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Translation Club is the beating heart of Marco Polo Project, a not-for-profit organisations that inspires new ways of bringing cultures together. Each week, we gather a mixed group of 15-25 English and Chinese speakers to translate a text from Chinese to English, working in small bilingual groups.

The event is designed for people reading Chinese at intermediate to advanced level, but we welcome people at all levels, from NAATI accredited interpreters and translators to beginners who come with an open mind and are ready for a challenge.  We have a core of dedicated language learners who come every week and tackle a different text on a different topic. 

Translation Club is an opportunity to practice both languages and develop translation skills, but the magic of our event lies elsewhere. Our aim is not to complete a translation or produce a perfect result. It is to reflect on aspects of language and culture that form the fabric of everyday life, yet remain generally unnoticed: from details of family life or communication patterns as expressed in a story to common grammatical structures that reveal surprising underlying value systems.

The process of collective translation is intellectually demanding, but there is no pressure to succeed: this is a deeply relaxing experience, and offers a unique opportunity to develop advanced linguistic, cultural, and critical skills while forgetting everyday worries.

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To get a feel for the event see the video below: