What’s so different?

So what are those changes I’ve made in the last 18 months? In early April 2013 I’d decided to move to the Netherlands, and I’d found a house here, but I was still living in Switzerland. I didn’t want to stay there permanently: I’d moved there in 2011 to study. I decided I was willing…

Welcome!

Whether you’re a new reader or have followed me here from my old blog (now closed), thanks! This will be a very different blog from my first one: it won’t focus on professional issues. I’ve made a huge number of changes to my life over the last eighteen months, and in the process I’ve come…

Language Immersion and New-Fangled Technology

First published on my old blog in July 2013. We all know the argument: if you want to learn a foreign language, you have to live in a country where it’s spoken. Formal study is an artificial way of learning a language, whereas living somewhere the language is spoken guarantees proficiency. You’ll be immersed in…

Have we got it backwards?

First published on my old blog in October 2013. Something unexpected happened after I published this post. [It discussed why there seemed to be few women at the top of the translation profession even though a majority of translators are women.] It sparked quite a debate, especially on Facebook. Some people agreed with me about…