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Deborah Joyce
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CROSS CULTURAL LISTENING
One of my long-standing
clients used to employ an International Director stationed here in the
U.S.   That gentleman has since been
relocated back to France, but I remember distinctly his passionate first
reflections on his ex-pat experience.   He
was so in...

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A Translator defends the Affordable Care Act
As someone who has been
self-employed for over twenty years, I have known the joy of achievements that
I owe to no one but myself.   Self-employment
is not for the faint of heart.   Each
conquest is accompanied by hours of unpaid work in unrelated fields.  ...

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The translator: a stranger in my own country
A couple of weeks ago, at a small friendly gathering of
language professionals, I met an elderly gentleman who claimed to be able to
pinpoint a person’s place of birth by listening to the individual’s accent. He couldn’t correctly place me. I might, despite...

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Let's win some money
The board meetings were drawing to a close.  The French directors had already risen from
the board room table.  At this point, my
attention to the conversation could move into a more casual mode.  I could physically sense my adrenaline level sinking,
and th...

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Please give my your Divided Attention
I spent a weekend in an intensive workshop for court
interpreters.  My work flow has been such
lately that I have been looking forward to Brain Down Time on the
weekends:  slouched in a chair flipping
channels between a great old Katherine Hepburn film, a q...

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Fallen Pines Poems
and photography by D eborah
Joyce Fallen
Pines I
found you nose
in the dirt bleached
bare a
rack of ribs lifting
your true-arrow spine aspiring
to crawl to
a place separate from
that of your birth. My
own feet will
doubtless do no better ...

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Le Second Degré
Many years ago, working on a large in-house translation
project, I supplied French translations to a group of programmers who were
rebuilding the on-line Billings and Collections program for an American
company.  The French I was asked to
supply was a simpl...

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Fringe benefits
My annual trip to the tax preparer has all the
stomach-churning anxiety of a trip to the dentist.  I’m not worried about paying huge tax
amounts.  Rather, I have to sit through a
thorough examination of my performance for another year, purely from a
financi...

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Liberté - Egalité - Etre Français
Over the last few days of the terrorist attacks on Paris, I
had many exchanges with friends in France, from all different parts of the
country.  My dearest lifelong friend
Denise lives not far from Montrouge, the Parisian suburb where a terrorist shot
and k...

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