UNINOVE VILA MARIA CAMPUS

OCTOBER 7TH, 2002.

 

Fernando Santiago dos Santos (translator, interpreter, English & Science/Biology teacher, biologist, amateur musician)

 

What is translation?

Translation is more than a simple word-to-word decodification. It is art.

Translation is just a tool to deal with cultural aspects of the target language.

 

 

What profile should a translator have?

A translator is usually expected to be: passionate for languages and knowledge

patient

transculturally skilled

willful to always learn

humble but bold

tidy in ideas and working stuff

 

Haroldo de Campos: "Translating is like going through

an inner journey into your own

knowledge; making sense is just

a mere detail."

 

Which doors are opened to the translator?

Translation sees many different doors: books

magazines

technical reports

abstracts

videos

songs

simultaneous translation

...and much more

 

 

Old Chinese saying: "To start a journey, we have to always

get the first step."