Yana Maquieira

London Uk, United Kingdom

About Yana

Bio

Translator/Interpreter specialised in law, business, literary, journalism, medical, IT, music and Film.
Volunteer translator for the Big Issue Korea and the Big Issue UK.
MBA in Corporate Finance and Investment.
Mother of two.

Languages

English, Korean, Russian, Spanish

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Yana Maquieira
Posted almost 3 years ago
How do you define "being successful"?
I would like to quote Ralph Waldo Emerson on this. To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
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Yana Maquieira
Posted almost 3 years ago
As a trilingual or bilingual, what role does language play in the creation of your identity? Which language do you think in?
I am a multilingual (English, Spanish, Korean, and Russian) and I think in different languages depending on the subject. Also, I have a bad habit of mixing the languages when I speak to someone who knows those languages. More often than not, I find certain expressions or words in one language that exactly express what I want to say that I cannot find in some others. Learning a language (and mastering it) is not only linguistic experience but also cultural one. It broadens your horizons, expands your world and enriches your life. My little daughters speak three languages fluently and I will definitely encourage them to learn more when they are ready.
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Yana Maquieira
Posted almost 3 years ago
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story
It is so true that the ubiquitous plague of a single story is affecting us everyday and yet most of us do not even recognise its existence. Perhaps it's because It is much easier to categorise others into several groups, label them, dispense our sympathy, donation, condemnation, blame whatever we see appropriate and then move on, than to deal with human complexity. Adichie's talk about this complicated issue is persuasive, engaging, moving and even funny!