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past attendee reviews

Alek Lev has presented workshops across the country for more than 15 years.  Below is a collection of comments from some attendees:

 

BACK TO BASICS: TRANSLATION
(PREVIOUSLY ENTITLED: TRANSLATION: IF WE ONLY HAD THE TIME)

"Good workshop structure, well-rehearsed and timed. It's always a great idea to lead participants through some steps they can use -- who knows, that could be the beginning of a new habit! Thank you for being organized and well-prepared."

:This workshop was great, especially from an interpreting student’s perspective! The most beneficial aspect was filming our translations in the beginning and at the end in order to compare, as well as working in groups to hear other people’s perspectives.”

"Great info! I’ve always worked from a space of semantic accuracy but rarely focused on tonal accuracy and source language intent."

"I love everything Alek does. He is clear and smart and makes even "old" ideas seem fresh. He twisted my brain into knots and then stretched it out again and I clearly needed that."

"Thank you for sharing the beautiful language you’ve acquired throughout the years of your journey. Your specialized and great perspectives are greatly appreciated."

"Brilliant. gave me a new angle to approach my work. clearly signed, clearly ordered! THANK YOU! see you in November. Love the credible and authentic 'voice' or POV."

"Alek is great and is a natural. Please invite him back! Thanks!!"


INTERPRETING IS ACTING. IT JUST SHOULDN’T BE BAD ACTING

“Posture lesson was very helpful. I liked this “acting” model of interpreting. Accessible ways of putting an interpreting model into practice.”

“Thank you for driving home the point about the presenter’s intentions! So needed here =)”

“I will now be very more aware of how I sit and stand during assignments, working with students and life in general. Passing along the information/demonstration to the interpreter in our school district and my mom!! Enjoyed this physical workshop very much.”

“Loved the interacting! Thanks for your love of theater/acting and applying to interpreting—it works.”

“Very clear with tools, its explanation and how to apply our work. Great engagement. Excellent visuals".”


YOU KNOW THAT ENGLISH IS INTERESTING TOO, RIGHT?
(PREVIOUSLY ENTITLED: English: That Other Language)

“Please do this workshop again! I've already done it twice! I would definitely do it again! It's one of my favorites! I always tell my other interpreter friends to take it; that they would get so much out of it. Alek is such a great presenter.”

“This workshop was mind-blowing. It really made me realize how difficult interpreting is. It is not only me who struggles with conveying the message. But now I know why lag time is important. 

“Alek is a fantastic presenter. I have many "aha" moments in his workshops. After his workshops I always come away with so many applicable techniques to improve my interpretation. He is also very funny and engaging. I loved this topic and wish the workshop was longer.”

“Mind blown! This workshop was INCREDIBLE!”

“Wasn’t sure how much my brain could stretch before exploding. Learned it was more than I thought.”

“Revolutionary! Yes!”

“I was very enthralled with the knowledge presented. Ready to “dig into” the English language a little deeper. Thank you!”

“One of the best language workshops I have had in years. I rate this one excellent!! A pleasure!!”


INTERPRET - FEEDBACK - REFLECT - RINSE - REPEAT

“This was the BEST workshop that I’ve ever attended.  It was helpful to receive feedback of course, but even more beneficial to learn exactly how to give good, constructive, and specific feedback as well as the proper ways to receive it.” 

“Definitely put me out of my comfort zone.  I especially like that the person in the “hotseat” could choose their weakness area to receive feedback on. It helped with being in the “coach” position.”

“Even though the activity was nerve-wracking, it was very helpful—not only in front of our peers but also give and receive feedback.  That was very helpful!”

“I will really work on separating beats (after analyzing text/prep time).  I LOVED, loved, loved the group work on Elements feedback.  I will be seeking further readings and videos on this topic.”


PRIMARIES, CAUCUSES, GERRYMANDERING, AND OTHER WORDS I HOPE I DON'T HAVE TO INTERPRET
(PREVIOUSLY ENTITLED: When the Party is Political and the College is Electoral: Interpreting in the Election Season)

“GREAT!! Alek was so competent!! His style and ability was perfection at its finest!! Thank you!!”

“Liked how you were able to take the concepts and put them into an easy to understand chunk.”

“Excellent workshop, extremely informative. Enjoyed group work. Great balance between information and discussion of sign choice. Kept audience attention well.”

“GREAT!! Alek was so competent!! His style and ability was perfection at its finest!! Thank you!!”

“Liked how you were able to take the concepts and put them into an easy to understand chunk.”

“Excellent workshop, extremely informative. Enjoyed group work. Great balance between information and discussion of sign choice. Kept audience attention well.”

 


Let’s Read the ADA… Seriously, Let’s Read It (Workshop)

“It has always been a very boring subject that he made appealing. He was animated so I was more tuned in and learned from it. Believe me, Thank you!!”

“Very informative workshop! Presented clearly (both the slides and the discussion) and very engaging! I feel much more confident in my knowledge about the ADA now.”

“Alek always gives a great workshop! Very informative as well as entertaining. Thanks again!”