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Poll: How would you mainly describe your relationship with fellow translators?
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Laureana Pavon  Identity Verified
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Other: Both friendly and enriching Oct 29, 2008

This applies both to the translators whom I studied with at university and who are now my colleagues as well as to those I have met through ProZ.com.
I've had the pleasure and privilege of attending several powwows and a regional conference, where I met many translators who I now consider to be my friends.
And of course, fellow translators are enriching in more ways than one.
So I don't understand why anyone would be wary of their colleagues.
All the best from Montevideo, where we're enjoying the most wonderful spring day!!
Laureana


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Diana Arbiser  Identity Verified
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Like Laureana Oct 29, 2008

Both enriching (which I voted), but also friendly in most of the cases. I developed a nice friendship with a few of my local colleagues, and not only do we share personal experience, but also a good time every once in a while!
Cheers to all my friendly colleagues


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Marie-Hélène Hayles  Identity Verified
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ooh, aren't we a nice bunch! Oct 29, 2008

I voted "friendly", but it was a close call between that and "enriching". it's good to see that (so far at least) the overwhelming majority of us see our relationships with fellow translators in a positive light.

[Edited at 2008-10-29 15:55]


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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Friendly, mostly Oct 29, 2008

Other than "uninteresting/useless", it would be possible to put one translator into all the categories.

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andres-larsen
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competitive rather than enriching and friendly Oct 29, 2008

it might be enriching as well as friendly, but above all it definitely is competitive, all other things considered

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Venkatesh Sundaram  Identity Verified
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One person could fit into several categories! Oct 29, 2008

Jack Doughty wrote:

Other than "uninteresting/useless", it would be possible to put one translator into all the categories.


I agree with Jack - it is possible for one person to be described as friendly + competitive +...+...
Friendly and competitive are not mutually exclusive, are they?

But let us face it - there are also collagues around whom one has to be wary of and keep at "an arms' distance"


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Erzsébet Czopyk  Identity Verified
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definitely enriching Oct 29, 2008

I learn a lot from my translator colleagues and I just love them. We have a friendly nest of night owls If anything bad happens in the company, I can share my problems with my colleagues and if any bad happens to them, they know (and I always let them know) I am ready for help. I think my company is far more for us than a simple business relationship.

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Parrot  Identity Verified
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Enriching Oct 29, 2008

So OK, maybe I'm a leech (aside from a parrot), but I always find something to learn from my colleagues.

I'm friendly with most, but all of them enrich me. (Sometimes, whether we like it or not)


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Odile Stuart  Identity Verified
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other translators ? Oct 29, 2008

Actually, I hardly know any translators at all! Most of my friends and colleagues are not translators, I happen to have more friends amongst other categories of workers. By its nature, translation work is a job that suits an individual like me, independent and casual. Even though I admit I'd be happy to count many translators amongst my friends.

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Cecilia Falk  Identity Verified
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Wary, Uninteresting / Useless? Oct 29, 2008

It would be interesting to hear someone who voted for these options elaborate.
Cecilia


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Charlie Bavington  Identity Verified
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Wary Oct 30, 2008

Someone who voted "wary" is, almost by definition, unlikely to be very forthcoming on the topic.

And that is all you're getting out of me


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María Eugenia Wachtendorff  Identity Verified
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Enriching and friendly Oct 30, 2008

Parrot wrote:

So OK, maybe I'm a leech (aside from a parrot), but I always find something to learn from my colleagues.

I'm friendly with most, but all of them enrich me. (Sometimes, whether we like it or not)


NOTHING TO ADD HERE


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Mónica Sauza  Identity Verified
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Enriching... Oct 30, 2008

I learn a lot from many others who are, by the way, very friendly!

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Williamson  Identity Verified
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Depends upon the character of the person Oct 30, 2008

Translation is mostly an egocentric profession without life feed-back from the work-environment. Hence some are very competitive: Look how good "I" am and look how bad the "others" are.

Others are friendly, helpful and receptive.

[Edited at 2008-10-30 09:36]


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