I've written a few blog posts about CPD, or Continuing Professional Development (here and here, if you're interested). As a Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, I am expected to keep a regular record of any CPD activities I carry out. As I have mentioned in previous posts, CPD can be any number of things. One activity that constitutes CPD is reading foreign language newspapers, and this is something I am able to do regularly thanks to the good old World Wide Web.
As all freelance translators out there will know, it's pretty much impossible to have any kind of routine to your day. Translation work arrives in ebbs and flows. It's impossible to plan. Don't get me wrong, that's one of the things I love the most about being a freelance translator, that there is no routine to the day. Every day is different. Things definitely do not get boring or monotonous. It keeps me on my toes! Sometimes, however, it's nice to carry out some kind of routine activity, even if in the form of something seemingly small. That's why most mornings you will find me in my office, in front of the computer with a big (ok, huge!) cup of coffee and my breakfast, reading online foreign language newspapers. A bit like this...
It's a way for me to build some kind of routine into my day, and best of all it gets me into the swing of my source languages, ready for a long day of translation. Most importantly, however, it's a form of CPD. And by making it part of my morning routine, I know I'm regularly adding to my list of CPD activities. There are, of course, all kinds of sources of online reading, but here are my favourite online newspapers for each of my source languages:
Which source language online newspapers do you read? Any favourites? Feel free to add links to your favourites in the comments section below. I'd love to hear from you.