A native of Spain’s Basque country, Nere Lete has taught Basque and Spanish at Boise State University since 1993. She holds an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa with a thesis entitled "Basque in Translation", and a B.A. in Basque Philology from the University of Deusto in Spain. In addition to teaching, Ms. Lete has served as an interpreter for Basque government representatives and as a freelance translator assisting Basque organizations in Boise, including the Oinkari Basque Dancers, Jaialdi organizers, the Basque Museum and Cultural Center, and the Biotzetik Basque Choir. She was instrumental in securing ongoing funding from the Basque government to create the first Ikastola, Basque Language Preschool in the United States, here in Boise, Idaho.
Basque Studies: Commerce, Heritage, and a Language Less Commonly Taught, but Whole-Heartedly Celebrated (with Nina M. Ray), Global Business Languages (2007)
Books and Translations
Nere Lete, Trans. Silences by Jokin Muñoz and Politics Today by Eider Rodriguez in 'Our Wars: Short Fiction on Basque Conflicts' (2012)
Lete, Nere, Trans. “Ezagutu zenuen…” by Xabier Lete “You Also Encountered…” in Inventory 2: Journal of Literary Translation (2011)
"Two Letters All at Once" and "When a Snake Stares at a Bird"
With over 25,000 English entries and their Basque equivalents in six major dialects, this volume...
Teaching Grammar through Culture: The Perfect Tandem, 16th Annual Meeting of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (2013)
Learning about the idiosyncrasies of the target language's culture is a fundamental aspect of language...
Translation: An Open Window to the World, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Idaho (2013)
Bilingual Reading: Lete, Nere. Trans. “Silences” by Jokin Muñoz. Our Wars: Short Fiction on Basque Conflicts, ALTA (American Literary Translators Association) Conference (2012)
Bilingual Reading: Lete, Nere. Trans. Two Basque Stories by Bernardo Atxaga “Two Letters All at Once” and “When a Snake Stares at a Bird”, ALTA (American Literary Translators Association) Conference (2011)