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Luisa Berlim

Question and Answer

  • What is your name?
    • Luisa Berlim
  • Where do you live?
    • Brazil
  • What made you decide to become a translator or interpreter?
    • I like a good challenge!
  • List one strength that you think sets you apart from your colleagues.
    • Thinking outside the box.
  • Name the one thing that you most enjoy in your translating or interpreting career.
    • Finding simple yet elegant solutions to hairy problems.
  • We all have worked on those not-so-perfect assignments. Write about one such assignment that was not ideal and what you learned from it.
    • Sometimes a poor source can make us fret like nothing else. Learning to see the context and understand how to create a better target can be a big challenge.
  • If you could go back in time to when you were just starting out as a translator or interpreter, what advice would you give to your younger self?
    • Never accept peanuts!
  • Name one resource – such as a phone app, CAT tool, website, and so forth – that you find especially helpful in your translating or interpreting work.
    • Microsoft Language Portal
  • What's the best book you've read this year?
    • Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China

Empress-Dowager-Cixi

 

A New York Times Notable Book
An NPR Best Book of the Year

In 1852, at age sixteen, Cixi was chosen as one of Emperor Xianfeng's numerous concubines. When he died in 1861, their five-year-old son succeeded to the throne. Cixi at once launched a coup against her son's regents and placed herself as the true source of power—governing through a silk screen that separated her from her male officials.
Drawing on newly available sources, Jung Chang comprehensively overturns Cixi's reputation as a conservative despot. Cixi's extraordinary reign saw the birth of modern China. Under her, the ancient country attained industries, railways, electricity, and a military with up-to-date weaponry. She abolished foot-binding, inaugurated women's liberation, and embarked on a path to introduce voting rights. Packed with drama, this groundbreaking biography powerfully reforms our view of a crucial period in China's—and the world's—history.

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