Happy International Translation Day!

Today is International Translation Day!  

Why on this day, you ask? September 30th is the Feast of St. Jerome, the man who translated the Bible and parts of the Hebrew Gospel. St. Jerome iconsidered to be the patron saint of translators  

The International Federation of Translators has therefore chosen this date to promote the translation professions in the various countries. This year’s theme is Finding the words for a world in crisis.  

About this theme, IFT shared that Our profession has been pivoting rapidly to keep up with changing realities and expectations, and the importance of our work to ensuring clear information reaches everyone and overcoming language barriers – both global and local – has been highlighted in unprecedented ways this year. Translators, terminologists and interpreters provide crucial services both on the front line and behind the news in crisis situations.“ 

In a tribute to this special celebration, the United Nations stated that this day is “meant as an opportunity to pay tribute to the work of language professionals, which plays an important role in bringing nations together, facilitating dialogue, understanding and cooperation, contributing to development and strengthening world peace and security.”  

The UN adds that “there is growing awareness that languages play a vital role in development, in ensuring cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue, but also in attaining quality education for all and strengthening cooperation, in building inclusive knowledge societies and preserving cultural heritage, and in mobilizing political will for applying the benefits of science and technology to sustainable development. 

Now that’s something to celebrate!  

About the International Federation of Translators 

FIT (the Fédération Internationale des Traducteurs/International Federation of Translators) is an international grouping of associations of translators, interpreters and terminologists. More than 100 professional associations are affiliated, representing more than 80 000 translators in 55 countries. The goal of the Federation is to promote professionalism in the disciplines it represents. It seeks constantly to improve conditions for the profession in all countries and to uphold translators’ rights and freedom of expression. 

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