Seeking guidance for majors/developing experience in translation
Thread poster: tlocurto
tlocurto
United States
Local time: 01:31
French to English
May 28, 2012

Hi everyone,

I've been interested in translation for quite a long time, since I was a young teenager (I'm 25 now), having always loved languages and having achieved a decent level in Spanish/French/Portuguese/Italian and would like to eventually translate from them into English. Life has been a bit bumpy so I am just now arriving to the point where I need to choose my major. I wanted advice from those translators among you who have made that decision, and who may have some experience with the results of that choice, as to what you majored in for your Bachelor's degree, and what are some of the pros and cons (as a translator) that you've found with having chosen that degree.

I'd also like advice from some of you as to how I can begin to accumulate experience at this point. Should I attempt to find a mentor? If you want to translate from multiple languages into your native language, should you try and make one of them your "main" pair, or try and develop them all simultaneously?

I really appreciate any advice that any of you might have - I have wanted to do this for years and to be honest it's a bit scary to take the first steps, so I am grateful for anyone who might be able to help me by sort of holding my hand

Thank you very much for reading!

Thomas LoCurto (Tommy)


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