International Translation Day
International Translation Day 2016 is just around the corner! This special day for translators is celebrated every year on 30 September on the feast of St. Jerome, the Bible translator who is considered to be the patron saint of translators. I believe we have reason to celebrate: think of all the places, books and movies we access thanks to translation. Our lives would be much less interesting without translation!
The role of translators and interpreters in connecting worlds is to open up the whole world to all of us”.
Connecting Worlds Every year the International Federation of Translators (IFT) celebrates by running a poster competition around a chosen theme. This year’s theme is Connecting Worlds. We live in a fast paced, global and interconnected world. In fact, according to the site Social Media today, there are now only 3.74 degrees of separation. Connecting Worlds is also a significant theme given that on August 17 2016 Inc. Magazine published its annual list of the 5,000 fastest growing companies according to percentage revenue growth over a three year period in the United States. This year 21 Language Service Providers (LSPs) earning between 5 and 504 million US dollars made the list. Professional translators and interpreters have one main goal. They are dedicated to facilitating communication between people. As the world becomes more closely connected, fostering understanding between the speakers of many languages is more important than ever. Whether it is in writing or in speech. Interpreters and translators are at the crossroads of communication that impacts the development of business, science, medicine, technology, international law, politics and a host of other areas. As the IFT states “We provide the ability for each of these worlds to learn from each other to the benefit of society as a whole. The role of translators and interpreters in connecting worlds is to open up the whole world to all of us”. I am proud to be part of this global marketplace and to be able to contribute to this interconnected world in a small way in my job as a translator and interpreter. If you know any translators or interpreters, wish them a Happy Translation Day on September 30, I know they’ll appreciate it.