Nel 2012, Alessandra Martelli scriveva così nel suo post celebrativo di questo giorno speciale: “I traduttori sono in mezzo a voi: vi facciamo compagnia quando leggete l’ultimo romanzo di Kathy Reichs sull’autobus, vi spieghiamo come utilizzare il frullatore nuovo, ci assicuriamo che possiate comprendere i rischi legati all’assunzione di un farmaco, traduciamo attentamente termini e condizioni d’uso dei servizi internet che usate ogni giorno (sì, anche le clausole scritte piccole piccole!), vi siamo accanto sul divano quando vedete lo spot di un’automobile tedesca in TV … […] Siamo in mezzo a voi. Pensateci, almeno ogni tanto”.
Perciò… ▷ Grazie a tutti i traduttori che svolgono ogni giorno un mestiere difficile, silenzioso ed a volte solitario. ▷ Grazie a tutti i linguisti e funamboli della parola; piccoli e grandi acrobati che camminano su quel filo sottile che separa le culture, cercando di non inciampare sulle sfumature di ogni lingua. ▷ Grazie per la dedizione, l’impegno e la voglia di comunicare con cui ogni giorno si affrontano dure giornate di lavoro o di studio.
▷Grazie a noi, eredi di San Girolamo.◃ Non vi deluderemo.
• International Translation Day •
In 2012, in the post she wrote to celebrate this special day for translators, Alessandra Martelli stated, “Translators are all around you. We keep you company while you are reading the last novel by Kathy Reichs travelling on the bus, we explain you how to use your new blender, we make sure you understand risks associated with medication, we carefully translate usage terms and conditions of the Internet services you use every day (yes, even those clauses that are in very small print!), we sit next to you on the sofa when you are watching a German car spot advertising on TV … […] We are among you. Think about us, once in a while.”
▷ Thank you to all of the translators who perform a very hard, silent and (sometimes) lone job. ▷ Thank you to all of the linguists and funambulists performing with words. You are young and mature acrobats who perform the tightrope walking on the thin line between cultures, trying not to trip on the nuances of every language. ▷ Thank you for being so devoted, for your wholehearted commitment and the longing for communication, which are the strenghts that make you successfully deal with though working days and studies. Every day.
▷ Thanks to US, translators and heirs of Saint Jerome.◃ We won’t disappoint you. I promise.
September is here. It’s back. A brand new month started this morning, 30 days at our disposal to make our dreams come true.
It has been a rainy day and, being meteoropathic, I’ve been worked up for the whole day. I have a lot to work on and I’m trying to find a balance between what I’d like to achieve and what I can accomplish.
It’s a hard way to the top, but I can walk through it. I’m confident! 😉
This post is not going to be long. I just want to share with you something I had been doing last week and I finished yesterday.
I carried out a nice challenge on facebook and I want to share it with you.
The challenge concerns the daily list of positive things happening for a week in your life. I’m going to copy and paste my week, so that I’ll have something to read in the future when I will feel dishearten or uninspired.
“1. Day 1 of positive things:
1. This morning I went to the post office to pick up a parcel coming from China. It was the new hard cover for my mobile phone. I chose the picture, so right now I have a flawless Audrey Hepburn speaking on the phone printed on it ;
2. After coming back from holiday, my batteries are fully recharged and I feel positive and determined. It’s a very great feeling ; and
3. I’m working on different life-changing projects that are coming to life with a little help from inspiring, reliable, professional people. (I’m not going to tag you, so I hope you are reading between the lines. Yes, I’m talking to *YOU*! )
I challenge Sara and Elena to list 3 positive things a day for 7 days, inviting at least one person each day to do the same.
