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September 30 is International Translation Day, celebrated annually on the feast of St. Jerome, the patron saint of translators.

1. We’ll need translators in order to communicate when aliens touch down: Three Translators Respond to “Arrival”



2. Sometimes the language of love isn’t your native tongue—but you can still find love in other languages: Love in Translation


3. Like “squeezing a jellyfish,” massaging language and grasping at slippery meanings is not for the faint of heart: 36 Metaphors for Translation



4. We wouldn’t think to call a wine “as smooth as a baby Jesus in velvet knickerbockers” without a little help from the French: Eleven of the World’s Quirkiest Phrases


5. Translators are so gorgeous, some people commission their portraits: Introducing Culture Trip’s 20 Translators Under 40



6. The gaps between languages always leave something to the imagination: This Instagram Artist is Illustrating Untranslatable Words and the Result Will Make You Feel Ambedo


7. No matter how good machine translation gets, human ingenuity prevails: Humans Triumph Over Machines in Translation Competition


8. With subtitles, TV becomes an immersion in different cultures. Couch potato? More like cosmopolitan: Translating the World’s Best Television: An Interview with Walter Iuzzolino



9. Translation fosters creativity and collaboration at any age: Visiting the Real America, Where Seven-Year-Olds Translate Don Quixote


10. Translators have superpowers! How else could anyone publish eight books in two years?: The Making of a Tireless Literary Translator


11. New translations keep classics accessible and fresh—and sometimes greet the birth of new languages: “El Little Príncipe”—Translating Saint-Exupéry’s Classic into Spanglish

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