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Thursday, 24 January 2019, 7 for 7.30pm

Open Networking and Round Table discussion on Working for Direct Clients

Venue: The Red Lion, 23 Crown Passage, London SW1Y 6PP

Travel: Green Park or Piccadilly Circus

Cost: Free for LRG Members; £5 for non-members

CPD: 2 hours

Join us for mince pies, tea and coffee, a chance to catch up with colleagues at the start of the year, and join in a round table discussion with input from LRG members who already have experience in this area.

Booking via Eventbrite: Closed

Thursday, 28 February 2019, 7 for 7.30pm

Quality Assurance for Translators with Juliet Macan

Venue: The Chapel pub, 48 Chapel St, Marylebone, London NW1 5DP

Travel: Edgware Road

Cost: Free for LRG Members; £5 for non-members

CPD: 2 hours

Juliet Macan, a veteran (since 1994) when it comes to computer-assisted translation (CAT) tools, will share her vast knowledge about software which is specifically designed to help users improve the quality of their translations (e.g. Error Spy, QA Distiller and ApSIC XBench but also integrated features in memoQ and SDL Trados Studio). There will be time for questions and discussion.

Please note that this event is NOT about how to assure the quality of a translation per se – it is about using specialist software that can assist the translator in checking specific aspects of a translation (e.g. correct transfer of numbers from source to target, completeness of the translation [have all sentences been translated] etc.).

We are privileged to have Juliet visit us and share her extensive knowledge with us. The LRG Committee

Booking via Eventbrite: Closed

Tuesday, 26 March 2019, 6.30 for 7pm

Joint ITI/University of Westminster Meet the Client

Venue: University of Westminster, Cavendish Street site, 115 New Cavendish Street, LONDON W1W 6UW

Travel: Great Portland Street, Warren Street, Goodge Street

Cost: LRG members - £10; non-members - £15 (Refreshments provided)

CPD: 3 hours

Our very popular event at which freelance translators and interpreters can engage directly with representatives of translation companies and project managers, learn about optimising their CV, find out which languages and subject areas are in most demand, how to stand out in this competitive market.

Booking via Eventbrite: Closed

Sunday, 28 April 2019

LRG Spring Meet-Up and Pub Lunch

New Committee member Natalie Clark has found a lovely pub, on the Thames, between Hammersmith and Putney Bridges. The Crabtree Riverside Public House is an iconic pub situated on the quietest and most picturesque stretch of the Thames between Hammersmith & Putney bridges. We have reserved a table so that we can sit together and eat or just enjoy drinks from the bar. If you, together with family members and/or friends would like to come along, please reserve a place with Eventbrite in the normal way. Please pay the £10 booking fee which will be discounted from your bill on the day, so that LRG can pay the £150 deposit in order to secure the booking. Very much looking forward to seeing you on Sun, 28 April. Your LRG Committee

Booking via Eventbrite: Closed

Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 6-8pm

Pricing with TM Tools - a hands-on workshop

Venue: CenTraS TransCluster (216-220 Foster Court, UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT)

Travel: Euston Station, Euston Square Station, Kings Cross Station, Russell Square Station, St. Pancras International Station, Warren Street Station. Buses to Gower Street or Warren Street Station (10, 14, 24, 29, 73, 134, 390).

Cost (to cover catering and administrative costs): LRG £10; non-LRG £15; Students (non-UCL) £5

CPD: 2 hours

The aim of this workshop is to look at and discuss different pricing models when working with TM tools such as SDL Trados Studio and memoQ. We will start by having an in-depth look at the Analysis feature of both SDL Trados Studio 2019 and memoQ 8.5 and will then run a few analyses against a TM. Our next step will be to work out the required translation effort (via weighted word counts) as well as prices based on TM discount models, both for quoting and invoicing purposes. There will be time for discussion.

This workshop is aimed at participants with at least a BASIC WORKING KNOWLEDGE of TM tools. Participants will also be invited to submit specific queries/requests regarding pricing with TM tools ahead of the workshop.

The workshop will be led by Daniela Ford, a highly experienced user and SDL approved trainer, with support from this year’s MSc and MA Translation students at CenTraS@UCL.

