Help! China Needs Translators!

Check out this article from the Xinhua China News Agency (Source China Daily)

A few highlights from the article:

“China is scurrying to get a sufficient number of translators for the Olympics and, beyond that, the Shanghai World Expo in 2010.”

“Ambassador Shi Yanhua, a foreign language expert with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and executive vice-chairman of the Translators’ Association of China, gives examples of translation crises in the early days of the New China. In her words, or, more precisely, in the words of her simultaneous translator from Chinese to English, the early leaders’ Mandarin “was not so good”. In negotiations with Sri Lanka, it was unclear to the Chinese whether the contract under discussion was for bananas or rubber.”

“Help for China could be available from the unlikely source of Norway.”

“Speaking at the translators’ meeting, Bente Christensen, vice president of the International Federation of Translators, said that Norway, with a population of just 4.5 million, has a highly successful translation program that could well be adapted by China.”

Check out the article

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