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Interpreters Barry Slaughter Olsen and Katty Kauffman face a series of challenges to test their abilities as interpreters. Can Katty translate a text message conversation in real time? Can Barry interpret a recorded speech that continually gets faster? See if these experts in their field are truly up to the task!

Conference interpreter and Professor of Translation and Interpretation at Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Barry Slaughter Olsen, explains what it’s really like to be a professional interpreter. Barry goes behind the scenes of his vocation, breaking down the many real-life scenarios he faces on a day-to-day basis. From simultaneous and consecutive interpretation to chuchotage and décalage, take a peek behind what it really takes to be a professional interpreter.

Gaelic has to be the world’s weirdest language. While reporting on the warm weather in Wales, broadcaster Liam Dutton correctly pronounced the name of the 58-letter town Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch without batting an eye.

Linguistic Family Tree

Webcomic Stand Still, Stay Silent has created an old-world language family tree. A full-sized poster is available here.

old world language family tree

Los Angeles comedian David So created a video in which he explains how to speak with a Korean accent.

German vs. Other Languages

A comparison of various words in French, English, Italian, Spanish, and German. This is tongue-in-cheek silly fun-making, folks, so please send your angry letters to idontcare@getasenseofhumor.com 🙂

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