One Saturday morning every month in Paris, area translators and interpreters can be seen making their way – whether by bus, métro or Vélib' – to the Café du Pont-Neuf in the 1st arrondissement. They head up the stairs, claim their croissant and coffee, chat a bit with friends and colleagues, then take their places around two long tables in the specially reserved meeting room and turn their attention to the front, where a speaker prepares to present the month's topic.
These are the popular Café des Traducteurs informal breakfast meetings organized by the Ile-de-France section of the Société Française des Traducteurs (SFT). A French-language presentation (last month translation instructor Nicolas Froeliger gave an overview of "la traductologie contemporaine") provides material for stimulating discussion among participants and with the speaker. Each Café des Traducteurs is also a great opportunity to meet and network with other translators and interpreters and – as one attendee put it – a fun way to get out of the house and away from the computer for once! Participants registering in advance are also entered into a drawing for a chance to win a book.
The coordinators of the Café des Traducteurs warmly encourage translators and interpreters living outside France to attend if their travels should bring them to Paris the last Saturday of the month. Participation is open to anyone interested in translation/interpretation – there's no need to be a member of the SFT, or even a translator for that matter. Just bring €8.50 (in cash) to cover the cost of the breakfast, which includes a hot beverage, orange juice and croissant.
|FLD Administrator Virginia Fox attended during her recent trip to Paris|
To register for an upcoming Café des Traducteurs event or request more information, contact