Pretty in French: Molly Ringwald as a Literary Translator

Many recognize Molly Ringwald from those blockbuster hits directed by one of Chicagoland’s most beloved directors, John Hughes: Sixteen Candles (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985), and Pretty in Pink (1986), to name a few. But who knew she had a taste for translation?

Ringwald’s infatuation with the French language began when she moved to Paris in the mid 80s to escape the public eye. The famed actress has since split a great deal of time between France and the United States, taking hours upon hours of French lessons and blooming into a full-fledged Francophile. Ringwald’s love of French has perhaps culminated in her recently published debut translation.

Philippe Besson’s Arrête avec tes mensonges, rendered into English as Lie With Me, is a bestseller in France, having won the nation’s coveted Maison de la Presse literary prize. The 2017 novel depicts the memory of a passionate, hidden romance between two teenage boys which ripples throughout the narrator’s adult life. Ringwald’s English translation was published on April 30, 2019.

While the turn from actress to translator might come as a surprise, the two vocations have much in common. Like acting, the translation process calls forth the same creative energies needed to bridge voice and audience, performer and spectator. In translating a work of literature from one language to another, the translator brings a script to life in front of a fresh set of eyes, taking on the voice of another while adding their own personal flair. Perhaps Ringwald’s translation will call attention to a behind-the-scenes profession which seldom enters the spotlight.

Linguist Spotlight: Getting to Know Rema and Takafumi

July 22, 2020

At Multilingual Connections, we work with hundreds of talented linguists across the globe who are experts at translation, transcription, subtitling, and more. How do we pair each project with the best linguist for the job? We take into consideration their native language, region, and area(s) of expertise to achieve the highest quality of linguistic accuracy …

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Leading a Successful Global Team

June 29, 2020

This month we would like to introduce Mariela, a Team Lead at Multilingual Connections. Mariela joined our team as a Transcription Project Manager with many years of experience in multimedia and translation under her belt. And over the last six years, she has worked on hundreds of creative projects and has contributed immensely to our …

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Black Lives Matter: Amplifying Global Voices

June 12, 2020

Multilingual Connections is committed to being an inclusive environment and helping global voices be heard. We stand in solidarity with the Black community against systemic racism, oppression and police brutality, and we are committed to amplifying the voices of those who have long been unheard and working to affect positive change in our country and …

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“Translation is a Combination of Variety, Novelty, and Challenge”

June 2, 2020

At Multilingual Connections, we work with hundreds of talented linguists across the globe who are experts at translation, transcription, subtitling, and more. How do we pair each project with the best linguist for the job? We take into consideration their native language, region, and area(s) of expertise to achieve the highest quality of linguistic accuracy …

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How to Record Virtual Calls for Transcription

May 21, 2020

As a result of the pandemic, many companies have moved their employees from office workspaces to working from home indefinitely. So, instead of hopping into a company conference room for a department meeting or a manager’s office for a one-on-one check-in, team members are now going virtual with their meetings and other workplace needs.

Building Language Quality at Multilingual Connections

May 11, 2020

At Multilingual Connections, all of our team members bring their perspective and experience to the process  – both professionally and personally. This month we would like to introduce Osvaldo de la Torre, a Language Quality Manager at Multilingual Connections. Osvaldo joined our team as a Spanish editor and has worked on hundreds of projects over …

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Becoming a Translator: More Freedom and Opportunity

May 6, 2020

Multilingual Connections works with hundreds of talented linguists across the globe who are experts at translation, transcription, subtitling, and more. To reward the linguists who go above and beyond, we recognize one “Linguist of the Month” based on their exceptional quality, reliability, and their general amazingness. 

Engaging Our Global Team Part 2: COVID Connections

April 30, 2020

With half our team based in the Chicago area and half global, engaging our remote team has always been top of mind. In late December of last year, we shared a blog about our white elephant gift exchange across eight countries as an example of how we’re working to keep everyone engaged, connected and having …

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Anti-Tips for Working from Home

April 15, 2020

Recently, tons of organizations have been sharing tips for working from home. But, as our team members know, even when we try our hardest to follow even the best advice, we’re still prone to making mistakes along the way. That’s why we put together a list of the best anti-tips for being productive while working …

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Elizabeth Dumitrescu: Leading Your Team Remotely

April 6, 2020

At Multilingual Connections, each team member brings their unique perspective and experience to the table  – both professionally and personally. This month we would like to introduce Elizabeth Dumitrescu, a Team Lead at Multilingual Connections. Liz joined the MLC team as a project manager and has worked on hundreds of accounts over the last 5 …

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