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Steve Dyson

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  • What is your name?
    • Steve Dyson
  • Where do you live?
    • France
  • What made you decide to become a translator or interpreter?
    • Fascination with French and English languages and terminology plus the opportunity to combine this with a technical background, specifically BSc in physics and wide-ranging interests in the hard sciences and all branches of engineering.
  • List one strength that you think sets you apart from your colleagues.
    • Combination of technical background and strong skills in technical writing and journalism.
  • Name the one thing that you most enjoy in your translating or interpreting career.
    • Discussing technical and cultural challenges with clients.
  • 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. Know how fast (or slow) you are and only accept jobs that you are given enough time to do to your own satisfaction.
    • Strive to ensure that every job results in a good return in terms of personal satisfaction and ever-improving customer relations.
  • 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?
    • Work harder on target-language writing skills from the very earliest and on finding colleagues with whom you can exchange rereading services.
  • 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.
    • dtSearch
  • What's the best book you've read this year?
    • Gut. The inside story of our body's most under-rated organ
      by Giulia Enders


A New York Times Bestseller

A cheeky up-close and personal guide to the secrets and science of our digestive system

For too long, the gut has been the body's most ignored and least appreciated organ, but it turns out that it's responsible for more than just dirty work: our gut is at the core of who we are. Gut: The Inside Story of our Body's Most Underrated Organ gives the alimentary canal its long-overdue moment in the spotlight. With quirky charm, rising science star Giulia Enders explains the gut's magic, answering questions like: Why does acid reflux happen? What's really up with gluten and lactose intolerance? How does the gut affect obesity and mood? Communication between the gut and the brain is one of the fastest-growing areas of medical research—on par with stem-cell research. Our gut reactions, we learn, are intimately connected with our physical and mental well-being. Aided with cheerful illustrations by Enders's sister Jill, this beguiling manifesto will make you finally listen to those butterflies in your stomach: they're trying to tell you something important.

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