Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Translation Prizes Around the World

Think your translation services are top-notch? Test your skills with these translation prizes that are on offer around the world. These prizes provide recognition, prestige and even cash rewards to translators who can ensure high quality of work.

 Read Russia Prize – The Read Russia Prize is a biennial award for the best translation of Russian literature in the preceding two years.

 Man Booker International Prize – Despite being a literary award originally, it rewards the winning novel’s translator equally with the author.

 Found in Translation Award – The Found in Translation Award is an annual prize that comes with a cash reward of PLN 16,000 and a three-month residency in Krakow. The award recognizes translations in English from Polish.

 The John Dryden Translation Competition – It is an annual prize that awards a one-year BCLA membership and cash prizes of 350, 200 and 100 pounds. The prize recognizes the translation of unpublished literary translations from any language into English.

 The Stephen Spender Prize – It recognizes poetry translations made from any language into English. It rewards young translators with an under-14 and under-18 category.

The PEN Translation Prize and the Goethe-Institut Award for New Translation are other notable translation prizes that aim to reward fine translation work around the world.

Challenges in Translating Poetry

Translating literary texts is generally considered to be more difficult than translating other texts. Poems are even more challenging for so many reasons. Many factors need to be considered like the choice of words, figurative languages and metaphors used and so on. The translator also must be mindful of being able to convey the thoughts and emotions of the poet. Let's not even begin with differing rhyme, meter, rhythm, and expressions not generally found in other poems. Most of these words are not used in daily conversations and that only works to further complicate a translator's job.

Potential hurdles while translating poems are –

 Linguistic issues – Some words have no literal translation in another language. Others can refer to upto two-three words in conjunction to mean a single word in English or vice versa.

 Literal v/s figurative translation – Poems make use of words to serve as symbols or metaphors. The hidden meaning of these words adds charm to the work in context. Translators suffer the dilemma of translating these words literally or figuratively, taking
away from the combined effect of the original poem.

Translators are also confounded when they have to match the sounds of the original text in their translation, which is not often possible. When the rhyme scheme of the poem suffers a blow, it subtracts from the beauty of the poem.

How Learning a Second Language Can Benefit Your College Application

Admission officials in many colleges give preference to students who have taken up a second language study. Here are some of the reasons why-

It displays a dedication to learning – Learning a second language fluently requires persistence and hard work. Admission officials are on the lookout for students who constantly challenge and strengthen their skills. Taking a four-year language course in high school proves to them your dedication towards acquiring a new language.
It exhibits your interest in foreign cultures – You are required to acquaint yourself with the customs and traditions of the country whose language you are learning – this is part of the language learning process. Interest in other cultures can shape your interest towards the degree or career you go on to pursue. It also diversifies a classroom.
It indicates your knack for working hard – You have to add to your vocabulary while working on your pronunciation and being able to construct meaningful sentences as part of language-learning. All of this necessitates a level of persistence which you may also apply in other classes, if need be. Colleges seek this very hardworking spirit in their students.

Apart from the above, it can also help a student score higher on standardized tests which is a further asset to their college application. 

Cognitive Benefits of Language Learning

Being multilingual comes with its share of advantages. Apart from the obvious ones, learning a second language can also have several cognitive benefits. Let’s discuss some of these below –

It helps develop your brain – Having to learn a new language introduces your brain to complex new rules and etymology. The language centres in our brain expand as it works to recognize the structure of the unfamiliar language and how to utilize it. Our reading, negotiating and problem-solving capabilities also get a boost
It keeps away dementia – Multilingual adults experience the onset of Alzheimer’s at a much later age than their monolingual counterparts.
Improves your attention and multi-tasking – A polyglot is constantly on the watch for which language to use when improving the brain's ability to multitask. They also display more cognitive flexibility and find it easier to adapt to unexpected circumstances.

It sharpens up your decision-making skills – Polyglots are almost constantly needed to judge the nuances and regional expressions of their non-native tongues for appropriateness. Having to continuously practice their decision making makes them confident of their choices.

So, if you thought language learning had only so many benefits to offer, think again.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

The Future of Event Technology

Event Management today is a far cry from what it used to be a decade back and it is all thanks to event management technology. While the event technology landscape is expanding, the challenge for event organizers now is to keep up with the latest tools in the business and use the ones that work best for them. 

Here is a list of event tech trends foreseeable in the future –
Real-time Event Management – When you keep your event agenda updated to real-time, it ensures that your event attendees derive a positive experience from your event content.
Personalized Event Experience – Event attendees are demanding personalized experiences tailored for them more and more. Advanced event management technology is coming up with new personalization features to meet this need.
Live Audience Engagement – Live Polling and Q & A sessions can help you turn the most passive attendee into an active participant. If you display this content on a live screen, your audience engagement shoots up considerably.
All-in-one platforms – There is increasing demand by event managers for a single platform to manage event agenda and on-site technology, engage event attendees and so on.

The future of event technology is bright and it aims to bridge the gap between the real and virtual world, making for unforgettable events.

Event Technology Trends for 2018

We all know that event technology will most probably never replace face-to-face interaction but technology is making strides to make our events more meaningful.

Let’s look more closely at some event technology trends that will come to the forefront in 2018-

Facial recognition will be used for matchmaking 

Plenty of algorithms are built to analyze facial features, body language and interpretation. The ability to check a database of faces in real time can speed check-ins while boosting security protocol

AI-powered Chatbots

Artificial Intelligence can be used to help with attendee engagement and provide accurate information effectively.

Collecting Data via RFID

Radio-Frequency Identification will be continued to be used to gather real-time, detailed data during check-in to keep a tab on who is attending the event and to be able to put together a list of attendees after the event.

Event gamification

Event gamification has been picking up speed since 2017 and is known to help user engagement along with boost attendee networking.

Proximity Sensors

These help people identify the people around them while providing useful information about their professional lives.

2018 is half-way through. Which of these have you spotted so far?

Monday, 20 August 2018

Foreign Language Teaching Certification

There has been no better time to learn a foreign language. The global economy accommodates diversity in the workplace like never before. Students need to have effective communication skills in order to become effective workers in this climate. It is the foreign language teacher’s responsibility to help his/her students explore different cultures and their distinct languages.

Foreign language teachers are cognizant of the intricacies of language. They are aware of how language competency is a result of proper absorption of vocabulary. They know how best to teach their students these intricacies and where they may encounter a problem while learning a new language. 

Foreign language teachers are subject to a certification test before they can proceed to teach in a classroom.

Teacher certification works as evidence that an individual is equipped to handle the rigors of a career in education. The certification exam tests foreign language teachers on their fluency and understanding of the target language.

The content of the exam varies with every state but they all require you to pass a teacher preparation program and exam. The prospective teachers must adequately prepare themselves for the certification process in order to be cleared for a career in foreign language teaching.