Chris Thompson

Location: Rotherham, Yorkshire
About my talk...

Trading as ThompsonText, I’m a self-employed translator, also doing multilingual desktop publishing. Based in S Yorkshire, but originally from deepest Kent, I’ve worked in a number of language-based jobs, including reading foreign newspapers for business intelligence, localising database products for export markets, and as a project manager in a translation agency. It was a “how hard can it be?” conversation in that agency that sparked my exploration of the world’s writing systems. The answer was “quite tricky” by the way.

About my talk...

Computer-based presentation (PDF file). Screen required. If you have your own computer and projector, that would save me bringing mine.


Fee: £50 + travel expenses if more than ten miles from my home town.

Will travel up to about 2 hours from S Yorkshire, so parts of Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire are all possible. Can potentially do daytimes as well as evenings.

My Contact Details:

07984 094613

How Many Letters in the Alphabet?

A tour of the world in writing systems. The talk lasts for 1 hour to 1h30.

A look at the main writing systems of the world, in a grand tour starting in the UK and finishing who knows where – the final frontier? Includes a quick quiz, “Name that Language”.

I’m open to suggestions for other language/translation-related subjects. I’ve given talks on “Desktop Publishing for Translators” to the translation students at Leeds University, and “How I Learned to Love Unicode” to the Yorkshire Translators & Interpreters.

Chris Thompson Contact Details:

07984 094613

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