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Working with Translation: Theory and Practice

Cardiff University via FutureLearn


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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  • 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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    Jagoda M 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
    I have really enjoyed taking this course! I have found it truly insightful and interesting, the information provided in the videos and articles is extremely relevant and I feel I have learnt so much related to the theory and practice of translation and...
  • Anonymous
    I absolutely loved this course. I found it very useful and it gave me so much new information about the process of translating and interpreting I was not aware of. I found the division of the course very appropriate and clear and the explanations very...
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    Nikoletta Georgieva 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
    This is a great course! When is comes to learning languages, translation follows. Whether you've just started learning a language or have already mastered or if you're someone like me, who grew up in a country where you learn at least 3 languages right from your childhood/primary school.

    I would recommend this to not only Translators but anyone who is a bilingual or a Polyglot. It gives you good insight on how to go about translations!
  • Anonymous
    I enjoyed the course throughout and found the content satisfying as it includes almost all aspects of translation and interpretation. It was fun and at the same time informative to share ideas via comments which kick-started our thought process. One suggestion would be to spread out the topics more evenly as I felt that there were comparitively more activities and assignments in the last week which required greater amount of time. Any additional pieces such as interpreting sign language and animal sounds if at all possible would be interesting to know about. I appreciate that this course structure is designed a way such that both amateurs and professionals can leverage from it.
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    Севиндж Ильясова
    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?', etc. is quite obvious and I did not learn that much that was actually 'new' information, but more so slightly expanded on the information that I had before, except maybe the fact that translation and interpreting are a lot harder than I initially thought, even though I (as I said) already knew that it was difficult.
  • Anonymous
    Thank you so much for this wonderful course. It was very informative and had a good balance between theory and practice. It was very useful to be able to engage in the conversations with the other participants and the course lecturers and mentors. There were some interesting discussions in the comments. I highly recommend this course to future learners.
  • 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.
  • Anonymous
    For a short course, it is quiet complete, it covers a wide array of topics and gives you a general idea of what translation and interpreting really are. It also uses many examples to help you understand the topics and they use and discuss many cultures and languages. I really liked it and highly recommend it.
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    Luis Ribeiro

    Luis Ribeiro 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.
  • Anonymous
    This course provides valuable tips and information for those starting out in the field of translation. Clarifies concepts and raises good questions about the role of the translator.
  • Anonymous
    I simply loved the course it has broaden my knowledge about translation. I want to thank everyone envolved in the course and want everyone to know that I learned a lot.
  • Anonymous
    The aim of the course is to provide learners with an overview of how translation as a profession is carried out. It therefore focuses on several aspects of translating and interpreting from both a theoretical and practical point of view. as such it provides...
  • Anonymous
    Thanks for this course! I found it helpful and very interesting.

    The videos and practical examples used were especially good for me.
  • Anonymous
    The course gave me the basic information of translation principles that helped me to re-organize my translating methodology.
  • Anonymous
    Love it! Very useful for those who know nothing about the field but would like to start from the beginning., like me
  • Karime Cruz Ramos
    I really enjoyed this interesting course! Now it's a challenge for me to become an excellent translator. Thank you!
  • Anonymous
    'Working with Translation: Theory and Practice' is the perfect course to start working with translation

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