"I spent a portion of my early career in the military, where I was trained in several languages yet it seemed that I didn't make use of those skills like was planned for me. Now that I am out and making my living in the civilian world again, it has been suggested to me by quite a few people that I put these skills to use in offering some translation and interpretation services. While it sounded like a good idea, I wasn't really sure how to get started. I have picked up a few books on this subject and can say that Marcia Pinheiro's "Translation and Interpretation" is the best I have found yet. Written by someone who has over twenty years in the business of working as a professional translator/interpreter, this has turned into my go-to guide for launching a new career in this field. The fact that Pinheiro is also a professional teacher is probably one of the reasons that she has been able to convey her ideas so clearly in this book. The books describes precisely what these types of services entail, how automated programs are affecting the industry, some really great tips and tricks, and some helpful hints about cultural differences. I found this to be such an educational and thorough guide on this subject that definitely covered a lot of bases. The author cited a lot of sources in her writing, which gave me some additional places to look for information and there were some great tables and illustrations that helped relate some key concepts. As I launch my new endeavors in translation and interpretation, I feel much better armed with the knowledge from this well-written resource - one that I know I will be referring back to over and over."