‘I feel extremely lucky’

“We spend way too much time not looking – I mean really looking – around us”, says volunteer Anojaa Karunananthan. “There is so much to do.” She is now one of the most active translators on Trommons.

Q. How did you find out about The Rosetta Foundation? 

By searching on the net. I was looking for ways to volunteer online and I realized this could be just perfect for me.

Q. What inspired you to get involved as a volunteer?

Since I was young, I have always done this or that on and off as a volunteer. I have always been amazed by the sheer generosity of people helping others. And I keep on doing this to this day because I feel extremely lucky. I feel it would be unfair if I did not share my smile with others and do whatever I can to help.

Q. Where do you live? What language/s do you work with?

I live in Singapore but I am French of Sri Lankan origin. So you can see that I have lived with multiple languages from an early age. I work mainly with French, English, Spanish and Italian. My mother tongue is Tamil.

Q. How do you like to approach a translation task?

I always try to first figure out the style and the overall meaning of the text I have to translate to put me in the right frame of mind. A statute will not require the same approach as an article, etc. Then, I take the plunge. After the first draft, I come back multiple times to make sure nothing was left out, that it reads well, etc.

Q. What gets you most excited about a translation?

Learning. Sometimes I have to do some research on the net to make sure that I get the meaning and background right and I always end up learning something. Each new translation is a gift box that I cannot wait to open.

Q. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not translating?

I read a lot, which I suppose is part of being a translator. I read fiction, history books, essays. Anything really, even the writing on a cornflakes box! Otherwise, I love all kinds of music and to watch movies/series/anime. I am an avid cross-stitcher and a keen baker. I also enjoy walking and eating with friends.

Q. What do you believe is the best way to motivate others to get involved in volunteering?

Just look up and around you. In my opinion, we spend way too much time not looking – I mean really looking – around us. There is so much to do, but if we could all do a little bit, so much could be done. I have time now so I try to do as much as I can. While in the future I will be busier with other stuff, I will still try to do a bit. That’s all part of being a human being living with other human beings and wanting to reach out.


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