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What do you listen to when translating?
Thread poster: Gillian Searl

Gillian Searl  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 10:26
Member (2004)
German to English
May 27, 2005

Having just seen the "How long do you stay up" thread I was interested by the comments of different things people listen to/have in the background when translating.

As for me, I can't listen to anything with speech, no matter the language. I love soft music though, any type but as soon as speech kicks in I can't concentrate any more.

Just curious ...
Gillian


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giogi
Local time: 10:26
well... May 27, 2005

The sound of silence... is the only thing I can listen to!!!!
Have a great weekend
Giovanna


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Derek Gill Franßen  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 11:26
German to English
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Interesting question May 27, 2005

It kind of depends on my mood, but I often like listening to a bit harder and faster music while translating; it pumps me up and - at least subjectively - speeds up my translating (and probably because I can't listen to that kind of music in my law firm).

[Edited at 2005-05-27 16:20]


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xxxLia Fail  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 11:26
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Interesting Q! May 27, 2005

I can't listen to anything I might enjoy, as it distracts me terribly. So I don't listen to CDs (cos I start singing), or radio chats (I try, but when it gets interesting I switch off, or stop translating if I can)...

Believe it or not, what I find most comfortable as background noise is c**** TV, as happens in Spain after 4pm: they are talking such junk that it really doesn't bother me.


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Iza Szczypka  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 11:26
English to Polish
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Nothing really May 27, 2005

I used to listen to my favourite radio station, but a few years ago found it useless - I do not actually hear anything when concentrating, so why bother? Electricity bills went down a bit.

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patrick32  Identity Verified
English to Spanish
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Van The Man does it for me May 27, 2005

Have you listened to his latest album Magic Time? absolutely fantastic, he never fails. Seems to exceed himself every year!. A mixture of rock & roll, jazz, blues, big band, swing. Highly recommended!!

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Maria Karra  Identity Verified
United States
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Greek to English
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Easy listening, classical May 27, 2005

Ailish Maher wrote:
I can't listen to anything I might enjoy, as it distracts me terribly. So I don't listen to CDs (cos I start singing),


Same here! I love Latin music, but I immediately start singing and cannot concentrate.
I can only listen to classical music (not any piece though; imagine translating while listening to the Flight of the Bumble Bee!), or "new age", and if I don't like it much, that's even better! My favorite classical music piece is Beethoven's "Pour un sou perdu" or "Rage over a lost penny". Whenever I listen to it I start imagining myself playing it, which is something that I've tried to do for many years but failed. It's extremely difficult to play.
That's why I said that it can't be a piece that I really like
If I'm really stressed and have a very tight deadline I can't listen to anything at all. Any sound bothers me.
Maria


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Elodie Rousseau
Mexico
Local time: 04:26
English to French
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relaxing new age type music May 27, 2005

I know it sounds weird, but it helps me to focus on what I'm doing and since it's just music, I'm not distracted by the words. It also has a destressing effect, when I start to panic when deadline is crazy and/or I don't understand anything to the text, etc.
I also put some aromatherapic "anti-stress" oil in hot water in the room and I can work non-stop for hours!! Plus, it smells good!
Elodie


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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 03:26
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Silence is Best May 27, 2005

At times I have to put up with anything and I do, but I prefer silence. I did not study with music on when I was in school either.

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Michele Johnson  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 11:26
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Clearly getting old :( May 27, 2005

I must be getting old, because in addition to not tolerating coffee very well in the afternoon, I cannot really listen to any kind of music while translating. The distant soundtrack of the city (streetcars, people, birds, etc) is what I prefer.

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Can Altinbay  Identity Verified
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Classical or jazz May 27, 2005

Right now, I'm listening to the complete tone poems of Liszt.

I put on 4 or 5 CDs on the carousel. Oscar Peterson, Monk, earlier Miles Davis, Brubeck, Haydn, Mozart, Dvorak, Schubert, contemporaries of Mozart...

I prefer not to have anything with words, that distracts me.


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Luisa Ramos, CT  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 05:26
Member (2004)
English to Spanish
Complete silence does it for me. May 27, 2005

I used to study while listening to music, TV, radio, and would argue a lot with my mother about it becuase my grades were excellent and she should have understood that it did not affect me. However, I now find myself arguing with my daughter trying to tell me about her day and I trying to shut her off, as I cannot concentrate. I do not listen to anything. Complete silence does it for me.

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ntext  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 04:26
German to English
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Just the usual voices ... May 27, 2005

... in my head.

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Marie-Céline GEORG  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 11:26
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Classical music most of the time May 27, 2005

I'm listening to classical music mainly, usually with no vocals because I often start to sing along, but no always. I'm in a choir where we're currently learning an oratorio by Mendelssohn so I often put the CD as background music and I found out that it was a way of learning without really working on it.
Sometimes I can also "watch" TV - I should say listen to it because I'm not really looking at the screen - but that's only when I'm doing things such as administrative work, reading my e-mails, etc. at the beginning of the afternoon: at that time I usually find myself most unefficient at translation (slow, not finding words...) so it no use trying to concentration on serious work except when there's a tight deadline!


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xxxBrandis
Local time: 11:26
English to German
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Modern Jazz May 27, 2005

But only during the breaks, while translating I prefer absolute silence. Rgds, Brandis

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