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The Cretan Way

This was a two-part book with a practical guide to walking a new route across Crete based on the E4 footpath as well as a travelogue by the author describing his own experience of walking the route. This project involved extensive research into the geographical and historical references as well as precision and clarity for the walking instructions. The author’s unique writing style had to be respected whilst ensuring coherence and fluidity in the translation. Overall a really exciting and rewarding project.

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Eating Up Italy: Food for Thought

I’m currently reading Matthew Fort’s book, Eating Up Italy: Voyages on a Vespa, which follows his journey through Italy, from south to north, on a culinary quest for the truth, culture and people behind Italian cuisine, in all its many varieties.

I’m really enjoying the book and the author’s way of writing, but what I want to focus on here is:

  •  how foreigners describe Italy
  •  why this is an important factor to consider when translating.

Let’s start with the first point and have a look at how Italy is seen from the outside with the help of Matthew Fort.

restaurant_italyIn contrast to many who write about Italy, Matthew Fort does not present himself as a great expert of the country, but rather as someone with limited knowledge of the language and the country in spite of his obvious interest in the place. (more…)

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Planet Mountain

I collaborated with this Italian-English online magazine by translating a few of their articles into English. These translations called for a clear understanding of climbing terminology in addition to familiarity with the style and tone of communications in the mountaineering world.

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Brictour

This organisation needed website texts which were clear and engaging whilst remaining true to their guiding philosophy. I also translated a selection of proposals for excursions with relevant information about necessary equipment, what to expect from the experience and an insight into the historical and cultural background to each route.

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Video Valli di Lanzo

Video Valli di Lanzo – A series of informative and promotional videos describing the historical and natural features of specific walking routes in the Lanzo Valleys near Turin. The project involved the translation of voiceovers texts and the preparation of English-language subtitles. As well as being sensitive to the time restrictions for the voiceover and the subtitles, this project entailed detailed research to ensure a well-balanced approach to describing local places and legends. For more details, see the CAI Lanzo youtube channel.