Troublesome Terps

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

46 episodes of Troublesome Terps since the first episode, which aired on 13 February 2016.

  • Episode 30: Alex and Alex do London Met

    10 December 2018  |  1 hr 48 mins
    live, students

    When in Rome - or London as it were - why only settle for one live event when you can have two?
    On November 17th, hours before the big podcasting event at The Roebuck, the two Alexes were invited by Danielle D'Hayer, course leader of the MA Conference Interpreting at London Metropolitan University, to join her and a group of students in their language lab for a lively Q&A session.

  • Episode 29: Aline Casanova in the Feedback Loop

    27 November 2018  |  56 mins 6 secs

    Giving and receiving feedback is a crucial part of not only becoming an interpreter, but also continuously improving yourself, your business habits and your interpreting skills.
    Aline Casanova and some brave fellow interpreters joined forces and introduced the world to InterpretimeBank, a platform by and for interpreters. InterpretimeBank is for honing your skills, as well as giving and receiving feedback from a feedback partner. Aline joins the Troublesome Terps to talk about why it is important to keep on trying to improve yourself, what makes good feedback good and how to both, give and receive it.

  • Episode 28: Ask Us Anything 2018

    31 October 2018  |  1 hr 38 mins
    ama, interpreting, languages, podcast, translation

    Ask and you shall receive - and ask you did! For our very first Ask Us Anything episode, we received a ton of questions that kept you up at night.

    From speedy speakers to ABC language combinations, listening to your gut feeling and creating interpreting standards in the Arabic interpreting world - you sent us a wide range of questions that we relished in answering!

    Thanks again to everyone who contributed to this episode and let us know what you thought of our answers and if you have any other questions for a potential "Ask Us Anything - Part 2" episode!

  • Episode 27: Why Bother with Interpreting Research?

    20 September 2018  |  1 hr 2 mins
    academia, interpreting, practice, research, theory

    Certainly research is important in every discipline or field of work, but surely you have also sometimes wondered: actually, why should I care? Surely, it's not like in depth analysis of the voice-to-ear-span or complex and highly complex communication models help you be a better interpreter "out in the field", right?
    Well, luckily Jonathan and the two Alexes are here to help and discuss exactly why you SHOULD care and what research does do for you. Let us know what you think and let's continue the conversation!

  • Episode 26: Standing up for fun with Matthew Perret

    22 August 2018  |  1 hr 7 mins

    Have you ever laughed your head off in the booth or have you been gobsmacked by a joke that was thrown your way by a "fun" speaker? Interpreter and professional funnyman Matthew Perret joins the Troublesome Terps to shine a light on what silk purses, Mae West and German structure have to do with putting the fun in fundamentally difficult to interpret jokes. After all, not all jokes are a laughing matter!

  • Episode 25: We Iron out Your Travel

    18 July 2018  |  1 hr 14 mins

    Travelling is just as much part of an interpreter's life as speaking another language and dealing with a casual work-related caffeine addiction. Jonathan and the Alexes discuss the pros and cons of plane vs. train, hot chocolate vs. coffee, travel iron vs. water spray and a ton of other absolutely crucial travel aspects that will make your professional life (or just your upcoming summer holiday) so much easier!
    So buckle up, join us on this wild ride and let us know how YOU travel!

  • Episode 24: Get in Touch with Your Feelings (or Emotions)

    28 June 2018  |  1 hr 13 mins
    academia, emotions, feelings, interpreting, psychology, research, translation

    The Troublesome Terps are all in their feelings with guest host Caroline Lehr. Caroline not only has a PhD in emotion psychology, but also a keen interest in the influence of emotions on interpreters and the interplay between them and our performance in the workplace. A heady and insightful episode!

  • Episode 23: Professional Associations For Interpreters: AIIC & VKD

    12 June 2018  |  1 hr 12 mins

    Why should conference interpreters care about joining an interpreting specific association? What can associations do for the interpreters, but also vice versa: How can conference interpreters contribute to a productive life in associations?