Booking via Eventbrite: Closed

Saturday, 29 June 2019, 2-5pm

The Translators’ and Interpreters’ Toolkit

Speakers: Richard Lackey, Maria Cecilia Lipovsek, Nicholas Nicou, Vasiliki Prestidge, Nathalie Reis

Venue: Only Connect UK, 32 Cubitt Street, London WC1X 0LR

Travel: King’s Cross Station (mainline and underground) or Chancery Lane Underground

Cost: LRG £10; non-LRG £15

Refreshments: Tea/Coffee/Water/Biscuits will be provided

A panel of top-flight translators and interpreters will share insights into their favourite tools and resources, including specialist websites that help them to speed up and improve their work, resulting in more satisfying work and job satisfaction and higher earnings.

Each speaker will present a shortlist of their top-five productivity tools and/or resources relating to their subject specialism(s), including legal, medical, and marketing.

After hearing about panel members’ favourite tips & tricks, participants will be able to discuss these ideas and share their own in small round-table discussion groups. Participants might like to prepare their own list of five resources or tools in advance of the event for this discussion.

We plan to produce a Top Resources list for participants after the event.

After the workshop, participants can continue to network and socialise at The Lucas Arms pub, opposite the venue.

Booking via Eventbrite: Closed

The Not-the-LRG-Pub-Crawl

The Not-the-LRG-Pub-Crawl did unfortunately not take place in July because its organizer was unwell. Perhaps the event can be rescheduled for a future date.

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 6pm

LRG August Guided Walk and Historic Pubs Crawl

Place: Meet at Kensington High Street tube station (exit facing High Street)

Cost: LRG free; non-LRG £5

Circular walk, with Roger Bone, our favourite guide, including: Kensington Square with its lovely late Georgian houses and blue plaques of famous residents, including Sir Edward Burne-Jones and William Thackeray. First stop will be the famous Greyhound pub, with its Victorian glass front and interesting stories, then towards St Mary Abbot Church with its unusual history and up Kensington Church Street to York Passage. This leads through to Kensington Palace Gardens, hearing stories of the Palace and Gardens, the statues of Queen Victoria and William III. From there, up Kensington Church Street as far as Sheffield Terrace where G.K. Chesterton was born to the Windsor Castle pub. This is a gem of a pub dating back to Victoria’s reign and unaltered since 1931! Then back down Kensington Church Street, past the former Churchill Arms and Catherine Wheel pubs to our last stop, The Goat (table booked for supper - optional).

Along the way, Roger will illustrate the walk with stories of the area and its famous artists and royal residents on our way and answer questions.

Supper (optional) – 8-8.30pm: The Goat, opposite Royal Garden Hotel and close to Ken High St tube.

Booking via Eventbrite: Closed

Saturday, 14 September 2019, 3pm

LRG Tour of Europe in Six Wines: A Wine Tasting Afternoon

Place: 65 Wavendon Avenue, London W4 4NT

Cost: £20 per head

A new departure for LRG, Tim Andrews, a member of the Association of Wine Educators and of the Wines of Great Britain Training and Education Working Group, will take us on a wine tasting tour of Europe, uncovering some of its hidden gems.

He will start by explaining the basics and essentials of wine-tasting and then invite us to taste and talk about half-a-dozen European wines. He will talk about the history of each wine and explain the particularities of their geographical origin, grape, blend, suitability for different types of food or occasion.

After the wine tasting, we will serve a light supper of cheese, breads and salads.

Please do join us for what promises to be an interesting, lively and enjoyable evening, in the company of fellow translators and interpreters.

Booking via Eventbrite: Closed

Saturday, 19 October 2019, 10:30 to 13:30

ITI London Regional Group/University of Westminster: Spotlight on High-Level Conference & Business Interpreting

Venue: University of Westminster, 115 New Cavendish Street, London W1W 6XH

Travel: Goodge Street or Warren Street tube stations, Oxford Circus or Regent Street

Cost: £10 for LRG members; £15 non-LRG members; UoW Students – Free, please book with Zoe Diderich

CPD: 3 hours

Booking via Eventbrite: Closed

University of Westminster students – please book with Zoe Diderich

Based on LRG’s very successful Meet the Client series, focussing on translation, we are very excited to be presenting this Spotlight on High-Level Conference and Business Interpreting.

