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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  • 65: Ebru Diriker, Are Interpreters Who They Say They Are?

    23 September 2021  |  1 hr 2 mins

    Who we say we are and who we actually are, are not always necessarily the same thing. Even interpreters who think of themselves as completely invisible and impartial will sometimes be forced to make some tough calls. Joining the Troublesome Terps to talk about this, her research and much, much more is Ebru Diriker. Don't miss this episode to have some of your assumptions challenged!

  • 64: A quick summer update

    12 August 2021  |  5 mins 58 secs

    All four (!) troublemakers check in briefly to wish you all a wonderful summer and provide a sneak peek at what the autumn/fall will bring.

  • 63: Interpreters Assemble!

    21 July 2021  |  1 hr 6 mins

    Interpreters seldom come alone - especially, if they are part of an interpreting network all their own! Join Alex and Alex as they interview three members of three very different networks to discover, what the pros and cons of being part of a network are, how you can start one yourself and what the different "models" are. A truly inspiring episode about solidarity, common interests and mutual support!

  • 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

    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

    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.