Are Translators Linguaphiles?

22 October 2018

By Caeli

Category: Posts

Edgar’s team of English translators recently had the opportunity to attend LangFest 2018, a conference that celebrates languages of all kinds. The A-Team,1 as we like to call ourselves, heard a variety of lectures on topics such as linguistics, language preservation and chunking (a technique for acquiring languages). I even picked up some basic Japanese and … Read more

Keep calm and translate?

20 August 2018

By François

Category: Posts

Lire l’original en français (« lisez »? nah!) Most people would think that specialized texts, like contracts and technical specifications, are where translation gets complicated. Those do require exceptional expertise, yes, but what is fascinating and mysterious about translation work is that, sometimes, the most unremarkable things can be the toughest nuts to crack. And … Read more

Thomas O. St-Pierre

20 July 2018

By Edgar

Category: Bloggers

Thomas was born in Québec, where he grew up, went to school, did a variety of not-always-so-interesting things and decided to become a writer. The downside of this decision was that it would be years before his chosen vocation would be known to the public—Thomas was for a long time a writer in his eyes … Read more

Geneviève Hudon

20 July 2018

By Edgar

Category: Bloggers

Born of an improbable meeting of northerners—one from Ontario and the other from Quebec—who’d settled at the midway point between their respective homes, Geneviève grew up on the banks of the Ottawa River, equidistant from the federal capital and the Quebec border. It was a childhood spent moving between two points on the 48th parallel—Elliot … Read more

Agnès Perrot

20 July 2018

By Edgar

Category: Bloggers

A Breton among the Quebecois, Agnès was raised on a diet of crepes and Far Breton in Pommerit-Jaudy, surrounded by sheep, pigs, chickens and cats. With brothers and a sister who were too old to play with her, she spent most of her time in the attic, devouring book after book. One night in her … Read more

Lindsay Bach

17 July 2018

By Edgar

Category: Bloggers

Lindsay has always been interested in languages. She started learning French as a child through the French segments on Sesame Street in the 1980s and the vocabulary of her favourite childhood hobby: ballet. She pursued French all through school, stopping briefly only after her family moved from Ontario to Alberta at the beginning of high … Read more

Dance and translation: An unlikely pair… or maybe not

17 July 2018

By Lindsay

Category: Posts

If I were to tell you that I’d given up my dream of becoming a professional dancer to become a translator, would you be surprised? Do the two fields seem like they’re worlds apart? When I completed my degree in contemporary dance, I decided that the artist’s life just wasn’t for me. I needed to … Read more

Letter to a future Edgarista

26 September 2017

Category: News

Dear candidate, At Edgar, hiring is serious business. We’re looking for people with both savoir faire AND a certain je ne sais quoi to translate with us. That’s why we set up a rigorous selection process, which begins with a screening test. If you’re one of the chosen few who make it past that step, … Read more

What happens at the cabin…

10 July 2017

Category: News

By Philippe Audet-Cayer No one could’ve foreseen what would happen in Saint-Roch-de-Mékinac on May 6, 2017. It all began when we woke up far too early to a far too rainy Saturday morning. The school bus ride and muddy roads were a bad sign, but freshly made coffee and the joy of reuniting with friends … Read more

Veganism 101 with A. and G.

28 June 2017

Category: News

At the close of a full day of conferences and workshops on different aspects of our work as translators, we gathered on the main floor of the chalet to shift our focus to another shared passion: food! A. and G., both fellow translators at Edgar, emerged from behind towering stacks of glossy cookbooks to lead … Read more