‘I’ve been serving many NGOs’

Ammar Alhosain is an Arabic translator based in the beautiful city of Gothenburg, Sweden.

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

I saw The Rosetta Foundation’s posting on a translation community website a year ago; the advertisement was looking for translators and proofreaders. I got interested and thought I should contact the foundation, so I did.

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

People who help those in need always inspire me. Through The Rosetta Foundation, I have been serving a number of non-governmental organizations who take care of refugees and address issues to do with public health, social justice, community development and trauma healing, among others.

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

Currently, I am living in the beautiful city of Gothenburg, Sweden. I am pursuing higher education at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg. I translate materials from English to Arabic and vice versa.

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

I read the text first to fully understand the content and tone before I start translating. I use a handful of online dictionaries to aid me in this regard, and I utilize a bunch of translation community websites and blogs as well. The United Nations Terminology Database (UNTERM) is very helpful indeed.

Q. What gets you most excited about a translation?

Translation is an art whereby meanings are conveyed from one language to another. It is a way to convey our culture to others; a way to learn about new things in life.

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

Reading of course! It opens doors to new worlds.

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

Keep in touch with them; remind them how important it is to be involved in a cause and feel responsible towards the community; give them incentives and rewards; shower them with appreciation; send them to conferences, training courses and workshops; help them gain experience, discover their potential and explore careers…

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