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Ludy Chakhto

A long voyage attracts media attention

Interpreting is about more than spoken language, says AUT alumna Ludy Chakhto who now works as an interpreter at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre. Her story has recently been the subject of an article in the New Zealand Herald.

Ludy, who came to New Zealand as a refugee from Syria, was planning to do a master’s in translation when civil war erupted. With her parents, she was forced to flee the country and was accepted into New Zealand. Shortly after arriving, Ludy enroled in AUT’s Graduate Diploma in Art - Interpreting.

Ludy is now making a difference in the lives of new refugees, applying her skills through her role as an interpreter at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre. Read more about Ludy's story.

The study of language, society and culture is at the core of the broad spectrum of knowledge known as the humanities. AUT's language and culture programmes focus on language in its widest sense — creative writing, English and its relationship with new media, translation and interpreting, international studies and the importance of intercultural competencies, discourse analysis and language teaching.

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