The panel of high-level interpreters are: Deborah Chobanian, Maha El-Metwally, Jordan Lancaster and Maria Cecilia Lipovsek

The format will be similar to that of Meet the Client, with presentations from a magnificent line-up of top-flight interpreters, followed by an opportunity for participants to talk informally with the panellists at carousel tables. Finally, there will be a report from each group and a final Q&A.

Refreshments: Coffee/tea and biscuits will be available at the start and mid-way through the event.

We are indebted to the University of Westminster for hosting this event.

The People’s March is due to start at 12pm, at Park Lane, going towards Parliament Square; this means Oxford Circus is likely to be very busy from about 10am. You may find it preferable to approach New Cavendish Street from Tottenham Court Road, Regents Park or Great Portland Street stations.

Our speakers

Débora Chobanian is a well-established Portuguese Interpreter and Translator based in London. Mrs Chobanian is the Director and founder of WordlyWise Language Services Ltd which helps clients to communicate effectively between English, Portuguese, Chinese and other languages. Our interpreters work in many different settings: small meetings, press conferences, interviews with politicians, filming, court cases, arbitrations, negotiations, and many others.

WordlyWise provides high-quality interpreting for small, medium and large companies. Past and regular clients include: Save the Children UK, Google, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA, UK), Argus Media, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Banco do Brasil.

Maha El-Metwally is a conference interpreter for the languages: Arabic (A), English (B), French and Dutch (C).

She works for a wide range of international organisations, including the European Institutions and the United Nations. She is a member of the International Association of Conference Interpreters (AIIC), Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL) and the American Translators Association (ATA) where she serves on the Leadership Council of the Interpreting Division. She is also a Board member and member of the Admissions Committee of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI) where she was recently made a Fellow.

Maha has an MA in interpreter training from the University of Geneva. She is associated with a number of universities both in the UK and abroad where she contributes to the curriculum and gives professionalization talks. She is passionate about technology in the field of interpreting and offers courses on the subject.

She will talk about what is expected of a conference interpreter freelancing for international organisations; what are the challenges of working in that setting and how to overcome them.

Jordan Lancaster was born in Canada and received her PhD in Modern Languages from the University of Toronto in 1992. She is fully qualified in French/Italian/Spanish>English and is a paralegal and law student.

Her principal area of specialisation is court and business interpreting and she has worked extensively with both UK and foreign institutions in London and abroad. Jordan also enjoys translation, as well as teaching. She also works in the fields of literature and the arts and wine.

Cecilia Lipovsek is an Argentine-born Corporate, Diplomatic & Conference Interpreter of Spanish (A), English (B), and Portuguese (C).

She has lived in London since 2015 where she launched Multilateral, a service designed to assist British and Latin American governments, businesses, and professionals with their language and cultural needs.

She is an active member of AATI, ITI and the London Regional Group, regularly contributing to their publications; she is also a guest lecturer, and public speaker.

Cecilia has developed a strong reputation for her high levels of professional performance, flexibility, warmth, and excellent teamwork among her clients and colleagues on both sides of the Atlantic.

Sunday, 17 November 2019, 12:45 to 13:30

London Language Show: 'Unconventional routes into translation'

Venue: Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Hammersmith, London W14 8UX

Cost: Free to all

For 2019, LRG will be looking at the transition to freelance translation by teachers, lawyers, accountants, financial experts, and engineers wishing to make more use of their foreign language capability.

A panel of speakers will describe their personal route into the profession and explain how they learned to make more use of their foreign language capability, combined with their professional expertise, in order to achieve the complex task of converting technical and specialised texts from a foreign language.

Booking via Eventbrite: Closed

Friday, 6 December 2019, 19:00 to 21:30

London Regional Group AGM and Annual Christmas Party

Venue: The Glassblower, 40-42 Glasshouse St, Soho, London W1B 5JY

Cost: £15 for LRG members; £20 for non-LRG members

In response to members’ requests, this annual event has been moved to a Friday evening. We hope to welcome long-term and newer members for a review of the LRG year, the Committee’s proposals for CPD and social activities for the coming year, and a splendid Christmas buffet, together with the traditional mulled wine and mince pies.

Members interested in joining the Committee for 2020 are most welcome. Please contact one of the Committee members to find out more about the positions and work undertaken.

Booking via Eventbrite: Closed