Which is More Useful?
Thread poster: Amel Abdullah

Amel Abdullah  Identity Verified
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Aug 13, 2014

For a young person who's just finished high school or Tawjihi in an Arab country, which do you think would be more useful to him if he is interested in becoming a translator later on:

1. A degree in English language and literature

2. A degree in Arabic language and literature

3. A degree in translation

What have your experiences been?

Assume that the person will study in an Arab country and already speaks English semi-fluently. Also, these are the only options as his scores do not qualify him to pursue fields like engineering or medicine.

What would you have studied if you could turn back the clock?

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Mohamed A. Moustafa  Identity Verified
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English to Arabic
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degree in translation Aug 14, 2014

I would go for a degree in translation, with extensive extracurricular readings/training in linguistics, literature, other.

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Reply Oct 22, 2015

I would also prefer a degree of translation.

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