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Qualifications required to be a translator???
Thread poster: smbumblebee
Local time: 08:53
German to English
Apr 4, 2008


I would like to introduce myself to this board, which I have been visiting as a guest for some time now.

I am interested to establish my own business as a translator here in Germany (German to English) and would love to know if anybody has any tips on what kind of qualifications would be necessary to do so. I have a B.A. in German and a lot of translation experience during my present job.

Thank you for your help!


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Oleg Delendyk
Local time: 09:53
English to Russian
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Qualifications Apr 5, 2008Übersetzer

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Eleni Makantani
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English to Greek
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Quite a few things Apr 5, 2008

- Love for languages
- Love and acceptance of different cultures
- Natural curiosity - want to "know it all"
- Be acquainted with technology - especially computers
- Be willing to work alone
- Be willing to spend long hours in front of the computer
- Not mind having collaborators who very often are complete strangers
- Confidence that you understand well and that you can make others understand, too
- Knowledge and wit to make your point and to support it
- High organisational skills
- Consistency with the promises you make
- Responsibility as to yourself, your work and to your clients/ collaborators
- Nerve to claim your right (for instance, when your client won't pay you)
- Patience (when work isn't coming)
- Social skills

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