Troublesome Terps

Troublesome Terps is a roundtable-style podcast covering topics from interpreting space and the wider world of languages. The hosts - Jonathan Downie, Alexander Gansmeier & Alexander Drechsel - discuss them amongst themselves or with high-profile guests from the industry.

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 1h2m. Bisher sind 41 Folge(n) erschienen.


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Episode 41: Live in Geneva: 100 Years of Conference Interpreting

Just in time for the big 100th anniversary since conference interpreters were first truly needed after the League of Nations had been founded in the wake of 1919's signing of the Treaty of Versailles, the University of Geneva hosted a big, international extravaganza commemorating and celebrating the past, present and future of conference interpreting. The Troublesome Terps were honored to be invited to host the closing town hall discussion of the conference on "The Future of Interpreting"...



Episode 40: Consecutives Anonymous with Andrew Belisle

With Jonathan travelling to far-away lands, the two Alexanders get their tablet nerd on and chat with Andrew Belisle. He tells us how he got into interpreting, and we dive really deep into the how's and why's of consecutive interpreting. Plus, we discuss tablet interpreting.


 2019-09-19  1h21m

Episode 39: Interpreter Training with Andy Gillies

While Alex G is on assignment, Jonathan and Alex D sit down with renowned interpreter trainer and book author Andy Gillies to discuss his career in the profession, the ins and outs of how to train interpreters, and the books he has translated and written.


 2019-08-22  1h25m

Episode 38: Interpreting for the EU

Interpreting for the large political institutions of this world is quite separate from working on the freelance market. This is why in this episode, the Troublesome Terps take an extra close look at how working for the European Union really is. From the requirements, the scheduling, the different topics (and the lack of invoicing!), this is an episode stuffed to the brim with know how, insights and nuggets covering everything you ever wanted to know about being an interpreter at the EU.


 2019-07-18  1h33m

Episode 37: English as Lingua Franca, with Karin Reithofer

Everybody can English - or: a story of ELFs and BSE! English is generally recognized as the number one language around the world, both in the world of business as well as for general communication purposes...


 2019-06-20  1h13m

Episode 36: Interpreting - This is a Woman's World

While the Troublesome Terps have covered gender in interpreting before already, it is a topic that will never not be relevant. For this reason, Sarah Hickey - conference interpreter and professional researcher at Nimdzi Insights - is joining us this episode to discuss the ‘feminisation’ of conference interpreting from female interpreters' perspectives. An interesting, well researched and entertaining look into the gender dynamics of the profession!


 2019-05-22  1h12m

Episode 35: Talking business with Florian Faes of

Sometimes it feels like language professionals forget that they are just that - professionals with a business "attached" to them. While being a wordsmith or having "a way with words" is perfectly fine, the economic elements must not be forgotten. Enter Florian Faes, co-founder and managing director of, the language industries biggest (and only?) business focused one-stop-news-shop...


 2019-04-17  1h12m

Episode 34: The Crystal Ball of Interpreting

In this "back to the roots" episode of the Troublesome Terps, Jonathan and the Alexes take a look in their crystal ball and have a discussion about what the future of the interpreting market could look like, that might be considered controversial...


 2019-03-20  56m

Episode 33: Exchanging thoughts with Corinne McKay and Eve Bodeux

Interpreting and translation are two sides to the same coin - or so they say...


 2019-02-20  1h21m

Episode 32: Our year 2018 in review

2018 was truly another blockbuster year for the Troublesome Terps. Not only did was our first - and certainly not last - live event in London a bonafide hit (thanks to all the supporters and attendees!), as always we covered a wide range of different and super interesting topics this year...


 2019-01-24  1h21m