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  • Writer's pictureIna Maertens

TIFO 2019: Teaching Translation vs. Training Translators

Updated: Feb 27, 2020

In November 2019, Ina Maertens, founder of Maertens Legal Translations, participated in this year's edition of Translation and Interpreting Forum (TIFO 2019) organized by Palacký University Olomouc, where she presented a paper with the title Building Interpreter Specialization: Living Up to Client's Expectations.

She spoke about what makes a successful interpreter, and how success is derived from customers' expectations. She explained how ironic it is that experts rely on non-experts (i.e. interpreters) to help them communicate, and emphasized the importance of understanding professional jargon and using it appropriately. She argued that specialization is possible even in a such a small market as the Czech Republic, and shared some examples of techniques she herself uses to develop her specialization. She concluded that building a specialization is a continuous process and key to being a successful interpreter is having a curious mind.

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