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2019/01/10

被採訪 being interviewed



 
沒想到翻譯了一本手做貓書後,會有記者來採訪(當然是為了推書),還拍了實做影片和照片。週一那天拍了大約三小時才完成兩個手做貓物的示範。拍完後報社要我面對鏡頭簡單介紹自己和作品,內容大約如下:大家好,我是謝凱特,最近我翻譯了一本書叫做「貓奴製造」,內容是教大家如何用紙箱做貓玩具,今天要示範的是「樹年輪磨爪墊」。
 
It had never occurred to me that one day I would be interviewed. A newspaper sent two reporters to interview me to promote a book I have translated. They shot some video clips and photos to demonstrate how to make cat toys out of cardboard. After that I had to face the camera to introduce myself. My brief introduction is as following: Hi, everyone. I’m Kate Hsieh. Recently I have translated a book teaching people how to make cat toys out of cardboard. Today I’m going to show you how to make a Round Scratching Pad.
 
短短幾個字錄到第四次才搞定,因為我把「樹年輪磨爪墊」說成「樹年輪貓抓板」,而且還連續說錯三次,後來是記者把字寫在白板上給我邊看邊念才終於說對。
 
My introduction was very brief, but I made a same mistake three times. Can you believe it!
 
報社說二月份影片才會出來,不知道內容會如何呈現。很久以前有陪著外國老闆接受電視台訪問的經驗,因為女記者不會說英文,老闆要我去坐在他旁邊做翻譯,結果影片拍出來不但完全看不到我的存在,而且呈現的方式一點也看不出來女記者不會英文,好有趣。
 
I was told the video will be ready in February. Very curious how the short film will be presented. The interview reminded me a TV interview I participated in a long time ago. Many years ago my then foreign boss wanted me to sit beside him translating for him because the reporter did not speak any English. When the interview video was done, it was very funny that not only I was not in the film but also you couldn’t tell that the reporter did not speak any English at all.
 
外國老闆有秘書,英文當然也不錯,但我比較好一點。她是中文系,我是英文系,英文比她好是應該的。這種事照理說老闆應該要找自己的秘書上陣,結果他偏要找我。我能拒絕老闆嗎?結果是他的秘書超討厭我,討厭到在私下弄我的地步,而且我還被弄了很久才發現,看我多遲鈍。
My foreign boss had his own secretary, whose English ability was not bad. But she majored in Chinese, I majored in English, certainly my English was better than hers. Based on the office practice, my boss should have asked his own secretary to do the translation for him. Instead, he asked me to do it. Well. Can you say no to your boss? The result was that his secretary disliked me to a degree that she started to manipulate my coworkers to hate me. I only realized it years later. See how slow I was.
 
原來英文好是會被討厭的。週三晚上(也有可能是週二)要開一個讀英文小說的新班,有沒有人要來把英文練好然後被同事討厭呢?XD(好不容易收到小貓兩枚有意願來上課,這下子會不會大家全部跑光光啊?)一個月學費才2600而已,有興趣的人請留言,我會與你聯絡,測一下程度。
 
It turns out that people might hate you if your English is good. I’m going to start a new class on Wednesday evening (or Tuesday) to read English fictions only. Are you interested in joining us to make your English better and then people might hate you? Please PM me.


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