Language. People. Stories.

06. March 2019 38: Michael Erard Bonus Track

37: Michael Erard

I visit writer Michael Erard during his residency at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, Netherlands. We talk about the institute, his writing, the language of the dying and the expat experience.

36: Alexander Smith, protected by his innocence

This is LangFM, the podcast about language and what people do with it. My guest on this episode: fellow Alexander and former fellow conference interpreter at the European Commission: Alexander Smith. (You'll even hear him sing, by the way!) In 2017, Alex hung up his interpreting headphones for good. I jumped at the chance to sit down with him for a chat about his life in interpreting and in music.
You will notice that I really enjoyed talking to Alex. I don’t usually include my side of the interview in my episodes anymore. In this case, however, it seemed like a good fit. (Also, I set up my audio recorder incorrectly.) Pour la petite histoire, as Alex would say, he was there when I went on my very first interpreting trip abroad - what we in SCIC call a „mission“. The trip was to Reggio Emilia and I remember thinking, wow, what interesting characters they have in this interpreting service.
By the way, the music extracts throughout this episode are from two bands that Alexander’s been involved in: „About Time“ and their album „Songs from underground“, and folk band Bothan. Their album is called „Binnorie“, and the other band members (and fellow SCIC interpreters) are Elise Docherty, Jane McBride and Andy Upton.
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Sign of the times III - France

Stéphan, interprète en langue des signes française, nous parle de son parcours personnel et de la vie d’hier et d’aujourd’hui des sourds en France.

Sign of the times I - Scotland

This episode is part of a mini-series on sign language interpreting, a topic I have become increasingly fascinated by in recent years. In the same time, sign language interpreting has moved more into public awareness, including within our profession. AIIC, the international association of conference interpreters, now has members working with sign language. The European Parliament has become involved, as you heard in episode 28 of LangFM, about the EUsigns conference. And more and more countries are upgrading the status of their national sign languages.

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35: Viva Las Vienna, mit Dagmar & Judy Jenner

Konferenzschaltung mit Dagmar Jenner in Wien und Judy Jenner in Las Vegas - Ich plaudere mit den beiden über ihre Familiengeschichte, ihre Arbeit und vieles mehr.

34: My Chat With Matt Baird, The Bolder Translator

Matt Baird is a US-born and Germany-based translator and copywriter with many interesting stories to tell. Matt also hosts the podcast of the American Translators Association. Tune in to find out how Matt got interested in learning German, about his many hops across the pond and how he almost got sucked into the Washington beltway bubble.
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