LINGUIST OF THE QUARTER

QUARTER 3 2021

MEET KORNELIA

KORNELIA D

HUNGARIAN/GERMAN/ FRENCH TRANSLATOR

Her silk paintings and woven tapestries have been exhibited in art shows and galleries in Europe, in Washington, DC, Baltimore, Richmond, San Francisco and elsewhere. 

One of her tapestries shown below (on the right), entitled “The Future is the Past,” as explained by Kornelia, depicts a traveler in the central diamond of the tapestry who represents our distant ancestors as well as our descendants yet to come with whom we share the stories that make us who we are—in the here and now. 

For the past two decades, Kornelia has woven words in her work as a professional Hungarian, German and French translator. Kornelia is certified by the American Translators Association (ATA) in both directions between English and her native Hungarian. She has also served on the Dictionary Review Committee of the ATA. Kornelia has translated documents from a wide variety of genres, including fiction and nonfiction, poetry, folk tales, movie scripts, historical documents, all manner of medical, technical and legal texts, and even memoirs and love letters. She has worked for prestigious clients like National Geographic. 

Kornelia believes that translation work is critical to bridging cultures and providing clarity that connects individuals and communities across the globe. For Kornelia, the work of translation is sacred—a unification of form and function, telling the truth to facilitate a real meeting of minds open to each other so that we can cohabit our precious planet and meet the moment that is upon us. 

When not working on translations or artistic endeavors, one may find Kornelia curled up with a good book at her home on the Big Island in Hawaii. She is an avid reader of prose and poetry. Kornelia loves science fiction, and her favorite books include Joan Vinge’s Snow Queen trilogy and Canopus in Argos by Doris Lessing. She also enjoys the enchanting words of William Shakespeare, Gary Snyder and Gabriel Garcia Márquez, among others, and all folk tales and creations myths of the world, from the Finnish Kalevala, to The Kumulipo of Hawaii.