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Poll: Do you solve translation / interpretation problems in your dreams?
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Iman Khaireddine
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Really? Dec 20, 2006

Now this is the funniest poll ever

Could this really happen?


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Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
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Interesting question Dec 20, 2006

This is an interesting question for me because very often when I wake up the first thing that springs to mind is some flaw in my previous day's translation work - often some obscure point buried in a mound of text. Sometimes I leap up and identify the mistake so that I can correct it later when the computer is on - sometimes it is too late because the final text has already been delivered. So much so that, deadline permitting, I sometimes delay sending a text to a client until I have 'slept on it'.
Recently I was working on a book translation, and I found it very useful to read the pages I expected to work on the following day shortly before going to bed. I found this made me more productive the next day.
So, yes, I strongly believe that the subconscious mind reviews our translation work as we sleep.


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Agua  Identity Verified
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Definitely it does happen... Dec 20, 2006

Hello,

I have solved things in dreams lots of times: Maths problems for homework included.

I also finished a book in my dreams, although I have never checked whether my ending was the one I have never read....

Best,

Mar


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PAS  Identity Verified
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Not necessarily funny Dec 20, 2006

I don't recall if I actually dreamt a solution to a problem, but I have solved translation problems while in bed, in the middle of the night.
Maybe I was lying in a half-asleep state and "click!" the proverbial lightbulb went on.

This just goes to show that even when you want to rest, your poor brain continues to churn.

Pawel Skalinski


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Giovanni Guarnieri MITI, MIL  Identity Verified
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No... Dec 20, 2006

but I have dreamt of finishing a project only to be very disappointed when I woke up...

Giovanni


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Christopher Burin  Identity Verified
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Depends Dec 20, 2006

Do you mean finding solutions to real life transl/interp problems in dreams (in which case no, sadly!) or having dreams in which you are solving a series of transl/interp problems (I do have dreams about work sometimes so maybe yes!)?

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Ivana de Sousa Santos  Identity Verified
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No Dec 20, 2006

But when I'm involved in a big translation I dream about it. The same happens when I have problems, with Trados, fior instance, because of a certain document, I also dream about it. If I spend an evening winaligning documents, I will also dream about it.

Never find a solution, but dream about it.


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Gillian Scheibelein  Identity Verified
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Sometimes.... Dec 20, 2006

If it does happen, then when I'm half-awake and not in a dream, which is why I always keep paper and a pen (+ a torch!) next to my bed.

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Williamson  Identity Verified
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No Dec 20, 2006

I have too many nightmares about the native language only demon.

[Edited at 2006-12-20 14:37]


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Tomás Cano Binder, CT  Identity Verified
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Never... Dec 20, 2006

...as I have too many other things to process in my dreams and don't have time for the translation issues.

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Rebecca Garber  Identity Verified
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Not in my dreams per se Dec 20, 2006

I don't usually remember my dreams. What I do remember is that I consistently cannot read in them.
However, I do wake up with the answers to translation problems.
So some part of the brain is working while I'm not.


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Parrot  Identity Verified
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Not too strange Dec 20, 2006

Mar Rodríguez wrote:

I have solved things in dreams lots of times: Maths problems for homework included.


As I recall, even the Silva mind control method had a way of programming problem-solving in dreams (mainly because it happens in a random way).


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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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I dreamed about Multiterm... Dec 20, 2006

Having got the basic functions of Trados to work, and persuaded it to link up with Multiterm a long time and a lot of hassle later... there was definitely a period when I woke up "knowing" things I did not know when I went to bed.

Sometimes they worked, and sometimes they were sheer wishful thinking...

I do try to 'sleep on' translations and give them a final proof reading before delivering them, especially if I have worked late the night before. That is definitely worthwhile.

In general I sleep well (or crash out exhausted ) and don't remember my dreams, but I suspect quite a lot of them do involve translating. Too many, in fact, in the last couple of months.

Time for a fortnight's break and a gathering of the clan in the UK as opposed to my husband's Scandinavian clan...

Happy holidays, or whatever you do until the date changes to 2007!



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Pundora  Identity Verified
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Not so far. Dec 20, 2006

I have no experience of interpretation but I am scared what happens if translation encroaches upon my dreams also!!

Pundora


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