Introduction to Translation /Einführung in die Übersetzung

Riccardo announces that he is teaching a course at the University of Denver on the Foundations of Translation. He will be posting his lecture notes in his blog.

bq. It will concentrate on the fundamentals that all translators should know: A deep knowledge of one’s own native language and of at least one foreign language is a necessary prerequisite, but, alone, it is not sufficient. To become a translator one should also fully understand the subject-matter of the text to be translated, and have knowledge of things such as translation tools, reference materials, translation processes, and, above all, self-knowledge – knowing what one knows as well as an awareness of what one does not know.

Here is Lesson One.

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