Troublesome Terps

The podcast about things that keep interpreters up at night.

About the show

Troublesome Terps is a roundtable-style podcast covering topics from the interpreting space and the wider world of languages. The hosts - Jonathan Downie, Alexander Drechsel, Alexander Gansmeier, and Sarah Hickey - discuss them amongst themselves or with high-profile guests from the industry.

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Episodes

  • 62: AI versus Interpreting - with Graham Turner and Henry Líu

    17 June 2021  |  1 hr 15 mins

    With machine translation having become almost an everyday staple in the language industry, the discussion continues to shift towards artificial intelligence and how it may impact the future of interpreting and interpreter training. To discuss this topic from two perspectives, Henry Liu and Graham Turner join the Troublesome Terps to tackle this crucial and controversial topic head on. Listen in and let us know what YOU think about our future and our possible co-existence with the C3POs of this world in the comments of on social media!

  • 61: Multilingual is Normal w/ Cate Hamilton

    20 May 2021  |  1 hr 23 mins

    Joined by the lovely Cate Hamilton, Sarah and Alex G. go on to explore a fascinating world of language learning, Norwegian children's songs, baby scientists and why #MultilingualIsNormal. A brilliant episode for every language lover and interpreter or translator out there, who each surely have some linguistic anecdotes themselves!

  • 60: I Can Show You the World (of Interpreting)

    29 April 2021  |  34 mins 47 secs

    Two Troublesome Terps embark on a trip around the world in (more or less) 60 minutes for our 60th episode!

    From Australia to Germany, Egypt to Japan, from the USA to Vietnam and many more, we are taking you on a whirlwind tour across different interpreting markets with the help of some friends. A very special clip show style episode you won't want to miss!

  • 59: How do Interpreters Think?

    19 March 2021  |  58 mins 50 secs
    research

    The age old question, that has eluded our partners for centuries. Jonathan and Alex G. sit down with Kilian Seeber to find answers. Maybe.

  • 58: The UK Special

    18 February 2021  |  1 hr 4 mins

    In this episode, the Troublesome Terps welcome Kirsty Heimerl-Moggan and Paul Appleyard to discuss the challenges faced in the UK language market - current, previous and upcoming. From Brexit and linguist supply and demand, to Covid and RSI, to how the PSI sector and professional bodies such as the ITI have responded to the changing environment, this episode is full of information, surprises and a bit of cheek!

  • 57: The ELF on the Shelf

    20 January 2021  |  49 mins 51 secs
    hosts-only

    Jonathan and the Alexes kick off 2021 by talking about a topic we have covered before: English as a lingua franca. In light of the global political shifts, Brexit and changing global travel (or lack thereof), is English still the undisputed "Global Language"? And what even IS English?

  • 56: 2020 in Review and our first Annual Awards

    18 December 2020  |  1 hr 1 min
    hosts-only, year-in-review

    After a most definitely troublesome 2020 for the entire world, we thought we put a different spin on our annual Year In Review show and turn it into a celebration of the most favorite episodes and guest hosts, all as voted by you, the fans! And the award goes to...???

  • 55: New Ways of Working w/ Elena Davitti

    3 December 2020  |  56 mins 56 secs
    business, respeaking

    This episode's topic seems to be of a particular relevance right now at a time, when interpreters around the world are diversifying more than ever. Elena Davitti joins the Troublesome Terps and details her research on interlingual respeaking, how there is now the option to shape a whole new language serivice and why and how interpreters and language professionals at large can get started in this new field.

  • 54: Interpreting in Conflict Zones w/ Antonio Posada

    6 November 2020  |  1 hr 7 mins

    You think you've had a nerve-wracking assignment? Think again and listen in as our guest Antonio Posada talks us through some select experience from his time working in proper conflict zones in and around Colombia. From meetings with guerilla fighters, to going on relief missions in warn torn villages and literally being under fire on the job, you won't believe your ears.

  • 53: Starting Out as an Interpreter

    30 September 2020  |  1 hr 5 mins
    hosts-only, live

    The Troublesome Terps are going live again, 2020-style: on YouTube! Together with a dedicated live audience and a lot of previously collected input from our listeners, we discuss the trials and tribulations of starting out as an interpreter, what's different in 2020 compared to when we kicked things off and what some challenges, but also some opportunities for new #terps are.

  • 52: Don't be a Bully

    7 September 2020  |  1 hr 1 min
    bullying, hosts-only, mental-health

    Inspired by Jonathan's very own survey on bullying, both Alexes and Jonathan discuss the issue of bullying within in the interpreting space, with the help of our very own short survey on bullying filled out byaudience members, sharing very personal experiences. From sexism, to classism in interpreting, spreading lies and outright hostile behavior we talk about how to spot bullying, what to do about it and what we hope for the interpreting industry as a whole.

  • 51: Getting Wordly with Lakshman Rathnam

    22 July 2020  |  1 hr 13 mins
    machine-interpreting, technology

    In our 51st episode, which harkens back to our very first episode ever, "Dictionaries on Legs", the Troublesome Terps are meeting Lakshman Rathnam, CEO of wordly to talk to him about all things "machine interpreting". From speech-to-text and back again, to robots taking over the interpreting space (or not?), come and join us on this interesting discussion - and witness the man who wrote the book on Machine Interpreting go "toe to toe" with Silicon Valley.