Ukrainian Translator Spotlight: Onyshchenko Olga

I’d like people to know that they can take Coursera courses in their native language so they can learn properly and feel fulfilled in their experience.

Our translator spotlight this week is on Onyshchenko Olga, an Ukrainian Translator and Language Coordinator for the Global Translator Community (GTC).

 Please introduce yourself

Onyshchenko Olga

My name is Onyshchenko Olga and I’m from Dnipro, Ukraine. I’m now working as a Game Analyst. I’ve been a member of the GTC for 2.5 years.


What motivates you to translate for Coursera?

I’d like to make education more accessible for my fellow citizens.


What courses have you helped translate?

Courses I’ve translated include An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python (Part 1)” and “An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python (Part 2)” offered by Rice University, “Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects” offered by University of California San Diego and “Psychological First Aid” offered by Johns Hopkins University. Through translating Coursera courses, I became more organized and learnt things I’ve never even heard about.


What are your best practices for translating?

It’s important not only to read original subtitles but also listen to the lecture because there can be mistakes or misspelling in English subtitles; It’s always better to understand a topic; It’s ok to ask help from other members of your community if you are not sure of the meaning of a text. 


What was a memorable experience in interacting with other GTC translators?

While I was reviewing “Psychological First Aid”, I communicated with another Ukrainian translator who was also working on that course. He told me that he was working at Army Academy and that he was going to advice his cadets to take the course “Psychological First Aid”. At that point I realized how real and important my work was. It was a very touching moment.


What do you want people to know about the work that the GTC does?

I’d like people to know that there is a possibility of taking all those awesome Coursera courses in their native language so they could learn something new and useful.