Donnerstag, 20. September 2018

Nur noch 10 Tage...

... dann ist schon wieder Weltübersetzertag, auch bekannt als Hieronymustag, nämlich am 30. September.
Auch dieses Jahr gibt es wieder viele Veranstaltungen rund um diesen Tag, der dieses Jahr ja auf einen Sonntag fällt.

Der BDÜ hat eine praktische Übersicht der vom Verband organisierten Veranstaltungen erstellt, wobei diese Liste natürlich nicht vollständig ist, denn es gibt auch Veranstaltungen, die anderweitig organisiert werden.

Die Weltlesebühne hat beispielsweise Einiges geplant, zu finden hier, so wie auch der Verband der Literaturübersetzer, VdÜ.

Und es gibt bestimmt auch viele kleinere Aktionen, die lokal konzentriert, aber sicher nicht minder interessant sind, also ruhig mal in den Medien (und nicht nur den digitalen) schauen, was sich bis Ende nächster Woche vielleicht alles so tut im Umkreis!

Samstag, 15. September 2018

Back to school

Well, summer is officially over: School here in Bavaria started back up last Monday (yes, teachers have to be in school already on Monday), and what a start it was?!

This year, I have one two-period class in addition to my other classes to teach, which also means that I have to go to school three days now instead of two, plus I get to be the class teacher for the second year - a first for me, but thankfully I have lovely colleagues to help me along.

What made this first week particularly challenging was the fact that I also had interpreting assignments from Tuesday (all day) to Friday (two afternoons and one morning) in addition to school, so not much time to breath in between, but hey - anyone can do easy, right?! ;-)

I am glad it is the weekend though, and that preparations for next week are done, so I can enjoy it.

I hope, you do too, regardless of what your week was like and how the next is going to be!

Mittwoch, 5. September 2018

Eine gute Kombination

Die neuen Stofftaschen vom BDÜ - und meine Wenigkeit:

Freitag, 31. August 2018

A few riddles...

... to grease the brain at the end of summer. Found on

These puzzles are words that are spatially arranged to make a pun. 
For example,
which is, man overboard (man over board). 

Try the puzzles below. All answers are at the end of this piece. (Don't peek!)








feet feet feet feet feet feet 

he's | himself 


death ... life 



2. I understand; 3. reading between the lines; 4. crossroads; 5. tricycle; 6. two degrees below zero; 7. neon light; 8. six feet underground; 9. he's by himself; 10. a backward glance. 11. life after death; 12. think big; 13. long time no see (c).

Montag, 20. August 2018

Noch ein Quiz...

... weil's so schön ist, und weil man auch im Sommer die Synapsen nicht einschlafen lassen sollte!

Viel Spaß mit diesem Quiz zur Rechtschreibung aus der Süddeutschen!

Donnerstag, 16. August 2018

Work-life balance

The other day, I received one of the best compliments (in my mind) a freelancer can get:
"I really admire you, because you do all these things for yourself outside of work, and instead of it stressing you, it seems to make you more relaxed. You really have this whole work-life balance thing figured out, haven't you?"

"All these things" are various activities involving physical movement (I don't like to call it "sports", because that sounds like I'm this awesome athlete which I'm really not, I just do different things that are fun, like dancing) or music or two (motorized) wheels.

And yes, I would say that I have this work-life balance thing figured out, because I try to follow the maxim of working to live, not living to work.

I have office hours that I stick to, I go on vacation with my phone off and the computer at home, and I turn down work when it would take away time I can spend doing what I love with people I love.
There are exceptions to this, of course, but that's exactly what they are: exceptions, not regular occurrences!
I might not make a gazillion euros, but I make enough to keep up the life style that makes me happy, and that's what it really is about, isn't it?

By the way, Tess Witty over at Marketing Tips for Translators did a blog post on this that's really worth listening to, especially if you're struggling with this topic.

Mittwoch, 8. August 2018


Die Aufregung war groß, aber inzwischen hört man irgendwie kaum noch etwas. Ob das nun daran liegt, dass die Resignation vollends eingesetzt hat oder nun doch jeder weiß, was (und was nicht) zu tun ist, mag dahin gestellt sein, aber auf jeden Fall ist Ruhe eingekehrt um das Thema DSGVO.

Wer wissen möchte, ob letzteres der Fall ist, sollte diesen Quiz vom Legal Tribune Online machen. Viel Spaß! :-)