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Thread poster: Tessa Slingerland
Tessa Slingerland  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:46
English to Dutch
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Sep 29, 2005

I'm new here, and have just started making my profile. But now I'm wondering; should I do it in Dutch (my native language), or should I change it into English, so more people can understand it? Or maybe both?

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Angela Arnone  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:46
Member (2004)
Italian to English
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Both Sep 29, 2005

... but make sure the English is perfect and concise.
Angela

TessaS wrote:

I'm new here, and have just started making my profile. But now I'm wondering; should I do it in Dutch (my native language), or should I change it into English, so more people can understand it? Or maybe both?


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Daniel Bird  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 19:46
German to English
Use both... Sep 29, 2005

...especially in the keywords and areas of specialisation I'd say.
Go on!
DB


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Dina Abdo  Identity Verified
Palestine
Local time: 21:46
Member (2005)
Arabic
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Both or English Sep 29, 2005

I agree with other colleagues that you should be providing both languages. Still, if you're thinking of JUST ONE language, then you better go for English.

Many clients seek translators through profiles even before posting a job. Not all of them can speak the languages they may be seeking, but all of them, for sure; can speak English

Keeping your profile in one lnaguage may cause you the loss of a good opportunity provided by a speaker who doesn't speak Dutch (in this case). A single English version should avoid you that loss. And using both languages should provide your client with an immediate sample of your work as well

So, if you have enough time ... go for both languages. Otherwise, go for English.

And finally, WELCOME TO PROZ


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Daniel Bird  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 19:46
German to English
No need to rush Sep 29, 2005

Dina Abdo wrote:

So, if you have enough time ... go for both languages.


build it up as you find the time - some people must have taken months on theirs, to judge by the quantity of material! Don't forget to use .jpg etc too. They can be very effective.


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GoodWords  Identity Verified
Mexico
Local time: 13:46
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Your clients' language Sep 29, 2005

... because you want your potential clients to be able to read your profile in their own language. No doubt you will attract both Dutch and English-speaking clients, hence your profile should be in both languages, as others have already mentioned.

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