Finding the words for a world in crisis

This is the theme chosen by the International Federation of Translators (FIT) to mark International Translation Day 2020. The event is traditionally celebrated on 30 September, the feast of St Jerome, who is the patron saint of translators.

This year, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, FIT pays a well-deserved tribute to translators, terminologists and interpreters on its website:

‘Our profession has been pivoting rapidly to keep up with changing realities and expectations, and the importance of our work to ensuring clear information reaches everyone and overcoming language barriers – both global and local – has been highlighted in unprecedented ways this year.

Translators, terminologists and interpreters provide crucial services both on the front line and behind the news in crisis situations, so let’s celebrate our contributions amongst ourselves as well as provide the general public with information about our work’.

We, at the Translation Centre, share the FIT’s fine sentiments and would like to use the opportunity of International Translation Day to thank our 24 in-house language teams and our huge network of external language service providers for their extraordinary efforts in these difficult times.


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