Here’s wishing everyone a happy and prosperous journey throughout the year, both personally and professionally!
Several people have sent links to articles, training opportunities or tools that might be of interest. If you come across any as well, please send them in for a future Grab Bag!
For your reading pleasure:
Found in Translation: How Language Shapes Our Lives and Transforms the World is a fantastic look at our world, written by Nataly Kelly and Jost Zetsche (available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and other retailers.) A recent review by interpreter Michelle Hof in her blog included a few questions, which Nataly Kelly kindly answered. Anyone interested in the follow-up can find the article at http://theinterpreterdiaries.com/2013/01/15/found-in-translation-book-review-nataly-kelly-responds/
A handy site for research: https://www.khanacademy.org/
Literary translation, anyone? Check out: http://k1nlitra.ca/
How about a little medical interpreting practice? http://practiceinterpreting.com/
Or learn about all sorts of things at https://www.coursera.org/
And finally, a brief word about security. Scammers and hackers are busy people: be careful when opening attachments or links, especially from unexpected sources.
The other day, an email dropped into my inbox that appeared to be from the manufacturers of my accounting software. They notified me of a glitch in my current version and provided a link for a patch to fix the problem.
Something about the wording raised a flag with me, so I rolled my mouse over the link and looked at the actual website address that popped up (usually on the lower left side of the screen.) Sure enough, the link actually led to a site completely unrelated to my accounting software people.
Problem avoided. But it served as a good reminder to keep a weather eye out and exercise a little judicious caution when clicking on links.