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Poll: Have you ever spent a significant amount of time (>2 months) working or studying in another country?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Have you ever spent a significant amount of time (>2 months) working or studying in another country?".

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Elisabeth Fournier  Identity Verified
Spain
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Spanish to French
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yes, Spain and Iceland Nov 7, 2008

I'm French, and first I've been studying and then working in Spain, for 12 years in totoal.
Then I took my laptop and spent 9 months in Iceland, and now in Spain again, which is my home now...at least for the moment.

[Editado a las 2008-11-07 14:28]

[Editado a las 2008-11-07 14:28]


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webred
Belgium
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German to Dutch
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the Netherlands Nov 7, 2008

Maybe strange for a Dutch (Flemish)-speaking Belgian, but I've studied 5 months in the Netherlands. I wanted to know and experience how the Dutch students and scientists handled their own mothertongue, and it was a bit different then in Belgium. I learned the basics of Frisian as well, but that is more then 10 years ago.

[Bijgewerkt op 2008-11-07 14:30]


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xxxwonita
China
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Living Nov 7, 2008

I have been living outside my home country since 13 years.

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Rosa Cabral  Identity Verified
United States
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English to Italian
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Around Nov 7, 2008

So far only Italy, UK and USA

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Dagmara Kuliś  Identity Verified
Belgium
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English to Polish
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Belgium and the UK Nov 7, 2008

I spent a year as an Erasmus student in Belgium (KULeuven) during the third year of my Polish MA and finished a year long MA in the UK (Warwick) during the fifth year of my Polish studies. On top of that, I spent a month in the US (Boston), visiting my boyfriend who was working there - but this was a mere tourist experience.

And I forgot about Germany - right now it's been only a month but I am staying here till Christmas.

[Edited at 2008-11-07 15:04]


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Rosa Alves  Identity Verified
Portugal
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German to Portuguese
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France, Germany and Belgium Nov 7, 2008

I was born in France and grew up there, I came back to Portugal at the age of 15. During college, I studied in Germany during 9 months with Erasmus and did a 6 months traineeship also in Germany. Last year, I worked 6 months in Brussels but came back to Portugal where I decided to become freelancer... These were really very enriching experiences as one's learns to see the positive and negative aspects of each country, and so much more!!

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Nathalie White  Identity Verified
Ireland
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English to French
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Yes, Ireland Nov 7, 2008

I'm currently living in a country that is not my native country. I'm French and I have been living in Ireland since 2001. Previously, I studied for 6 months in London when I was younger.

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Catalina Martin  Identity Verified
Spain
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English to Spanish
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France, Spain and Uk Nov 7, 2008

I was born in France and lived there for 18 years. Once I got my Baccalauréat I moved to Salamanca (Spain) to University where I took a degree in English Language and Literature. I was an Erasmus student in Swansea (Wales) for a year and then worked as a Foreign Language Assistant in Plymouth (UK) for two years.
Right now I live in Spain.


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Nigel Greenwood  Identity Verified
Spain
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I'm English Nov 7, 2008

When I moved to Spain, I was 19, now I'm 54, during that period I have worked in many countries: Irak, Indonesia, China, Japan ...

No, I work from home and practically do no travelling at all, 'I've done my stint' so-to-say.

Nigel.


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Maartje Giebels  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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English to Dutch
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Belgium, France and Spain Nov 7, 2008

I studied French in Brussles for 6 months when I was 18 and then went to Madrid for a 3 month course of Spanish. Then for my translation studies i worked in the south of France for 6 months. Funnily enough, my two main translation languages now are English and German, and I never lived in any countries where those languages are spoken. Go figure!;)
I guess it isn't strange that a majority of translators and interpretors have lived in other countries. It is very usefull, if not nescessary, to gain enough knowledge of the source languages you're working from.

[Bijgewerkt op 2008-11-07 14:59]


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mariana24  Identity Verified
Uruguay
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Spanish
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Canada Nov 7, 2008

I am Uruguayan, and I lived and studied two years in Canada, when I was 17 years old.

Sometimes I think it would be nice to be able to live half a year somewhere else (of one's choice, of course) and the other half at home. And I would choose Scotland or Ireland.

Dreams...


Mariana


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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Portuguese to English
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Brazil Nov 7, 2008

I was born in New York and raised in Connecticut, but I spent two years in Curitiba back in the late 60s, and then, much later, in 1993, I moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I spent two years there, and then went back to New York for five years, returning once again to Rio in 1999, where I stayed until Nov. 2007.

Then I decided I would try living in the US again, but after a year here I realized that it was not going to work out. I couldn't adjust to living in the USA again after living for so long in Brazil. I missed the people, the culture, the climate and especially not being able to speak Portuguese every day. So, the result is that I'm going back to Rio on Nov. 18!

I also spent some time in Mexico when my father was living there, in the late 60s just before I went to Brazil for the first time.


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Qutubuddin Khan  Identity Verified
India
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Member (2008)
English to Arabic
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Oman Nov 7, 2008

I am an Indian holding a master's in Arabic language & Literature, besides an Advanced Diploma in Modern Arabic Language and Translation.

I spent over six months working as Chief Translator with a press organization in the Sultanate of Oman. The responsibilities included heading a three-member team of translators and translating news stories and features from Arabic into English for a daily newspaper and a weekly magazine.


Qutubuddin


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Päivikki Eriksson  Identity Verified
Sweden
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Member (2008)
Swedish to Finnish
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Germany, Austria, Hungary and Sweden Nov 7, 2008

I'm Finnish.

* When I was 15, I spent half a year in a German school in Frankfurt am Main.

* With 17, I did the same in Linz, Austria.

* With 20, I enjoyed a year as an Erasmus student in Vienna.

* Some years later, I took a language course in Debrecen, Hungary (one month only, but it was very significant for my language skills!).

* Since 2002, I live in Sweden.

* Some years ago, already living in Sweden, I worked a few months in Munich.


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