Author - Francoise

Creating Accessible Documents Course

Last month, Françoise attended a Digital Access course run by Vision Australia on how to create accessible documents, especially PDFs. This is because a growing number of government departments have been asking Language Professionals for accessible PDFs. PDF accessibility is needed for the visually impaired with the use of a specific software or equipment. Accessible PDFs allow users of adaptive technologies to comprehend and navigate web content. PDF tags provide a hidden structure of the content that is understood by screen readers. So [...]

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Thank you to our interpreters at the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit 2018 in Sydney

Language Professionals’ Max Doerfler and Bertold Schmitt would like to thank all of the interpreters who joined their team at the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in Sydney this month, as well as the onsite interpreting coordination team (Suzanne, Ann and Micheal) for their outstanding professionalism in performing this vital role at such a high-level event. The positive feedback received from various stakeholders and individual delegations is testimony to the judicious recruitment of the best available professionals and to thorough assignment preparation and management. Simultaneous [...]

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Language Professionals provides conference interpreting services at the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit 2018 in Sydney

Following a request for tender in September 2017,  Language Professionals was officially selected by the Australian Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet as the provider of simultaneous interpretation services to support the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in Sydney which will be held between 16-18 March 2018. Language Professionals’ Max Doerfler in collaboration with conference services manager Bertold Schmitt was entrusted to manage the recruitment of 15 highly trained and experienced conference interpreters (Filipino/Tagalog, Bahasa Indonesia, Khmer, Lao, Thai and Vietnamese) for this [...]

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NAATI yesterday, today, tomorrow

The symposium at the University of New South Wales on NAATI yesterday, today, tomorrow, held on 22 September, was well attended by a mixed group of translation and interpreting professionals and students. Adolfo Gentile, former NAATI Board member, spoke about the history of interpreting and translating in Australia.

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6th International Media for All Conference

The 6th International conference on MEDIA FOR ALL, on translation for audiovisual media, was held on 16-18 September at the Western Sydney University. It was a very interesting conference attended by participants from some 20 countries. Many sessions were held over three days to discuss future trends in translating and subtitling film, news and current affairs and other audiovisual media.

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NAATI yesterday, today, tomorrow

Kylie and Jacqueline will attend a symposium at the University of New South Wales on 22 September, on NAATI yesterday, today, tomorrow. The symposium will examine the origins and evolution of the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters over its almost 40-year history.

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6th International Media for All Conference at the University of Western Sydney

The University of Western Sydney in Sydney, Australia, is proud to announce the 6th International Media for All Conference – Audiovisual Translation and Media Accessibility: Global Challenges. For the first time ever it will be held outside Europe and aims to attract academics, researchers, language practitioners, translators, interpreters, broadcasters, government agencies, support groups and the audiovisual translation (AVT) and media accessibility industry from Australia and Asia Pacific and other parts of the world.

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Interpreters for heads of state at the Brisbane G20

Language Professionals' Max Doerfler and Bertold Schmitt would like to thank each one of the 53 interpreters who joined their team at the G20 Heads of State summit in Brisbane this month. Simultaneous interpretation was required for the following 14 languages: Arabic, Mandarin, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Hindi, Turkish and Burmese.

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Hazaragi language in Australia

Currently NAATI (the Australian national accreditation authority for translators and interpreters) holds interpreting tests for Hazaragi as a distinct language, noting in test materials that Hazaragi varies by dialect, and that any dialect of Hazaragi may be used in interpreter testing as long as it would be understood by the average speaker.

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Forum on health translations and the emerging use of automated translations in Australia: The NSW Multilingual Health Information Stakeholders Forum

In the past two years, the NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service (MHCS) has seen an increase in non-government organisations, and health services using translation companies that are based overseas, as well as the use of Google Translate, and social translation models. A forum in December will examine the trend.

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University of Western Sydney Community Translation Conference

Members of the Langpro team attended the Community Translation Conference held at the University of Western Sydney in September 2014. We heard interesting presentations from translation experts in many languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Malay and Spanish and we were able to meet with teachers and students in the field. Subjects discussed included terminology databases, training, crowd sourcing, translation of materials for hospitals, prisons and tourism, quality assessment and assurance.

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Design, Production and Distribution Program Trade Fair

In May Language Professionals staff attended the annual Design, Production and Distribution program trade fair at the National Convention Centre in Canberra. The Design, Production and Distribution program is a collaborative procurement program led by the Department of Human Services and involving 40 federal government departments and agencies. Language Professionals is a member of the expert panel of providers for these 40 agencies, providing translation and multilingual desktop publishing services.  

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