Sunday, September 30, 2007

Don't Shoot the Messenger!

Today, September 30th (St. Jerome's Day), is International Translation Day!

While not typically honored on the calendar of the general public, this is an extremely important day for recognition of interpreters and translators around the world.

This press release from the International Federation of Translators highlights the essential role played by translators and interpreters in society, with their 2007 theme of "Don't Shoot the Messenger!":

"From the embedded translator in the battle zone to the interpreter whispering in the ear of a visiting dignitary to the specialist translating the owner’s manual for your next car or subtitling a news report, the work of the language professions is present in every part of the globe, in every walk of life. Everyone, everywhere, is increasingly dependent on the services of those who
make language their business."

It is the mission of the From Our Lips to Your Ears project to bring some of these stories to life and celebrate these professionals.

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