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Becoming A Freelancer In France
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Nathalie Warner  Identity Verified
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Jan 4, 2006

Hi

Out of curiosity, is it required that an individual has a degree to become a professional freelance translator in France?


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Elena Pavan  Identity Verified
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Not for the administration Jan 4, 2006

Hi!
The administration will not ask you any particular degree to get established as a professional translator.
But as for the (future) customers, it might be different.
I personally know an agency who rater looks at your life experiences, rather than at your preparation, but I must confess that their translations are often quite bad and proofreading is a hard job.
Then it depends on the customer, on your preparation, your experience, your skills...
Good luck!


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Nathalie Warner  Identity Verified
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Clarification and a related question Jan 4, 2006

Thanks

Just for the record I have an MA, but I was asking on behalf of my husband who has good language skills but no degree and he has expressed an interest in possibly translating the opposite way to me (Fr -> En), therefore we would complement each other.

Does anyone have any experience of marketing themselves as a pair, where two people work in the same language pairs but in both directions?


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Barnaby Capel-Dunn  Identity Verified
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The short answer to your question... Jan 4, 2006

... is no. And you can't get much shorter than that!

Best

Barnaby


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Nathalie Warner  Identity Verified
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Ok but ... Jan 4, 2006

No you don't have any experience or no because it's a bad idea?

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Angela Arnone  Identity Verified
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No, you don't need a degree Jan 4, 2006

I think is what Barnaby meant.... you don't need one in Italy and I'm presuming that is generalised n the EU.
Angela


Nathalie Warner wrote:

No you don't have any experience or no because it's a bad idea?


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Nathalie Warner  Identity Verified
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Ahaa Jan 4, 2006

Ahh of course!

I assumed he was commenting on the second question.

Thanks for pointing the obvious out to me.


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