Jim Davis

Jim Davis

James L. Davis is Professor and Director of the Technical Japanese Program in the Department of Engineering Professional Development at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A licensed Professional Engineer, he has worked as a chemical engineer in industry, has conducted research as a Fulbright Graduate Fellow at Kyoto University, and has been teaching technical Japanese at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1990. Davis is ATA-certified in Japanese-into-English translation. He previously served as Administrator of the Japanese Language Division of the ATA and as a grader in the J-into-E portion of the ATA certification program. He currently serves as a judge for the J-into-E portion of the JAT Contest for New and Aspiring Translators.

Sessions

Shades of Meaning: Subtle Distinctions in Japanese-into-English Translation

Japanese is a language that lends itself to shades of meaning and ambiguity. English is a language that demands clarity and precision. Consequently, Japanese-into-English translators often struggle with subtle distinctions between alternative meanings for words and phrases that...

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Hands-on translation workshop

Hands-on translation workshop using source texts from the 13th Annual JAT Contest for New and Aspiring Japanese/English Translators

In this hands-on workshop, we will examine both Japanese-to-English and English-to-Japanese source texts, and the facilitators will challenge...

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