Bonn translators and interpreters forum in press

The Bonner Übersetzer- und Dolmetscherforum (Bonn translators and interpreters forum), in its weblog, links to an article that appeared in the General-Anzeiger Bonn on Friday, January 2nd (article is in German).

A journalist, Katharina Heimeier, came to the monthly meeting of the group (every first Wednesday in the month at 7 p.m. in the Chinese restaurant Man-Wah).

The emphasis in the article is on the need for preparation and knowledge by translators and interpreters.

I wonder how many people will turn up to the next meeting next Wednesday?

The Bonn forum is an interesting arrangement. It is not a society but an informal network of about seventy translators and interpreters with all languages and in all forms of employment. They have a website with a search function for those looking for translators or interpreters. I presume they simply share the costs of this. In the BDÜ, you have to pay 50 euros a year extra simply to have a link to your website, and the website will not be linked if the organization objects to the name of the URL. On the other hand, the BDÜ is a bigger organization and on the national level.

1 thought on “Bonn translators and interpreters forum in press

  1. > The Bonn forum is an interesting arrangement.
    > It is not a society but an informal network

    It was originally a ‘Stammtisch’, but that term doesn’t fly very well with the public. Hence the rebranding as a forum or network since we started doing things like the website. The group has unanimously voted on several occasions not to become a Verein and is careful to remain ‘verbandsunabhängig’.

    > They have a website with a search function

    Don’t remember programming that! ;-) To be accurate, it has two lists, one for ‘die Justiz’ and one for everyone else.

    > I presume they simply share the costs of this.

    That’s right. One of the group members has it in her name and we each give her a couple of euros a year to cover the cost. I do all the HTML; I’m also the first to admit that the design is looking dated, but then I do it in my spare time.

    Happy new year!

    Robin

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