am 27. November 2012
I was keen to read this book as I already visit Nataly Kelly's blog and have also downloaded articles in the past from Jost's blog. The authors' experience is as vast as their technical knowledge. The book really illustrates just how much society relies on translation and how the role of professional linguists has changed over the years. As a translator myself, I throughly enjoyed the book even though it is targeted at non-linguists to highlight the work of translators and interpreters - a point that David Crystal makes in his introduction. Unfortunately, the work of the professional linguist is very often under-rated and under-appreciated, however, as the book admirably demonstrates, the great majority of professional linguists seem to be in it for the sheer joy of working with language and the challenges that this presents.
Reading the book is a riotous and emotional journey that spans the globe, and although very funny at times, it can also take you to some dark places.
Anyone working with languages will love the book as they are reminded of just why they do what they do. And anyone remotely interested in language work will be fascinated by this glimpse into Babel's backyard.
am 6. Februar 2015
Ich habe das Buch sehr schnell durchgelesen, weil die Autoren ein Talent haben einem mit Spaß bei der Sache zu halten. Die Geschichten und Erfahrungen aus ihrem Buch sind spannend, lustig und teilweise auch sehr überraschend. Wer auch den Wunsch hat beruflich etwas mit Sprachen zu machen, sollte dieses Buch unbedingt einmal gelesen haben!!