Let’s Talk Translation

MulticulturalismWhat are the benefits of an interconnected world; one in which communication thrives across many different nations and cultures?

Why can’t we go back to the way we were before translation, interpretation, and instant communication?

The benefits of communication are limitless. Communication builds bridges to countries that may have otherwise been strangers, or worse, enemies. While strangers and enemies certainly still exist today, we have more opportunities than ever before to create friendly, beneficial relationships across cultures.

Has there ever been a time when one group of humans hasn’t tried to communicate with another?

Even among the explorers of the past, translators and interpreters played a critical role in trade deals, or even conquests. Their translators were typically members of a local native group, but didn’t necessarily have to be. Cortés had Geronimo de Aguilar, a Spanish priest captured by the Maya, and Lewis and Clark had Sacajawea, a member of the Lemhi Shoshone.

Not surprisingly, translation has been around much longer than Cortés or the Lewis and Clark party. Interpretation has been around as long as the spoken word has existed among humans; the same holds true for translation and the written word. Communication happens regardless of the method used, it a natural part of human history.

Some of the first translations occurred with missionaries wanting to translate the bible, or interpret their doctrine for foreign  communities. On the other end of the spectrum, translation and interpretation has also played a critical role in historic conquests and wars.

Whatever the case, translation and interpretation has always been with us, but up until the recent past, we’ve never had the ability to translate and communicate through technology. Because of this, cultures are spreading through easy access to translation and interpretation services.

More people are communicating than ever before because more technological ‘bridges’ have been developed. We’ll continue seeing peaks in communication across different languages as technology continues to improve. We’ve been building metaphorical bridges, but now’s the time to connect to the global pipeline of open communication.

So, go ahead. Become the open communication that we need.

 

 

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