As a university student doing a Modern Languages degree, and after my third year abroad in Spain, the looming prospect of the rest of my life that has been creeping up behind me is starting to hit home.
As a second year undergraduate at Cambridge studying modern languages, and hoping to focus on translation when I finish my degree, I thought it was time to start investigating what the translation industry might look like from the inside.
When Britain seized power of one fifth of the world’s land in the 18th century, they also anglicised and heavily influenced their cultures. As well as shaping the politics, law, education and languages of the Empire, they also destroyed fundamental parts of their national identities. Many people consider their influence in India, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong a form of mass cultural genocide.