enjoyed it so much that I made my dissertation all about subtitling my favourite Spanish TV series, Cuéntame Comó Pasó. You know, you could all lobby your favourite streaming/video-on-demand service to acquire this series – then I’d be well placed for work for a few months at least (there are upwards of 300 episodes). In any case, it’s a great series and I recommend it to advanced Spanish learners as a way of improving your Spanish and learning about recent Spanish history. I still enjoy it even after having to watch the same scenes frame by frame about two thousand times whilst preparing the subtitles.

Talking of Spanish learners, my Intermediate/Improvers Spanish course recommences on Mondays 5.30 – 6.30 pm at the Centre of Pendeen and there is plenty of space for anyone who’s interested in this friendly, practical class. I may offer Beginners Spanish too, if I can get enough students, so please get in touch. I am currently not taking on any more classes as I focus on my translation business, but do get in touch and I may be able to point you in the right direction.


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