Sunday, April 4, 2010

This blog will be a place to find out about new publications in the fields of translation and interpreting, and other related news. I hope that the books discussed will generate comments, positive and negative, that will benefit the community.

I am the owner of InTrans Book Service, Inc., a company that caters to the professional translator and interpreter. As such, I travel to many conferences and seminars where I display a selection of the books that I carry. Without fail there will be a customer who picks a book off the shelf and starts raving about its quality or points out its shortcomings. I would like to highlight those books recommended by peers. Feel free to add a like or a dislike. Your colleagues may benefit.

Since we all work with language, I thought it appropriate to start with two books on the English Language. First is a little book called Anguished English by Richard Lederer. This 177 page book is full of "accidental assaults upon our language" and hilarious grammatical blunders, errors one wants to avoid. In order to prevent them you may want to also take a look at the second book, William Zinsser's On Writing Well, a little gem that offers the reader all the fundamental principles of the English language needed to become a better writer.

Both books are available from InTrans Book Service but can also be found at any good, preferably independent, bookstore. Support your local bookstore, it may not be able to give you a discount, but you will surely find superior advice and excellent customer service.

1 comment:

  1. Freek, good to see you here. You should add a link to your blog on your book website.