Rasika Gumaste, Secretary CITLoB-ALP

Freelance German-English, English-German Translator and Interpreter

German Language Trainer

Classical Dancer

[more about her here]


THE SEQUEL

BE THE CHANGE – Expand your boundaries

Think beyond translation

In my last article, I shared my thoughts about diversification as a viable solution to the new scenario. Here, I would like to throw light upon ways of capitalising on diverse skills by entering new areas.

The word LANGUAGE, for me, is associated with the word CREATIVE SKILLS.  It is not correct to limit it to mere technical translation or interpretation. A translator can be creative as well. For example, cultural adaptation of cartoon strips or fairy tales from a foreign language into a native language can be challenging as well as interesting. Creativity in this field could be as simple as thinking of out-of-the-box ways to make language learning more interesting. For instance, doing creative voiceovers, starting a magazine for young readers or making a comparative study between 2 foreign languages through audio-visuals. In India, we have a treasure of literary works in regional languages, which can be explored through the medium of poetic expression, music or dance.  With social media being such an important part of our lives today, such works can be marketed and demand can be generated for the same. CITLoB will play a vital role in this direction by organising webinars and events to understand ‘the other side’ of a translator / interpreter.

Today there is a sudden rise in competition as more and more people are taking up language as a career option. While it is good to see this change, it could also lead to a certain amount of insecurity, unless one holds the ground by thinking of ways to get noticed and bringing in more work. We are living in times where people are receptive to new ideas and concepts. Change is the new constant. So, be the change. That is the key to a successful future.

Rasika Gumaste, Secretary CITLoB-ALP

German-English, English-German Translator

German-English Interpreter

German Language Trainer

Classical Dancer