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yolanda Speece  Identity Verified
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Jul 25, 2005

This is for fun but also for business.

Name some common misconceptions and myths about translation and interpreting.

For example, myth #1, a bilingual person can translate.

I want to see how many myths there are out there about our profession.

No myth or misconception is ridiculous. So bring them on, kids!


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cendrine marrouat
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I have better!!!!! Jul 25, 2005

My myth number one is the cliché my mom has been spreading over the years. She was so disgusted I (just) wanted to become a translator that she would say to her friends: "My daughter is not a good translator, she needs a dictionary".
So, to me, misconception number 1 is : A good translator doesn't need a translator to do his/her job.


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Agnieszka Hayward
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further reading :o) Jul 25, 2005

Hi Yolanda

you may want to read this delicious topic: http://www.proz.com/post/222816

Regards,
Agnieszka


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NancyLynn
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Moving this thread Jul 25, 2005

...to the Lighter Side of Translation / Interpretation forum.

Nancy


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Pablo Alvarez  Identity Verified
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Don't get us started... Jul 25, 2005

My personal favourite is "languages/translation is not a real career", with "a real good translator masters dozens of languages" a close second.

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Vladimir Pochinov  Identity Verified
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My absolute favorite Jul 25, 2005

As one of my bosses said several years ago, "This job must not take much time. You are a translator, aren't you? Well, just replace (in my case) English words with Russian ones, and it's done."

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yolanda Speece  Identity Verified
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Translation myth #2 Jul 25, 2005

Machines can translate as well as a person can.

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yolanda Speece  Identity Verified
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Translation myth #3 Jul 25, 2005

Getting someone to translate in-house is cheaper than contracting with a professional translator.

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yolanda Speece  Identity Verified
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Thanks Nancy! Jul 25, 2005

NancyLynn wrote:

Moving this thread
...to the Lighter Side of Translation / Interpretation forum.

Nancy


[Edited at 2005-07-25 22:35]


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NancyLynn
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On the face of it, it sure looks that way Jul 25, 2005

yolanda Speece wrote:
Getting someone to translate in-house is cheaper than contracting with a professional translator.


...but have you seen the questions I've had to post in Kudoz lately in-house translation, what a bargain...

Nancy


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Can Altinbay  Identity Verified
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That depends on the translator. Jul 25, 2005

yolanda Speece wrote:

Machines can translate as well as a person can.




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yolanda Speece  Identity Verified
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Please tell me you are being sarcastic!!!!!!!! LOL Jul 25, 2005

AHHHHH! you slay me!!!!!!


...but have you seen the questions I've had to post in Kudoz lately in-house translation, what a bargain...

Nancy[/quote]


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yolanda Speece  Identity Verified
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A real one or a wannabe translator? Jul 25, 2005

That depends on the translator.

[quote]Can Altinbay wrote:


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yolanda Speece  Identity Verified
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Translation myth #4 Jul 25, 2005

Certification is regulated by the US Federal Government.

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Rosa Maria Duenas Rios  Identity Verified
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Another Jul 26, 2005

If you speak two languages (or three, or four or more), you can translate back and forth into any of them!

[Edited at 2005-07-26 00:53]


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