    To discuss this very timely and important topic, the Troublesome Terps are joined by Sarah King, Secretary of the German Region of AIIC, and Karin Walker, Chair of the German Association of Conference Interpreters (VKD).

    Together, we discuss why it is absolutely worth joining an association, why wer are stronger together and talk about some very interesting projects, that AIIC and VKD have been working on, some of them even representing a collaboration between two of the largest conference interpreting associations.

  • Episode 22: Real Professions Have Professional Associations! (ATA & ITI)

    23 May 2018  |  1 hr 24 mins

    Many interpreters and translators are members of one or more professional associations. But why? What do professional associations actually do for the interpreting community and why should interpreters care?

    To discuss these and many more interesting points, the Troublesome Terps are joined by Corrine McKay, President of the American Translators Association, and Sarah Griffin-Mason, Chair of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting.

    They both provide fascinating insights into the projects professional bodies take on, the work that goes into it, why we should care and why it matters. Don't miss out on the this interesting topic and feel free to join the discussion!

  • Episode 21: Looking for Trouble with the Vocal Fries

    18 April 2018  |  1 hr 36 mins
    crossover, linguistics

    Hungry for more podcast? This month, the Terps are looking for trouble with the tasty Vocal Fries! Together with Vocal Fries hosts Carrie Gillon and Megan Figueroa, Jonathan and the Alexes discuss a wide variety of different topics from linguistic discrimination to gendered language to code switching and what's up with French in Canada or with Spanish in Arizona.

  • Episode 20: We Mean Business With Judy Jenner & Ewan Menzies

    15 March 2018  |  1 hr 10 mins
    business development, interpretation, interpreting, marketing

    Jonathan and the two Alexes have invited interpreting and translation entrepreneur Judy Jenner, co-author of "The Entrepreneurial Linguist" alongside business development expert and CEO of Castle Strategies Ewan Menzies to talk shop. In this episode we really get down to business!
    Both Judy and Ewan share their insights into what makes clients tick, and discuss with the Troublesome Terps how to assert your service's worth and be the best entrepreneurial interpreter you can be.

  • Episode 19: 2017, A Troublesome Year In Review

    25 January 2018  |  1 hr 12 mins

    The three troublemakers sit down to look back at a rather troublesome year. We talk about the episodes we put out in 2017 and about trends and developments in the interpreting space. Plus: The very first edition of our Tops and Flops Awards!

  • Episode 18: UTIC Live Webinar - Machine Interpreting Revisited

    20 January 2018  |  1 hr 6 mins
    ai, interpreting, machine

    Revisiting the subject of our very first episode, we will fulfil our brief to cover the topics that keep interpreters up at night. In this webinar, we tackle the controversial topic of Machine Interpreting. “Universal translation” apps, gizmos and gadgets from small startups and even heavyweights like Google have been mushrooming recently. Many people in our industry are wondering whether it is only a matter of time before interpreters made of flesh and blood will be replaced by machines. Jonathan and the two Alexanders confront the ghosts of interpreting past, present and future and give their two cents (or pence, plus VAT) on how technological progress will impact professional interpreters.

  • Episode 17: Mental Health For Interpreters

    20 November 2017  |  56 mins 26 secs

    Jonathan and the two Alexes have invited Justine Mason, formerly a mental health nurse and currently senior lecturer in health and social care at Wrexham Glyndwr University. She has completed a part-time MA in translation studies and written a dissertation about public service interpreters in health settings, particularly emotional difficulties and coping strategies. Justine and the Troublesome Terps discuss the mental health that interpreters can face in their profession.

  • Episode 16: The Social Media Muppet

    22 September 2017  |  59 mins 33 secs
    social media

    The three troublemakers have invited interpreting student Hugo Menendez to discuss social media and how interpreters should or should not use it.

  • Episode 15: Remote interpreting with a cat on your lap

    22 August 2017  |  1 hr 22 secs
    interpretation, interpreting, remote, technology

    The three troublemakers discuss the ins and outs of the different kinds of remote interpreting, sharing their own on-the-job experience along the way.