I had a nice surprise the other day, but a surprise that made me feel a bit sheepish. I discovered that Luke Spear had included my blog in his list of “75+ of the best translation, language and linguistics blogs to follow” – even though my last post dates from 26 June 2016. Oh dear.
Anyway, being included in Luke’s list acted like a kick in the bahookie and I’ve decided to revive this poor old blog, which I’ve badly neglected.
To start with, I’ll pick up from that post of 26 June 2016 to say that I still think leaving the European Union is a disaster for the UK. Especially during these times of coronavirus, when it would surely be beneficial to pool our resources with those of other European countries and provide each other with mutual help. And just think of the number of Europeans working and putting themselves at risk in UK hospitals, care homes and other key services.
I realise this isn’t the time to rake up old divisions but I do wonder, if we were to conduct a poll now, how many people would still choose Brexit.
Published by Marian Dougan
Marian is a translator and editor (specialising in web content) currently based in Glasgow, Scotland. Marian previously lived in Italy for over 20 years, working as a language teacher, translator and policy analyst with the British Embassy in Rome. A qualified member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI) and its Italian-language and ITI Scotnet networks, she is currently Scotnet's Convenor and Deputy Webmaster.
From 2003 to 2006 Marian taught translation skills at the Italian Department of Glasgow University and now gives Master Classes as part of the new Masters in Translation Studies course. She also conducts web-writing and usability workshops to help people improve their websites and communicate more effectively with their readers, users and customers. In September 2014 Marian obtained User Experience Certification, with specialisation in Web Design, from the Nielsen Norman Group.
She loves language, especially English, and is convinced that learning languages opens up people’s minds and horizons (and increases their brainpower!). To share her enthusiasm, she advises schools and educational authorities on language skills and enterprise. She gives talks to pupils on how to combine language studies with other subjects and so enhance their potential and increase their career options.
Marian is an active member of organisations such as: Scottish Council Development and Industry (SCDI); Association of Scottish Businesswomen; Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce and the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Scotland.
She also loves architecture, design, fashion (British Vogue!), cities and chocolate. She’s a great fan of Twitter and you can also find her on Linkedin.
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I totally agree with You that leaving the European Union is a disaster for the UK.
I know. The EU certainly doesn’t get everything right but we’d be far better off working within it and helping improve it.
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