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Poll: Have you ever spent a significant amount of time (>2 months) working or studying in another country?
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Nov 7, 2008

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Elisabeth Fournier  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:09
Member (2008)
Spanish to French
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yes, Spain and Iceland Nov 7, 2008

I'm French, and first I've been studying and then working in Spain, for 12 years in totoal.
Then I took my laptop and spent 9 months in Iceland, and now in Spain again, which is my home least for the moment.

[Editado a las 2008-11-07 14:28]

[Editado a las 2008-11-07 14:28]


Local time: 17:09
Member (2007)
German to Dutch
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the Netherlands Nov 7, 2008

Maybe strange for a Dutch (Flemish)-speaking Belgian, but I've studied 5 months in the Netherlands. I wanted to know and experience how the Dutch students and scientists handled their own mothertongue, and it was a bit different then in Belgium. I learned the basics of Frisian as well, but that is more then 10 years agoicon_smile.gif.

[Bijgewerkt op 2008-11-07 14:30]


wonita (X)
Local time: 12:09
Living Nov 7, 2008

I have been living outside my home country since 13 years.


Rosa Cabral  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 11:09
English to Italian
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Around Nov 7, 2008

So far only Italy, UK and USA


Dagmara Kuliś  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:09
English to Polish
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Belgium and the UK Nov 7, 2008

I spent a year as an Erasmus student in Belgium (KULeuven) during the third year of my Polish MA and finished a year long MA in the UK (Warwick) during the fifth year of my Polish studies. On top of that, I spent a month in the US (Boston), visiting my boyfriend who was working there - but this was a mere tourist experienceicon_smile.gif.

And I forgot about Germany - right now it's been only a month but I am staying here till Christmasicon_smile.gif.

[Edited at 2008-11-07 15:04]


Rosa Alves  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:09
German to Portuguese
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France, Germany and Belgium Nov 7, 2008

I was born in France and grew up there, I came back to Portugal at the age of 15. During college, I studied in Germany during 9 months with Erasmus and did a 6 months traineeship also in Germany. Last year, I worked 6 months in Brussels but came back to Portugal where I decided to become freelancer... These were really very enriching experiences as one's learns to see the positive and negative aspects of each country, and so much more!!


Nathalie White  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:09
English to French
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Yes, Ireland Nov 7, 2008

I'm currently living in a country that is not my native country. I'm French and I have been living in Ireland since 2001. Previously, I studied for 6 months in London when I was younger.


Catalina Martin (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:09
English to Spanish
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France, Spain and Uk Nov 7, 2008

I was born in France and lived there for 18 years. Once I got my Baccalauréat I moved to Salamanca (Spain) to University where I took a degree in English Language and Literature. I was an Erasmus student in Swansea (Wales) for a year and then worked as a Foreign Language Assistant in Plymouth (UK) for two years.
Right now I live in Spain.


Nigel Greenwood  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:09
Member (2008)
Spanish to English
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I'm English Nov 7, 2008

When I moved to Spain, I was 19, now I'm 54, during that period I have worked in many countries: Irak, Indonesia, China, Japan ...

No, I work from home and practically do no travelling at all, 'I've done my stint' so-to-say.icon_smile.gif



Maartje Giebels  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:09
English to Dutch
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Belgium, France and Spain Nov 7, 2008

I studied French in Brussles for 6 months when I was 18 and then went to Madrid for a 3 month course of Spanish. Then for my translation studies i worked in the south of France for 6 months. Funnily enough, my two main translation languages now are English and German, and I never lived in any countries where those languages are spoken. Go figure!;)
I guess it isn't strange that a majority of translators and interpretors have lived in other countries. It is very usefull, if not nescessary, to gain enough knowledge of the source languages you're working from.

[Bijgewerkt op 2008-11-07 14:59]


mariana24  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:09
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Canada Nov 7, 2008

I am Uruguayan, and I lived and studied two years in Canada, when I was 17 years old.

Sometimes I think it would be nice to be able to live half a year somewhere else (of one's choice, of course) and the other half at home. And I would choose Scotland or Ireland.




Amy Duncan (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 13:09
Portuguese to English
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Brazil Nov 7, 2008

I was born in New York and raised in Connecticut, but I spent two years in Curitiba back in the late 60s, and then, much later, in 1993, I moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I spent two years there, and then went back to New York for five years, returning once again to Rio in 1999, where I stayed until Nov. 2007.

Then I decided I would try living in the US again, but after a year here I realized that it was not going to work out. I couldn't adjust to living in the USA again after living for so long in Brazil. I missed the people, the culture, the climate and especially not being able to speak Portuguese every day. So, the result is that I'm going back to Rio on Nov. 18!

I also spent some time in Mexico when my father was living there, in the late 60s just before I went to Brazil for the first time.


Qutubuddin Khan  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:39
English to Arabic
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Oman Nov 7, 2008

I am an Indian holding a master's in Arabic language & Literature, besides an Advanced Diploma in Modern Arabic Language and Translation.

I spent over six months working as Chief Translator with a press organization in the Sultanate of Oman. The responsibilities included heading a three-member team of translators and translating news stories and features from Arabic into English for a daily newspaper and a weekly magazine.



Päivikki Eriksson  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:09
Swedish to Finnish
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Germany, Austria, Hungary and Sweden Nov 7, 2008

I'm Finnish.

* When I was 15, I spent half a year in a German school in Frankfurt am Main.

* With 17, I did the same in Linz, Austria.

* With 20, I enjoyed a year as an Erasmus student in Vienna.

* Some years later, I took a language course in Debrecen, Hungary (one month only, but it was very significant for my language skills!).

* Since 2002, I live in Sweden.

* Some years ago, already living in Sweden, I worked a few months in Munich.

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