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Working with Translation: Theory and Practice

Cardiff University via FutureLearn

Overview

Explore what it means to communicate in multiple languages.

Translation is one of the most fundamental of human activities, allowing us to interact with one another within and across cultures.

Drawing on the research and expertise of specialists at Cardiff University and the University of Namibia, on this course, you will discover a wealth of practical tips and knowledge about the nature of translation in an increasingly multilingual world.

You will explore translation in a global context, and observe translation in healthcare and the justice system as well as in music, manga, video games and historical romances. You may even discover your own ‘inner translator’ in the process!

This course is for anyone interested in language and translation.

Taught by

Dorota Goluch, Cristina Marinetti and Loredana Polezzi

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Reviews

4.7 rating, based on 63 reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course carries with it a wealth of information about the topic of translation and interpretation and how we interact with and use them in our lives. It addresses difficulties, provides case studies, poses critical thinking questions, and offers a...
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    Nikoletta completed this course.

    I found the course very enlightening, interesting and useful. It is not intended to turn you into a specialist in the field of translation, but it sure broadens one's horizons and provides a lot of insight into the different aspects of translation, both...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I'm taking this course and I like it so much that I can't stop going on, step by step, even when a week is completed! I have learned a lot about the types of translation and about what a translator/interpreter is required to be or to do. I find my coursemates' comments and findings very interesting and useful, and I really appreciate being read by the tutors, it makes me feel they are present and take our work into consideration.
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    Luis R.

    Luis is taking this course right now, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    Good introductory course for those who are thinking of studying to be a translator/interpreter. If you're looking for tips and practical examples on how translation/interpretation is actually done, look somewhere else. The mooc just addresses important but not practical issues, such as broad definitions for translation/interpretation, what/where a T/I does/works etc.
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    Jagoda M.

    Jagoda completed this course.

    This course is quite interesting and offers many case studies that relate to the topics discussed, to allow you to more fully engage with the content, but the actual content about translation, such as 'who translates?', 'where does translation take place?',...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Thanks for the good and informative content :). Was great to learn new content and share experiences with interpreters around the world.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This is an superlative introductory course for anybody interested in the art of translation. The course content and presentation are excellent - engaging, thought-provoking, instructive and expertly delivered by extremely knowledgeable and generous...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    This course is great! I joined 2 weeks ago and have almost finished now. It is very well structured and the content is suitable for people who are new to the translation industry as well as people who have been translating or interpreting for many years. The course is diverse and informative and I have learnt a lot from each topic. I really enjoy online courses on Future Learn because everyone engages in the comments. 'Working with Translation' is no different, I have learnt so much from reading about other participants' experience and knowledge. A lot of work has clearly gone into putting the course together and I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in working with translation.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I'm taking this course and currently I'm in the fourth week so I could receive almost all the information that the course provides. For that reason, I should say that this is a good introductory course in which I could learn the basics of a translator or interpreter field, problems that they have to face or even cases about problems they affront. Also, I didn't put it five stars because It could be more dinamic as other plataforms of MOOCS, sometimes I felt that it was just too much information going on. Finally, I'd like to say that I highly recommend it if you are going to study translation and interpretation as a career to check it and see if you like it.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I found this course to be entertaining, informative and helpful.
    It was a lot of fun to do and the information was presented in an interesting form. It kept you wanting to learn more and to go on to the next exercise.
    It has given me a lot of resources and information that I can use in my professional life such as guidelines and serious articles on how to carry out a translation. Excellent information on machine translation and the requirement for carrying out a good enough work.
    Finally, I think I will be using some of the ideas immediately such as using a translation brief to know more accurately what is expected and how to fulfill those expectations.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I graduated college with a degree of English Language and Translation. my study was more practical than theoretical which made this course more interesting. But to be fair some of the provided information was common since i have practicing Translation and some of my college courses. I like the course a lot. it provided me with information which made me open my eyes to certain things more. I liked the discussion part where i can read/see some of other colleagues of other languages that even the languages/cultures differ but we have some common basics. Thank you to all the professors, students, and crew behind this amazing course.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I have just finished the course; managed to complete it far quicker than expected as I found it so interesting and engaging. I feel that I have gained a huge amount of knowledge about the types of translation and about what a translator/interpreter is required to be or to do; much of this will be extremely useful for future work as well as leisure - I will certainly never look at translated work, e.g. books, nor the role of an interpreter the same way again! Many thanks to the course for opening my eyes to all these new aspects.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    as soon as I saw an online course about Translation and interpretation, I was so excited and enrolled in it right away, as a Translator I really need such courses to freshen my knowledge and add more information to what I already know as an MA graduate in Translation, but to be honest, I didn't expect such an amazing course, I enjoyed every bit of it and I have a completely new perspective about my own field, thank you so much University of Cardiff, I appreciate all your incredible work you put into this course!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course is complete, thorough, and very, very interesting! All the presented content is interesting and well presented. They use different resources like videos, texts, quizzes, images, and different tasks to make you get more involved with the subject. I really appreciated the course and would recommend it to anyone who's interested in working with translation, because it will make you reflect on the work as well as give you tools to improve the quality of your work.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I really enjoyed watching the different videos and listening to experts talk about their own experiences with translation (and especially translation in different areas). The information presented was educational, professional, and allowed me to discover more details about this area of interest. I feel more prepared and more motivated to pursue a degree in translation and I am interested in continuing to take different courses that Future Learn provides.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    This course is a fascinating exploration of how translation works, its origins and what makes a successful translation. As an A Level French student and a native English speaker, I think it has really helped to enhance my favourite skill and it has definitely broadened my horizons well beyond the curriculum. I would encourage any A Level language student to take this course, especially if you are considering translation/interpreting as a career.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It has been a wonderful course, which begins with theory of translation. It also provides information about translators and interpreters. It gives guidelines about how to maintain space in translation. The most important thing about this course is it provides ample real life examples of translations. It also has interactive videos, which make this course a unique in its way. I am very fortunate and happy that I have completed this course.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course was very informative and addictively interesting. It covered a huge range of different aspects of translation and interpretation. Not only the people already familiar with translation will find it interesting, but also those who might have never thought too much of it - the course will refute some stereotypes and encourage reflections on the importance of translation and communication between languages, cultures and more.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Theory and practice are excellently balanced.
    The pace and progression of topics and tasks is good.
    I have appreciated the wealth of references and bibliography and, of course, the guide of the educators.
    The forum was really engaging and rewarding with many high level contributions.
    I also liked the consideration of examples from different languages and cultures and the discussion of ethical aspects in a highly professional way.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course was expertly delivered and provides a wealth of information and insight into the world of translating that is approachable by those with skill and experience and those who are new to it (or desiring to dig deeper and approach it to see if it's right for them.

    I highly recommend this if you're looking to understand the field better, or to flesh out your understanding, or even just to brush up on current knowledge.

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