The Boiling Point Podcast

Introducing Chris Durban

You might think of translators as quiet people who sit in dark rooms writing somewhat verbatim from one language to the other.  Some of the time this might be true, but not nearly as much as you would think.  Chris Durban flies in the face of this stereotype.  Chris is an unofficial voice for the industry and has been doing the job for over 30 years.

Translation is not nearly as dry as some would have you believe.  Which crisis situation erupt around the world, often a translator is brought in to do the job right.  Just think of the errors in context or understanding if you brought in the wrong translator in a hostage situation; the results could mean the difference of life or death. 

For those in business, translation is also crucial.  When you are speaking to your clients or customers, you don’t want them put off by a faulty computerized translation.  Also to, translation becomes so key when looking to enter new markets.  Translation can often be an afterthought for those in business, but it shouldn’t be and Chris will explain why in this week’s Boiling Point.


In this episode

  • Greg tells us how Chris and he met at Seth Godin’s Ruckus makers.
  • Chris tells us what the difference is between translators and interpreters.
  • We get a fuller understanding of why this industry is so key in business, politics, and in crisis situations.
  • We also hear how trust is so important in the work of a translator.
  • Chris tells us about her plan to get the news on translation out there in August.
  • We also hear about how a former press secretary for the President might have advised on an interpreter character in a popular TV show.
  • His preconceived notions of translators and how important of a job it is for communication and connection take Dave back.
  • Greg sees the industry as critical for businesses looking to go into new markets and how bad translation will produce bad results.



The American Translator's Association

French Translator's Association

The ATA's Getting it Right Pamphlet

Getting it Right in French

The Properous Translator

101 Things a Translator Needs to Know



Direct download: BP051ChrisDurban.mp3
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