Podcast 181 — Lost in translation

For many organisations, the workplace is no longer local. Technology has helped create a global talent market, where the primary job requirements are a computer and a stable internet connection.

Written by Ross Dickie
Published 11 February 2020
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Podcast 181 — Lost in translation

There are obvious benefits to this, but what does it mean for L&D? How do you deliver a consistent experience to a multilingual, multicultural workforce, spread across different regions?

This week on the Good Practice Podcast, Ross Dickie and Gemma Towersey are joined by Emily Decker from Comtec Translations to discuss: 

In this episode we discuss: 

  • The specific challenges of translating e-learning content
  • The benefits of working with a translation agency
  • When and when not to use machine translation
Emily Decker

Emily Decker

Account Manager, Comtec

Francophile Emily has been with Comtec since 2017. She has a BA in Modern Languages as well as an MA in Translation Studies, and spent her gap year in Brittany eating crepes!

Working with some of Comtec’s key clients across various sectors including eLearning, automotive and creative, Emily is Comtec’s go-to person for a multilingual, multi-service project due to her excellent organisation skills. As well as speaking 3 different languages (French, Spanish and Portuguese), Emily also helps us to pronounce the trickiest of Welsh words, having grown up in Wales.

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Ross Dickie

Ross Dickie

Learning Experience Designer, Emerald Works

Ross has been working in L&D since 2015 and is a key member of the instructional design team at Emerald Works. Most of his time is dedicated to writing articles, scoping infographics and contributing to video projects.
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Gemma Towersey

Gemma Towersey

Learning Experience Manager, Emerald Works

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Ross Dickie

Ross Dickie

Learning Experience Designer
Ross has been working in L&D since 2015 and is a key member of the instructional design team at Emerald Works. Most of his time is dedicated to writing articles, scoping infographics and contributing to video projects.

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