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ENG-4-MBA Week-1 Translation Assignment

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Sample of translation available for your self-study. View HERE.

Note #1. Back to Square One – A New Turning Point
by Anita H. posted her profile on LinkedIN: sg.linkedin.com/pub/anita-hoang/86/b1b/b39/

Hi All LinkedIn connections,

I am invited to start my first blog on LinkedIn and am delighted to do so. Here are some thoughts for the day:

If somebody told me that I am ambitious and career-minded person, I would deny it vehemently because I don’t consider myself as one. But I must admit I am a workaholic. And work does make me happy.

In fact I love to do something that is structured and well organized. So reading a dictionary brings me a lot of joy, because all the words are defined clearly and systematically, one after another, like the piles of clothes in my cupboard, sorted out by color, size, material and meant for what activity.

So at work, I also love to classify, categorize and assemble my documents under topics. I don’t know whether it is my first training as a secretary that gives me that habit or my first job in statistics that kicks off this almost obsession of order, at least on paper. But something is for sure, being trained in Switzerland, where you are required to re-do your whole letter just because of 3 typo-errors do turn you into a fussy spinner old maid.

What is bad with me is that I tend to embrace a lot of fields: history, international relations, psychology, religion, zen, law, sociology, intercultural communication, translation, marketing, socio-media, you-name-it, etc…

Can we call this greed? Certainly, considering the Buddhist definition.

Can we call this being insecure? yes, In a way, considering Nietzsche’s and Hegel’s viewpoints.

Can we consider it healthy? Well, it depends on how you see things.

My husband assures me that I don’t cost much as I don’t do shopping. Hehe.

That is a good point, because it’s true, if you get bored you go shopping and you spend money. Me, I don’t get bored. I have so much to do. Reading tons of dictionaries, for example, “The (English) Penguin Dictionary of International Relations” which took me more than 3 years reading, and still not finishing it yet; then “The Vietnamese Dictionary of Buddhism” which took me some five years since I bought it, and still have not finished even 1/10 of this thick volume; or the “French Lexique des termes juridiques” (French Legal Dictionary) which took me now almost 5 years since I decided to read law and started with the “Glossary for English Legal System” and the “Latin Dictionary of legal terms”…

Well, the list goes on, and since it has so many years I keep doing the same exercise, I have decided to take advantage of the new apps to put my research findings to share them with fellow researchers through some blogs and online publications.

One of them is http://yourvietbooks-references.blogspot.com where I recommend references for MBA management subjects. I am working on a series of bilingual English-Vietnamese glossaries to help students for their preparatory steps to an international MBA course.

Another one is dedicated on my research findings in Research Methodology for my Doctorate thesis at UPEC. I consider this blog as my “desktop” where I note down books, videos, podcasts and other references in the field of philosophy, sociology, economy, politics, in relation to my topic of research.

But my favorite project is still aiming at the promotion and translation of BOOKS ON VIETNAM AND ABOUT VIETNAM, under http://yourvietbooks.com. In this blog, I recommend a series of books by Vietnamese Authors which are already translated into English or French, and now on sale by Amazon.com (not by me!!).

The next step I am working on, is to select books in History, Philosophy or Literature and to have them translated into English and/or French for non-Vietnamese readers.

I have also started the translation of a series of books donated by English-speaking authors wishing to reach out to Vietnamese readers: the first series of them is “Dharma Space” series by Author Dillon Masters, an American Zen Author.

The second project is named after the book “A Story of Vietnam” by Author Truong Buu Lam, a Vietnamese-American Historian Professor. The third project which I started by early 2014 is entitled “English for MBA Management Basics for Vietnamese students” covering the core subjects of most MBA programs.

 

Conclusion:

You see that my leisure time is well occupied. What about yours?

NOTE TO ENG-4-MBA Participants:

In this Forum for Creativity (FORUM-4-CREATIVITY) page, specially created to start a dialogue between participants to this first class, I invite ALL OF YOU to announce your WP Blog under the space dedicated to YOUR contribution, and ON MY SIDE, I will recommend, as we go along, samples of creativity found on FB, and other socio-media platform.

Looking forward to hearing from your stories. Have a nice day.

Anita H.

You may join Anita H. on linkedIN. Click HERE to join. sg.linkedin.com/pub/anita-hoang/86/b1b/b39/

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