Translators' Workshop in Berlin

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Berlin, 3 November 2018

Including our speakers, a group of 30 translators gathered in the conference room of the Sorat Ambassador Hotel on 3 November for the German Society’s annual Translators’ Workshop. A major reason for the popularity of this regular event is that it is an opportunity to see what other translators in different fields are doing and pick up useful tips and insights for one’s own work.

The first speaker, Richard Delaney, barrister and translator, was slated to give a talk on “a legal topic”. This time he had chosen to speak, in his inimitable and lively style, on the topic of certification and certifying legal translations. In Germany, with its Federal style of government in which 16 states have (near)-autonomy over a variety of issues, one issue is that there is no agreement about what constitutes a “sworn” translator or a “certified” translator. Are they even the same thing? The individual translator is certified by a local German court, receives an official designation plus official stamp and can henceforth produce translations acceptable in his/her “bundesland” or state. Whether courts in another state will agree to recognize the work is by no means assured, although the “sworn” status is theoretically valid in all states. In the UK and other countries, however, only the translation itself is certified as complete and accurate.

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CIOL's German Society will be holding its annual Translators’ Workshop in Berlin on Saturday 3 November 2018.

If you would like to participate, please email Jadwiga at

Your participation will be confirmed once you have transferred the non-refundable registration fee (see below for details) by Sunday 1 October 2018.


09:00        Registration and collection of attendance certificates
10:00        Workshop begins

Speakers and subjects

Janet and Michael Berridge – The Key to Music Translation
Dörthe Busch –  Die Übersetzung von Untertiteln
Richard Delaney – Legal topic
A fourth speaker to be confirmed


€56 for CIOL/GS/BDÜ members
€66 for non-members

Overnight accommodation

The German Society has reserved a number of rooms at the SORAT Ambassador Hotel for delegates who wish to stay in Berlin for up to two nights (Friday 2 and Saturday 3 November). You can extend your stay if you wish but please note, you will be charged Berlin city tax at a rate of 5% if your stay is not for business purposes.

The rate (including breakfast) is €74.00 for a single room; there is a €23 supplement for a double room. You can upgrade to a 'Komfort-Zimmer' (which includes a selection of free drinks) for just €15.00.

Delegates should contact the hotel directly on +49 (0) 30 / 21 90 20, or by email: to make a reservation.

To book one of the rooms the German Society is holding, at the rates quoted above, please ensure you quote the following reference “CIOL Tagung 02.-04.11.2018“.

The rooms will be held until Thursday 4 October 2018 after which time they will be released so please book early to avoid disappointment. You can cancel your hotel room free of charge up to two days before your scheduled arrival.  Cancellations have to be made in writing. Late cancellations, or failing to cancel in writing will result in a charge of 90% of the room price.

Alternative accommodation

Other hotels to suit all budgets are available in the surrounding area:
ibis Hotel Berlin Kurfürstendamm - at Bayreuther Strasse 39
ibis budget Hotel Berlin Kurfürstendamm - at Bayreuther Strasse 41
Sylter Hof in Kurfürstenstr

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For further information or if you have any questions, please contact


November 3rd, 2018 9:00 AM   to   4:00 PM
B645, WC1X 8BG
United Kingdom
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Category German Language Society
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