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So much more than words

We’ve had a great response to our #ITImorethanwords campaign.


Members were asked to complete the sentence: ‘Translation is more than about translating words, it’s about’, and we’ve been featuring some of their responses on social media as part of our celebrations for International Translation Day.

Here are just a few of the suggestions we received:

Translation is more than about translating words, it's about:

  • connecting minds
  • sharing information, knowledge and understanding
  • writing
  • seeing things from your point of view
  • translating the culture
  • translating intention
  • being a space shuttle with essential supplies travelling between different planets
  • getting to the hear of what the author wants to say
  • reaching out
  • mediating cultures
  • translating meaning
  • making sound local a message that's global
  • getting ideas across
  • explaining people to each other
  • replicating another person's line of thought
  • making documents that work
  • eliminating communication barriers
  • conveying the message and purpose of the original text
  • taking a fish (the text) out of water and keeping it alive in a bottle of squash (the target culture)
  • promoting understanding
  • translating meaning, not words
  • conveying brilliance and magic
  • making deals that would not otherwise be possible

You can see a much more comprehensive compilation of suggestions here.

We will come back to the the #ITImorethanwords concept in the future and continue to use the suggestions received.

Look out for an announcement about the winners of our competition for the best responses.


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