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ACT - Meaning-based Translating & Interpreting (Pt 3)

  • 28 February 2023
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (AEDT)
  • ACT - YMCA Canberra: in person & via Zoom nationally
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ACT: Meaning-based
Translating & Interpreting
(Part 3) (phrase level)
Tuesday 28 February 2023

6.00pm (5.30pm in-person) - 8.00pm  AEDT
YWCA Canberra, Floor 3, 71 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra
Hybrid - In person ACT  & via Zoom Nationally


This training event will be presented in hybrid mode:
face-to-face for participants in the ACT (the hosting branch) and as a live-streamed session for participants elsewhere

Making correct and valid linguistic choices when translating and interpreting, especially in the ‘pressure-cooker’ environment of interpreting, requires practitioners to have a good understanding of the principles which underlie the transfer of meaning between languages. This understanding is also invaluable on the occasions – which are bound to occur sooner or later – when clients or other professionals challenge us on the linguistic choices we’ve made.

This training event is intended to build on, and discuss in greater detail, some of the issues covered in two previous webinars on Meaning-based Translating and Interpreting conducted on 07 May 2018 (general overview) and 28 May 2019 (equivalence at the word level). Both of these are available – now free of charge for AUSIT members – on the AUSIT website, if you didn’t have an opportunity to participate at the time. This training event is designed to be a stand-alone session, but as background to it you may find it useful to view either or both of those previous sessions (especially the first).

This training event will focus on the transfer of meaning, and the various ways of achieving a suitable degree of equivalence, at the level of phrases. The content will include the following:

  • by way of background, a quick review of the concept of translating and interpreting being ‘meaning-based’, and the concept of ‘equivalence’ of meaning;
  • why phrases (encompassing the two areas of collocations and idioms/fixed expressions) present problems for translators and interpreters;
  • what collocations are, and the specific ‘translation challenges’ they pose;
  • similarly, the specific translation challenges posed by idioms, sayings, and fixed expressions; and
  • acceptable strategies for dealing with these translation challenges.

If time allows, there may be an opportunity for participants to submit questions for the presenter to respond to.

This webinar will be conducted in English.

Face-to-Face participation

This event provides a face-to-face participation option for translators located in ACT

ACT Venue
YWCA House - Education and Training Centre
Level 3, 71 Northbourne Ave
Canberra ACT 2601

Fellow ACT practitioners
are invited to come at 5:30pm for finger food and light refreshments before the training event starts.

Online participation

Members and non-members from all States are welcome to join in with the webinar to be live-streamed via Zoom online from ACT. 

Biography of presenter

Dave Deck has worked as a Professional / Certified Translator (Indonesian and Malay) for 29 years, and for 20 of those also worked as a Professional Interpreter (Indonesian). From 2006 to 2014 he taught the theoretical aspects of T&I at RMIT University in their Advanced Diploma and Masters programs. A NAATI examiner in those two languages, for many years he also assisted the NAATI Melbourne office in running candidate preparation workshops for both translating and interpreting, and when NAATI introduced their new certification system he helped to conduct training sessions for NAATI examiners. A former chair of AUSIT’s VIC/TAS branch committee, he was AUSIT’s National Secretary for four years, and is currently chair of the ACT branch committee and branch delegate to National Council.

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Certificates for PD purposes may take approximately two (2) weeks to be released following the event.

This event will be recorded and copy of the recording will be made available for all Registrants


Tuesday 28 February 2023

6.00pm (5.30pm in-person) - 8.00pm AEDT

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ACT - in-person
YWCA House - Education and Training Centre
Level 3, 71 Northbourne Ave
Canberra ACT 2601

NATIONAL - Via Zoom online from the comfort of your own space


AUSIT Ordinary Members - AUD 25

Members of ASLIA, NZSTI and associations that are FIT-ITF members
- AUD 25
(email for registration code)

AUSIT Student Members - AUD 10

NON-members - AUD 75


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