Training > Workshops


One of the objectives of Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru is to ensure opportunities for its members and other translators to improve, enhance and develop their skills and knowledge. We, therefore, organise workshops which are relevant to the needs of translators and interpreters at every level of their careers. These workshops are held in different locations throughout Wales in order to make them convenient for translators and interpreters wherever they work and live to attend. This provision is considered to be a very important service that is universally valued.

We also organize the translation e-workshop, which is a form of training which takes place via e-mail only.

Our current workshops are listed below, as are an information leaflet and a registration form for each one. Both documents - normally available in Welsh only - include information about how to register and pay for a place in a workshop.

Workshops will be held through the medium of Welsh unless otherwise stated.

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Craffu a Datrys

Tutor: Menna Wyn

This day long workshop will be suitable for translators at every level of their careers. Those wanting the opportunity to consider the basic principles of a successful translation will benefit from attending.

The purpose of the workshop is to improve the standard of scrutiny when translating, and when editing the first draft, and to raise awareness of what we should be aware of during the process, such as the challenge of getting the exact syntax which conveys the meaning of the original text.

Topics covered in the workshop include:

- understanding the meaning and construction of the original text

- an awareness of the context and how the audience will read the translation

- considering the syntax of the original text and forseeing difficulties

- considering the best way to convey the original meaning in Welsh, by concentrating on specific elements in order to eliminate ambiguity, and mistakes

The workshop will include contributions by the tutor as well as practical work undertaken in pairs/groups.

The workshop will be held at:

Yr Hen Lyfrgell, Cardiff, 29-30 January 2019

Galeri, Caernarfon, 12 February 2019

Medrus, Aberystwyth University, 19 February 2019

Fee – members: £90
Fee – non-members: £105

The Interpreting Practice Session, into English and into Welsh

The Interpreting Practice Session is offered in both directions, into English and into Welsh.

The purpose of the Interpreting Practice Session is to provide you with an opportunity to interpret two pieces of a similar length and standard as in the relevant Interpreting Test and to receive comments on your interpreting by a tutor who is an experienced interpreter and one of the assessors of the association’s Interpreting Test. Judging by the feedback from many of those who have undertaken the Interpreting Practice Session, listening to yourself interpreting and discussing your work are valuable and important aspects of the training.

Having undertaken the Interpreting Practice Session: - you will have a better idea about the location, the surroundings and the demands of the association’s Interpreting Test, which is different to the normal conditions when interpreting. - you will have had an opportunity to discuss your interpreting with an independent and experienced professional, something many interpreters do not have the opportunity to do. - you will have a better understanding of your strengths and weaknesses as an interpreter, and will have been given guidance to those aspects of the craft that you can improve.

Although you do not have to undertake the Interpreting Practice Session before taking the Interpreting Test, we would encourage interpreters to take advantage of this opportunity, especially as the conditions of the Interpreting Test are different to those of a normal interpreting assignment.

The Interpreting Practice Session will be held on Thursday, 24 January 2019, at:

- Stiwdio Aran, Y Groeslon (near Caernarfon)

- CTV Sound Studio, Cardiff

The closing date for registration will be Thursday, 17 January 2019, before 1pm.

Fee – members: £80
Fee – non-members: £90