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Poll: From where does the majority of your work come?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "From where does the majority of your work come?".

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William [Bill] Gray  Identity Verified
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Predominance of Europe... Nov 4, 2008

Wow, that was a surprise!! But perhaps it will balance out a little after more people have responded.

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Αlban SHPΑTΑ  Identity Verified
Albania
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English to Albanian
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Good old Europe Nov 4, 2008

Why not? Financially looking good. Population beats US by over 250%, and there are about 230 languages spoken here with an immense need to translate between them (with an emphasis on EU languages).

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Laureana Pavon  Identity Verified
Uruguay
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Europe Nov 4, 2008

Though strangely enough I have many customers in countries where neither English nor Spanish (my source/target languages) are spoken, such as France and Germany.

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Noni Gilbert
Spain
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US pollsters otherwise engaged? Nov 4, 2008

This kind of poll may balance out as other time zones get going with their day, but on the other hand, many of our US colleagues may have important things to do today at the poll booths...

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xxxwonita
China
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Europe Nov 4, 2008

I had no problem to work for clients on other continents if they were ready to pay decent European rates.

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Rebecca Garber  Identity Verified
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German to English
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50/50 split Nov 4, 2008

Europe and North America. So I guess I'm Other for the day.
Happy voting to other US colleagues!


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xxxJon O  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Dutch to English
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Europe Nov 4, 2008

I've never had a job from outside of Europe... or even the EU as far as I remember...

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JaneTranslates  Identity Verified
Puerto Rico
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Spanish to English
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Other--Caribbean Nov 4, 2008

So I'm quibbling. I think I may be in the minority in that 90% of my work is local.

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Nigel Greenwood  Identity Verified
Spain
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Spanish to English
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I voted South America Nov 4, 2008

I have 1 very big South American client, ( so in size the majority is from there ). However, I do a lot of work for Europeans, ( I have more European clients ).

So, take your pick,

Nigel.


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Elisabeth Fournier  Identity Verified
Spain
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Spanish to French
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compare to living place Nov 4, 2008

I think it would be interesting to compare the results of this poll to the results of another one, with the same response possibilities, but the question: Where do you live/work?

A least, I'm curious about it


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Laureana Pavon  Identity Verified
Uruguay
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Hi Elisabeth Nov 4, 2008

There was a very interesting poll a while back: "Where in the world are you?".
I think you can read the discussion at this link:

http://www.proz.com/forum/poll_discussion/104656-poll:_where_in_the_world_are_you.html

It is indeed quite interesting to compare the results of both polls!

[Edited at 2008-11-04 18:52]


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Parrot  Identity Verified
Spain
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Biased question? Nov 4, 2008

I kind of thought this depended on two underlying questions:

1. Where are languages most dispersed?

2. Where are the biggest concentrations of computers?

I mean, I'm sure there's a lot of translation going on elsewhere, but you have to be online to answer this.


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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Wow! Nov 4, 2008

I'm amazed. I've only had one or two European clients since I began translating over a decade ago. Most of mine are in Brazil, and a few in the US and other places.

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Marlene Blanshay  Identity Verified
Canada
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French to English
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language pairs Nov 4, 2008

I work in french to english. That may be why I don't get much from outside north america. Perhaps in EU they translate more from french to OTHER languages. However, the demand for french to english seems to be mostly a North American thing. I have gotten a few jobs from Europe, the majority of my work is local, provincial, from other provinces or from the US.

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