TTC wetranslate Launches Translation Challenge 2020

The UK-based language service provider, TTC wetranslate is once again challenging translation students from the University of Essex to put their language skills to the test with a real business translation commission in the seventh annual Translation Challenge.

The 7th instalment of the competition has been launched at the University of Essex on 15 January 2020 and mixed groups of undergraduate and postgraduate translation students will take part. Each team will work on a live text from a TTC wetranslate global client – Computair. Andrew Philpott, Internet Developments Manager at Computair, delivered a great brief to the students via video call at the start of the challenge.

In order to be successful, competitors must review the terminology in the native language, carry out the translation to the target language and finally, review the translated draft and make revisions to ensure accuracy. The winning team will be crowned at an award ceremony on 12 February 2020. TTC wetranslate has been organising the competition since 2014. It set up the challenge in order to engage students studying translation at university level and give them first-hand experience of being a translator in the world of commerce and industry before completing their degree course.

Levent Yildizgoren, TTC wetranslate managing director said, “We are delighted to launch the seventh edition of the Translation Challenge. It gives students valuable experience and calls on them to work in exactly the same way that they would at a translation agency. In the seven years we have been hosting the Translation Challenge, it has proven itself to be instrumental in helping students progress their studies and progress towards employability.”

Heather Doyle, Work Based Learning Manager in Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Essex said, “One of the things about the Translation Challenge is it helps them understand how their work fits into the broad of scheme of things so that they get presentation from the business owner and they can see what that document is going to do and how strategically important it might be for the business. So they get the opportunity to see how they fit into the big picture.”

Maria, one of the participants of the Translation Challenge, a Master Student in Translation, Interpreting and Subtitling at the University of Essex said, “Becoming a translator is not something that just happens in a day. It has been a long process. We’ve had to study hard; it takes time and it takes a lot of practice, a lot of studying. So, of course, having a client who tells you that you did a good job would be really rewarding. I would feel great about it and I hope they end up saying that.”

As a result of its work on the Challenge, TTC wetranslate was a 2019 finalist in the ‘Best Collaboration between a University and Employer’ category in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards.

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About TTC wetranslate Limited is a language service provider based in Chelmsford, Essex and is accredited by the Association of Translation Companies (ATC) and the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI). TTC wetranslate is also registered for the BS EN 15038 European Translation Quality Standard. The team regularly takes part in charity events and supports UN Sustainable Development Goals. TTC wetranslate has offices in the UK and in Turkey. With over 27 years of experience in the industry, it helps businesses overcome language barriers.

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