The Interpreter's Journal - Stories from a Thai and Lao Interpreter

Benjawan Poomsan Becker

Published by Paiboon Publishing, 2011
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Synopsis: Winner of the 2011 Asian Book Publishing Award for Best Book/Best Writer

You will be surprised how much you can learn about Thailand, Thai culture, Thai history, Thai and Lao people in America and Thai-Western relationship from this book.

In her book The Interpreter s Journal, Benjawan reveals the story of her experience as a professional Thai and Lao interpreter, graphically showing how she works in legal settings including courtrooms and jails. Find out what happens when individuals who don t speak the language end up in criminal, civil and family courts. But this story is also a personal one, relating the author s journey from humble beginnings in rural Thailand to become a professional interpreter in the San Francisco Bay area.

The responsibilities and importance of interpreters has increased so dramatically that they are now indispensable to many agencies and institutions such as law enforcement, judicial systems, social services, hospitals, and schools. Gone are the days when everyone around you spoke the same language.

Learn how interpreters work, the challenges they face and how to work with them by following the author s very personal journey starting in the Land of Smiles. See how the influence of her family, Thai culture, Buddhism, meeting foreigners in Thailand, traveling abroad and living in the United States formed the catalyst for the author to master several languages, become a professional interpreter and write numerous books on learning the Thai and Lao languages.

This book is an entertaining and informative read for legal professionals, those who work with interpreters, expats living in Thailand and Laos or anybody who simply enjoys a good read.

About the Author: Benjawan Poomsan Becker was born in Bangkok and spent her childhood in Yasothon, a small province in rural northeast Thailand. Since her family is ethnic Laotian, she grew up speaking both the Thai and Lao languages. She received a B.A. in English from Khon Kaen University in Thailand. While studying for her M.A. degree at Kobe University in Japan, she gained extensive experience teaching the Thai language to foreigners at the Japan-Thailand Trade Association and the Berlitz Language School in Osaka.

In the United States, Benjawan has taught Thai language classes at Stanford University, at a number of Thai temples in the San Francisco Bay Area, and to numerous private students. She has over fifteen years experience as a professional translator and court interpreter in the Thai and Lao languages, and has been a registered Thai and Lao interpreter with the Judicial Council of California since 1995.

Benjawan is also a professional writer and editor. She has written more than twenty books for English speakers learning the Thai and Lao languages. She is a bestselling author in her home country of Thailand and internationally on Amazon.com, being well-known for her books Thai For Beginners and Lao For Beginners, along with dictionaries for these two languages.

Benjawan is regarded as an authority on the languages and social customs of Thailand and her language books are praised as being easy to read, user-friendly, and highly informative. Her latest book, The Interpreter s Journal is the recipient of the 2011 Asian Book Publishing Award for Best Book / Best Writer on Asian Socio-Economic or Media scene.

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