My friend Brenda gave me the chance to express my thoughts. Thank you, hun. You are special! 😉
“2. I apologise for the delay in writing out the day 2 of positive things. Let me briefly recap my three positive facts:
1. I had a Müller Mix yogurt for breakfast. Today’s choice: India. Delicious!;
2. This afternoon, I’m going to take the first step towards several new ideas I’d like to develop over the next months. I’m going to meet other professionals to talk those projects over; and
3. I’m still enjoying the great feeling coming from the good time I spent last weekend. I met a bunch of new, funny, interesting people and I also went shopping. What else? 😀
I challenge Clara and Sofia to list 3 positive things a day for 7 days, inviting at least one person each day to do the same.
Have a great day, girls! xx
“3. Day 3 of positive things:
1. Finally, this morning, the postman brought me a wonderful gift I bought for myself: Balance Your Words. Stepping in the translation industry (written and designed by my colleague Sara Colombo). I’m very curious and I can’t wait to start reading it. A big thank you to the lovely translator Valentina for her suggestion. I followed your advice! ;
2. I’ve just reconnected to my WiFi, which is a very good thing. I need the Internet to carry out research, but the connection is unstable. I’m already planning what to do in case I can’t retrieve it later. #nevermissaminute ; and
3. I’m having a cup of coffee in my #rainycup, and the smiley mascot printed on it makes me feel very happy.
As I mentioned you in my post, I challenge my e-friends Sara, Valentina and Valeria to list 3 positive things a day for 7 days, inviting at least one person each day to do the same.
“4. Day 4 of positive things:
1. This morning, my friend (and colleague) Sara and I received a new little translation assignment to complete by tomorrow morning. It was totally unexpected, because we were told by the client that there wasn’t any assignment ready for us. I’m going to proofread my part of the job, so it will be ready for the double-checking tomorrow ;
2. In the afternoon I took my sister Miriam shopping at the mall. We always have a lot of fun together. I do love to spend time with her (and she’s got a great taste in fashion. Indeed, she is my personal shopper) ; and
3. Since I love singing, I’d like to record a new cover song that I will upload on my online soundcloud channel. I hope to find some time for doing it.
As I promised (actually it looked like a threat, I’m sorry! ), I challenge my e-friends Emeline to list 3 positive things a day for 7 days, inviting at least one person each day to do the same.
“5. (Belated) Day 5 of positive things:
1. Received a phone call from one of my client for an urgent translation assignment and then lost it in 2 minutes (I’d just like to stress that it wasn’t my fault). Sounds like I broke my record! Last time it happened in about 30 minutes. XD *shit happens*;
2. The client has just sent an email closing it with “Happy weekend!” 😥 ; and
3. I’m going to carve out time to do my mani. I love nail polish!
I challenge my colleagues Jessica and Judit to list 3 positive things a day for 7 days, inviting at least one person each day to do the same. Enjoy the game!
“6. and 7. Day 6 and 7 of positive things:
1. I want to thank Brenda. She passed the baton to me, so I could start writing down my positives. I’m closing this challenge writing about her, and this is emblematic of the great circle of life. Thank you hun for helping me, and thank you so much for your words and support. I hope this could be the beginning of something bigger for both of us. ;
2. Today is Saint Julian’s Day. I went to the typical local Fair with my dear friend Marzia and I wandered about the stands, looking for something to buy (shopaholic mode ON), but the rain poured down on us so we went home earlier than expected; and
3. I feel lucky. Listing all these positive things I’ve found out I have a lot to smile about. I’m putting a lot of efforts in what I love the most, trying to achieve the goals I set for myself. I’m surrounded by wonderful people: my parents, my sister, my family, my partner, and my friends. Plus, I’m grateful for the support I get from my [new and long standing] colleagues and e-friends. I promise I’ll do my best. #keepgoing
Lastly, I want to finish the challenge asking my friend Fatima to list 3 positive things a day for 7 days, inviting at least one person each day to do the same. Love you, hun. Enjoy the game!”
I’m sure we all have something to be thankful for and people who believe in us and our talents. When we feel hopeless, we should just accept the challenge and redo the list. The answers to all our questions are inside ourselves. We just have to read them.