DUROSE TRANSLATIONS Your words, your world.


02/10/2017
"October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces.” J.K. Rowling The weather here in Bologna has made it very clear that the long summer days are coming to an end. I am no longer forced to translate sat in my underwear, nor do I need ...
Rebecca Durose
02/10/2017


16/04/2017
"Translation is not a matter of words only: it is a matter of making intelligible a whole culture.” Anthony Burgess I was having dinner with a friend last week when conversation turned to relationships. “All six friends within my circle are engaged”, he says (our friendship arose from a language exchange, so naturally we switch in and out of Italian and English). I...
Rebecca Durose
16/04/2017


15/01/2017
"Forget the past, it's gone, but glance back occasionally to remind yourself where you came from and where you are going". Chloe Thurlow First of all, I want to wish everyone a wonderful new year wherever you are in the world, whether you are one of my lovely clients, a fellow translator or just another like-minded language nerd. Let’s make this year great. 2016 has been...
Rebecca Durose
15/01/2017


19/12/2016
"Loving life is easy when you are abroad. Where no one knows you and you hold life in your hands all alone, you are more master of yourself than at any other time". Hannah Arendt In September this year, I decided to leave the mad whirlwind that is London in search for pizza, pasta and prosecco. Living abroad has one main advantage for language professionals, and that of course is ...
Rebecca Durose
19/12/2016


06/10/2016
"Making money isn't hard in itself... What's hard is to earn it doing something worth devoting one's life to". Carlos Ruiz Zafón Money, rates, surcharges, discounts, TM breakdowns… the dreaded taboo subjects every freelance translator seems to avoid talking about with other freelance translators. I do get it, money can be a delicate, even personal subject, but for transl...
Rebecca Durose
06/10/2016


25/09/2016
"Tko ne vaze, nema blaga". Croatian Proverb If you read my latest blog post, you’ll already know that I think it’s really important to make time for a holiday as a freelancer, and I mean a real holiday with no laptop, no emails and no translation. I know that other translators have differing opinions on this and that there are lots who prefer to stay in the game whilst they are ...
Rebecca Durose
25/09/2016


07/08/2016
"How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?". Dr Seuss Motivation, self-discipline and willpower. The three things all freelancers want and need, but sometimes just seem to escape us. Going from a structured 9-5 office job, working to someone else’s sch...
Rebecca Durose
07/08/2016


20/07/2016
"In truth I don’t like Cornish pasties". Joe Cornish Firstly, I just want to acknowledge the fact that it has been FIVE WHOLE MONTHS since my last blog post. I’m sorry. I really tried, but it has been an exhausting, exciting few months working with lots of lovely new clients, discovering new weird and wonderful subject matters, some admittedly mor...
Rebecca Durose
20/07/2016


05/02/2016
"On this shrunken globe, men can no longer live as strangers". Stevenson, Adlai E. So, we’re coming to the end of January and life is well and truly back in full swing. For me, and for many of you out there too, this means more deadlines, more words, and more grammar. In fact, I think I have had more grammatical debates this month than a...
Rebecca Durose
05/02/2016


11/01/2016
"If we did all the things we are capable of doing we would literally astound ourselves”. Thomas Edison So, it’s a new year. New projects, new goals, new ambitions. And, although I can’t promise that I will stick to all 10, below are my resolutions, guaranteed to bring me (and you) a year of grammatical accuracy, stylistic fluency and faster-...
Rebecca Durose
11/01/2016


22/10/2015
“Words are but symbols for the relations of things to one another and to us; nowhere do they touch upon absolute truth.... Through words and concepts we shall never reach beyond the wall off relations, to some sort of fabulous primal ground of things.” Friedrich Nietzsche This week, I stumbled across an article in the BBC News Magazine, a...
Rebecca Durose
22/10/2015


29/09/2015
"“But, behavior in the human being is sometimes a defense, a way of concealing motives and thoughts, as language can be a way of hiding your thoughts and preventing communication.”" Abraham Maslow I recently swapped my desk in busy London for a slightly more inspiring setting in beautiful Greece. As with Dutch, Greek is a language that lies entirely ...
Rebecca Durose
29/09/2015


14/07/2015
"Is Samara the black hole of happiness? That’s what more than one expat has said after stopping here on vacation and never leaving." Lonely Planet This time of year, when the sun starts to tease us into thinking about what it would feel like to be laying on a beach somewhere exotic, always brings me back to the 6 glorious months I spent in Costa Rica...
Rebecca Durose
14/07/2015


11/06/2015
"All paradises, all utopias are designed by who is not there, by the people who are not allowed in." Toni Morrison A conversation with an old friend from Paris this week got me thinking about our ability and decisions to use language to conform. Just as we find ourselves following certain trends in fashion, sport or lifestyle to ‘fit in’, if we reall...
Rebecca Durose
11/06/2015


19/05/2015
"Il caffè è il balsamo del cuore e dello spirito." Giuseppe Verdi This fortnight’s blog post marks the start of a new collection of posts, ‘your words, your world…’, through which I ever so kindly enlighten you with a cultural observation whenever I feel I have learnt something mildly useful. For the first installation, I wanted to share with you a b...
Rebecca Durose
19/05/2015


30/04/2015
"If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music." Gustav Mahler Although this blog is primarily focused around language, translation and all things wordy, I thought that it was about time that I brought my other passion in life into the picture. Music has always been extremely important to me...
Rebecca Durose
30/04/2015


10/04/2015
"I like this world. I like drinking champagne. I like not smoking. I like Dutch people speaking Dutch." John Green For this fortnight’s blog post, I wanted to share with you my new language interest. Over the bank holiday weekend, which i decided to spend in Utrecht, The Netherlands, I seem to have developed a bit of a thing for Dutch. I know I should be faithful to my working la...
Rebecca Durose
10/04/2015


25/03/2015
"Whoever is not acquainted with foreign languages knows nothing of their own." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe As a native English speaker, and one with a keen interest in language-learning and linguistics, I had never doubted my understanding of my mother tongue. I had never doubted it until I began translating that is. For a good twenty y...
Rebecca Durose
25/03/2015


05/03/2015
“When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.” Lewis Carroll As a freelance translator, I have heard the same old question countless numbers of times. “Surely anyone can translate if they are bilingual?” So many people wrongly assume that vocabulary i...
Rebecca Durose
05/03/2015