At the recent Language Professionals Networking Event in April, we had the pleasure of hosting Ana Ilievska Završnik as our guest speaker. Ana shared her expertise on the topic of “Misconceptions about teaching and learning a new language”.Her insights shed light on common misconceptions that language professionals often come across in this field, and provided valuable insights and tricks to counter them.
At the Language Professionals Networking Event in March, we were joined by guest speaker María Scheibengraf, who shared her ideas and expertise on attracting high-paying clients in the language and translation industry. As a marketing and SEO (Search Engine Optimization) specialist, María provided valuable insights and advice for those seeking success in their careers as independent language professionals.
For this Month’s Language Professionals Networking Event, we were joined by guest speaker, Chris Thompson, for a talk on ‘Visual Design for Language Professionals’. This talk focused on Chris’ career as a Multilingual Desktop Publishing (DTP) expert and gave some pointers on how to make your written documents look good and read well as a language professional.
Language bias refers to the idea that we are inclined to favour those who communicate in the same way as us: people who speak our language, have the same accent, and use similar vocabulary or slang. This is, unfortunately, a common cause for discrimitation, as some accents can be seen as less professional or less ‘proper’ than others. On January 27th, we were joined by Dr. Maame Nikabs to hold an open forum discussion on these issues.
For December’s Event, we connected language professionals through what we call ‘link-building networking’. The theme of this month was ‘Year-end Reflections: Things we Learnt in 2022′ .
To mark the end of 2022, we invited language professionals to reflect on their experiences this year, and what this means for them moving forward into 2023.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the more controversial topics in linguistics, with some saying that AI is a useful tool and others worried that linguists will be replaced by AI in the future. On November 25th, we were joined by Computational Linguist, Anna Koroleva, to discuss natural language processing (NLP) and why she believes it is not coming to replace us.
The 10th of October was World Mental Health Day, so we decided to dedicate this month’s event to the topic of mental health in our industry. The event itself took place … Continue Reading Our October 2022 Event: Mental Health in the Language Services Industry
On Friday 30th September, language professionals once again came together on Zoom, this time for an open discussion that would question their own identity. Yes, this month’s topic was on … Continue Reading Our September 2022 Event: What Makes a Language Professional?
In August, we connected language professionals through what we call ‘link-building networking’. The theme of this month was ‘How to set healthy work-life boundaries’. We invited language professionals to submit … Continue Reading Our August 2022 Event: How to set healthy work-life boundaries
The July event was published just a week before the actual date, and therefore, it ended up to be an intimate event where we chatted for hours on end on all things life, work, productivity, languages, travel, covid, war and peace, inclusivity and discrimination, freedom and restrictions, balance and overwhelm, health and wellbeing.
What started out as an alfresco summer social event in Central London was one of our first forays into in-person events. We were thrilled to gather language professionals to connect over a fine cocktail in an iconic location: a pop–up picnic garden in Barbican surrounded by brutalist architecture and high art.
To continue the conversation we started in April, we decided that we’ll host another round of link-building-style networking dedicated to the same subject: Misconceptions language professionals come across in their field of work. Here are the submissions we received.
We invited language professionals to submit their written thoughts on common misconceptions about their field of work in the language services industry. Read their submission here.
Our March 2022 event was dedicated to the theme ‘Networking for Introverts’. Language professionals gathered to learn tips and to practice networking in a way that suits their perhaps more quiet nature.
Language is one of the most powerful tools that humans have; the role of a forensic linguist is to analyse how people use this tool at the interface of language and law. Annina Van Riper joined us on Thursday, 17 February 2022 to discuss how linguists use core linguistic tools (e.g. phonetics, syntax, semantics etc.) to examine language in forensic contexts.
Productivity coach Juliet Landau-Pope joined us on Thursday 17th January to talk about procrastination and to share some practical strategies and motivational tips to kickstart us all into action. Juliet … Continue Reading Our January 2022 Event. Juliet Landau-Pope: I’ll Do It Tomorrow. How to Overcome Procrastination