With the 2012 Olympic Games just around the corner, London will become a true paradise for translators and interpreters. Yes, the city already hosts Wimbledon annually, which brings a considerable amount of players and fans from all over the world but, this is an entirely different playing field (and we are not talking just about the surface!). For almost three weeks, over 350,000 athletes and tourists speaking more than 300 languages will transform London into a true, modern Babel.
This is where the job of a translator and an interpreter truly shines: they need to help athletes and delegates communicate with each other; write press releases so news reporters can inform their countries about the performance of their respective athletes; usher tourist, athletes and families throughout the entire event into the correct site where a specific event will be held; along with several other tasks. But, even when juggling hectic schedules and feeling slightly overburdened, there will be joy. Sports always bring out the best in people!
Not only will the athletes feel proud about representing their countries but, the translators and interpreters working will too for being the bridge that allows people communicate effectively. These are our unsung champions—the all-around winners in our hearts and we, at JR Language, will be cheering for these behind-the-scene Olympians.