Showing posts from September, 2010

Serenity now! You're invited.

This weekend is one I have looked forward to for quite some time. It is the weekend of General Conference! This Saturday and Sunday the building pictured below will be filled to capacity over and over again for a total of 5 sessions of this conference.

Interpreters take note, this conference will be interpreted into 92 languages as it is broadcast worldwide to millions of people! At the last conference, 52 teams worked directly from the Conference Center (Check out the wikipedia article about the building) in Salt Lake City while 39 teams interpreted from remote locations. The building itself is equipped with 58 booths for interpreting. This is truly a huge undertaking for the language teams that will be working at the conference. Here is an article about how they pulled it off last April.

But General Conference excites me for more reasons than the magnitude of its lingual technicalities. It is a time to get practical and spiritual counsel from the men and women whom the Lord has call…

I'm OK

Nothing can describe how I feel right now better than this song can.

Complete Lyrics

Periodically I need a good reminder that I am different than most people--and that's OK! It's so easy to get caught up in trying to conform. In reality, we are all different, and life is most beautiful when we accentuate our unique strengths and talents, likes and dislikes instead of trying to be like everybody else.

Consider the opening words to this song:

If I could stand beside myself would I see me or maybe someone else?
'Cause it's hard to please most everyone when your spirit's got you on the run.

If my answer to this question ever borders on, "I would see someone other than myself." it's time to reassert myself. (I like classical music, ok people? Deal with it!)

Also, I accidentally had this thought on the way home tonight, and I found it rather amusing. If I could observe myself interacting with people, I'm pretty sure I would annoy myself. Thank goodness I&#…

Translation 101

My experience in translation has been limited mostly to correspondence and unofficial documents at work. I'm learning that it takes a lot more work than I expected to be a good translator. I'm currently enrolled in a translation class and here are some of the basics we've learned so far.

Translation consists of three basic steps: Analyze the source text - What are the main characteristics of this text? Who is the intended audience? What is the subject matter? What is the topic? What is the purpose of this text? What are my translation and research priorities? How is the source text audience different from the target text audience? etc.Translate the text - This part should be easier once you've answered the above questions. However, I'm finding that my first instinct about how to translate each sentence usually does not yield the best translation. This takes a lot of thought!Edit/proofread/review - It's important to review what you've done to make sure it mak…

You're studying what???

That's what most people say when I answer that question the first time around. It's called Translation and Localization Management. No one's really heard of it except the people that actually do it, so don't feel bad. Let's break it down:
Translation - to recreate in the target language a mental construct expressed in the source language.Localization - the process of establishing information within a computer system specific to the operation of particular native languages, local customs and coded character sets.Management - the acts of getting people together to accomplish desired goals and objectives efficiently and effectively. In other words, I'm preparing to manage teams that adapt products and services to languages and cultures around the world. It's part language, part technology, and part business--three things that I love! You can read about my program here.

My courses have titles like: Computer Assisted TranslationTools for Project ManagementAccounti…

I want a family!

Ok, so I've always thought I would get around to having a family--I've always wanted to settle down with a lovely wife and enjoy (parents, stop laughing) raising some kids. But tonight, at a rather late hour, I was watching this video, and I felt stronger than ever before that I want the experiences that come from working to create a family.

The father in the video says, "I try to help THEM have the life THEY want to have, and that makes me happy."

Isn't that what it's all about?


How badly do I want it?

Let's put it this I ponder my life, I consider my accomplishments and endeavors. Education? Check. Ability to find work? Check. Incredible amount of adventures? Check. But for what? What's the point of all this? You could argue lots of things, but I feel deep down in my heart that all of these experiences are designed to help me fulfill my ultimate purpose, which is to participate in all of the joys, hardships, trials, triumphs, and failu…