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Charlie Bavington  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:32
French to English
Typos for me May 29, 2009

I stop when I'm making too many mistakes typing fairly simple and common words.

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C. Mouton  Identity Verified
France
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Member (2007)
English to French
vongifuratoin May 29, 2009

when configuration becomes "vongifuratoin", then I really AM ready for bed !!

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Hikmat  Identity Verified
Indonesia
Local time: 11:32
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Multiple letters on the screeen May 29, 2009

I stop when I suddenly see this on the screennnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

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Lawyer-Linguist  Identity Verified
Portugal
Local time: 05:32
Dutch to English
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I never stay up late ... May 29, 2009

... but, I start work very early -- normally by 5am at the latest -- different strokes for diferent folks, I guess. I just prefer to have my late afternoons and evenings to myself.

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Joan Berglund  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 00:32
French to English
I miss false cognates when I am tired May 29, 2009

Like translating "porte" as port when the job is architectural and there is no question it means door - there are no ships in sight. I can't think of other examples right now, but there have been plenty.

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José Gralike  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 06:32
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I have to stop when left and right get mixed up May 29, 2009

Left hand and right hand trying to take each others' place and I start ytpign liek thsi

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Oleg Osipov  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
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There is a time to start and to stop... May 29, 2009

I've voted "other" because I do not drive myself to those late hours of the night, managing my time in a balanced way.
I understand the situation, though, that some of the colleagues may be bound by certain commitment or force major circumstances they cannot escape.)


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José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 02:32
English to Portuguese
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Typos - me too! May 29, 2009

Charlie Bavington wrote:
I stop when I'm making too many mistakes typing fairly simple and common words.


When I notice that I'm spending more time fixing the typos I casually see above the point where I am, than moving forward, I call it quits for the night.


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Carol So  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Member (2008)
English to Chinese
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my brain stop working May 29, 2009

When I read the same sentence three times but still cant get a word of it, I know my brain just stop functioning...and coffee wont help in this case!

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Patricia Rosas  Identity Verified
United States
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all of the above! May 29, 2009

Any and all of the possible choices are signs that it is time to turn the PC off! Great responses from everyone -- a chuckle is always good!!

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Jenn Mercer  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 00:32
Member (2009)
French to English
Most of these are fixable May 29, 2009

...but when the brain stops working, it's over.

blurry vision : eye drops/coffee
eyes hurt : eye drops/coffee/painkiller
body aches : painkiller or painkiller w/caffeine such as Excedrin = bonus!
someone wakes me up : this is a solution, not a problem

I do try to avoid these circumstances, but I am happy to have the ability to work late and make up my sleep at another time. I stayed up till 2 am last night, but I was able to have a nice dinner with my family, give my daughter a bath, and read to her. I make my trade-offs willingly.


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Claudia Alvis  Identity Verified
Peru
Local time: 23:32
Spanish
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When HT looks like MT May 29, 2009

I stop when my Human Translation starts looking like Machine Translation; even if it's just a draft.

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VoiceTex
Germany
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English to German
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My dear commas... May 29, 2009

It's over when I notice that I am putting commas after every other word. When I am tired I sort of become comma-philic.

Typos are surprisingly not such a big issue. That only happens when I think of something else while typing and mix up the words and/or sentences. Making a silly one out of two or the like.


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brainfloss  Identity Verified
Australia
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Funny one! :) May 29, 2009

I so can relate to this question and at a first glimpse I was looking for "all the above" LOL but then I had to choose a answer based on my own statistics.

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