Poll: Translator or interpreter: how would you define yourself?
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Yaotl Altan  Identity Verified
Mexico
Local time: 03:05
Member (2006)
English to Spanish
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100% Oct 6, 2008

I'm too shy to become an interpreter...

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xxxBrandis
Local time: 10:05
English to German
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more than T&I Oct 6, 2008

Hi! I chose none, because and my teams do typesetting and printing as well. BR Brandis

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Maria Isabel Pazos Gómez  Identity Verified
Germany
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Member (2007)
German to Spanish
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Interpreter... Oct 6, 2008

But Translation is a good exercise, as well as a good and regular income,

Mabel


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Miroslav Jeftic  Identity Verified
Local time: 10:05
English to Serbian
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Mostly translator Oct 6, 2008

However, only because there are more translation jobs recently in my area. Otherwise I would definitely choose interpretation, much better paid.

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Reed James
Chile
Local time: 05:05
Member (2005)
Spanish to English
No time for anything else but translation Oct 6, 2008

I have become content and comfortable here in front of my computer screen. Even if I had more time for other activities like interpreting, why would I put on a suit and tie and go out into the heat, cold or rain to a building when its cozy right here where I am?

I also have to be fair to my translations and read up on all kinds of subjects. No reason to do anything else but translate.


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Claudia Aguero  Identity Verified
Costa Rica
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Spanish to English
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Translator because of time Oct 6, 2008

I prefer interpreting, but because of time, I mostly translate. I really enjoy whenever I do some interpretations.

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Maria Eugenia Farre  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 05:05
English to Portuguese
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Same here Oct 6, 2008

Maria Isabel Pazos Gómez wrote:

But Translation is a good exercise, as well as a good and regular income,

Mabel


Hi Mabel

Same here, but when you're working too often in the booth it's very hard to find the time (and the patience) to translate.
But I agree with you, great learning opportunity, usually less stressful than interpreting as well. I love to get a quiet day of translating after I've been on the road or jumping from conference room to conference room. Oh and I love that I get to wear my oldest pair of jeans and comfy sweaters at the office.
What I love about interpreting is that the day is done when it's done. No fretting over 'did I remember to spell check?', 'did I change that term in all files'?. Just go home, update your glossaries and send your invoice.
Regarding income, give me interpreting any day over translating, with its fluctuations, seasonality and all.

Cheers
ME


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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 10:05
Member (2003)
Danish to English
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Translator 100% Oct 7, 2008

I once had the chance to take a test of my potential as an EU interpreter. I think it was called the EC in those days, but still.

I did not get far, and the advice I was given was friendly but firm: 'Forget it. We're actually looking for Danish native speakers, but you're not suitable anyway. Still, don't let it put you off if you want to be a translator - that is something quite different.'

That kept me going through a lot of setbacks and unlikely jobs until I finally succeeded.


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amurati
Local time: 10:05
English to Albanian
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Translator or interpreter Oct 7, 2008

Well, as long as you work as translator for printed or electronic documents it is bit easier due to a fact you have much space to thing about any proper words
and in interpreting you should listen carefully and then build the sentence and speak it out.

I used to interpret once between English and Serbian language for my friends and then I was interpreting a bit slower than normal and due to a fact that I am native Albanian I told him I listen to you in English and translate it on my brain I understand as Albanian and then the translation into Serbian takes place. And vice verse.

I used to interpret in various subjects like in faculty interpreting of a foreign lecturer then also in other occasions.

And if you don't pay attention rigorously during the listening you may misunderstand and the the translation is not proper translation. For documents you can see the sentence many times but in interpreting the sentence or part of sentence usually is never repeated.


Cheers

Ahmet


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Najwa Al-Nabulsi
Syria
Local time: 11:05
English to Arabic
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I like the two Oct 7, 2008

I did interpreting sometime in conference for hearing aids and it was a great day! it needs concentration and quickly find words suitable for meaning in each language, in interpreting you can express the meaning without caring too much about grammer or even about your pronounciation, the most important fact is to convey the meaning and ideas in your wors as simple as you can. But in translation one should think three or four times before deciding which sentence is better for the meaning, the grammer should be right also the spelling. it takes more time and need more concentration. Anyway I like both.

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Rebecca Garber  Identity Verified
Local time: 04:05
Member (2005)
German to English
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Other sidelines Oct 7, 2008

I'm only a translator here, but I also tutor in both of my primary languages (I also taught at university level), edit and proofread in my native tongue. Not teaching saves me 1.5-2 hrs commuting, but translating isn't as profitable.

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 01:05
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Too shy... Oct 7, 2008

Yaotl Altan wrote:



I'm too shy to become an interpreter...


Same here. At conferences, I've noticed the different personality styles of translators and interpreters. The interpreters tell me that they like being able to walk away from the booth and not have to agonize over the responsibility of getting the most accurate translation possible. That said, many interpreters are excellent translators.

I know that for a fact because for several years I was secretary of The American Association of Language Specialists (TAALS, see www.taals.net), which includes both branches of the profession. The interpreters were more vocal about standing up for working conditions, while translators tended to drift away because their needs were different, so in the end the majority were interpreters who did translation as a sideline. As I said, some were excellent translators, while others didn't have the patience.


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Sara Senft  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 04:05
Spanish to English
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From the author herself Oct 16, 2008

It's roughly even for me, but I somewhat prefer interpreting. The feedback is quicker and I can leave the assignment behind once the appointment/interview/etc. is done.

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