Author Archives: m_syme

About m_syme

A lost mind and a rogue scholar.

Observations

Dear Reader, Today I am interested in taking some notes regarding my observations on the art of translation. To preface these observations I first wish to express a lesson which I have learned through experience and which I am putting … Continue reading

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What? Translation?

Dear Reader, I came to China for a reason forgotten, though I think it may have had something to do with a suggestion made by a Chinese medical interpreter I met, that I ought to go to China and practice … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day

Preface I wrote this a week ago, when a particular thought occurred to me, which is contained herein, and at the time I was unthinkingly thinking in Chinese.

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Moonlight White

Saturday, 23 January, 2016 The following text was originally in Chinese, printed on the paper wrapping of the Moonlight White Pu’er tea cake, shown in the photograph.

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A Little Idea

Tuesday, 12 January, 2016 Dear Readers, What does an interpreter who’s not interpreting do? He starts an international trade business. Or, at least, that’s what I seem to be doing.

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Fun and Games

Thursday, 03 December, 2015 Dear Readers, I have learned that I am probably not destined for any kind of career in journalism, as I find it difficult to keep up with my writing. It has been a month since my … Continue reading

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TEFL Teacher Training

Tuesday, 3 November, 2015 Dear friends, I recently taught two weeks of English classes which I’d rather not go in to detail about, as they were quite a mess. While I had some ideas about English teaching, they were quite … Continue reading

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Turning Teacher

Sunday, 4 October, 2015 My dear readers, Where have I been? I have been living in Guangzhou city, in Guangdong Provence, in southern China for over two weeks. I have been brought here via a program called Ameson Year in … Continue reading

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Pot Luck

Pot Luck (this is not a statement about Seattle) Friday, 17 April, 2015 Dear Reader, Early in December I went to a local gathering for interpreters, attended by local interpreters. The gathering was organized by the Northwest Translators and Interpreters … Continue reading

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Tradition

Wednesday, 28 January, 2015 Dear Reader, It has been too long, I know. I hope you did not worry over my absence. I have not perished through my efforts, or resigned in them. What has happened, you may ask? Actually, … Continue reading

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