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Poll: Do you think translators are mostly introverts?
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Yasutomo Kanazawa  Identity Verified
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Not introverts, but Oct 31, 2009

misanthropes.

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xxxInterlangue
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No Oct 31, 2009

Yasutomo Kanazawa wrote:

misanthropes.


... or solitary


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Williamson  Identity Verified
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People sitting in their ivory tower. Oct 31, 2009

Some of them are. Some should "get real", because they consider their lowly viewed profession as important as the job of president of the USA or president of Europe. The only thing you have to mention in a crowd of career-hunters is "I am a translator" and you are looked-down upon: Poor you, sitting in that study of yours, translating texts for days on end..

[Edited at 2009-10-31 08:28 GMT]


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Sophie Dzhygir  Identity Verified
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I don't know Oct 31, 2009

I am rather introvert, but I know many translators who are not, and as well many others who are... I can't draw a general trend.

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Teresa Borges
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No Oct 31, 2009

Just as in every other profession, there is (probably) a mixture of introverts and extroverts. Maybe freelancers tend to be solitary souls, but not all translators are freelancers...

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Interpreters tend to be more extroverted Oct 31, 2009

My experience, working with large teams of translators and interpreters for many decades, is that interpreters tend to be more extroverted. I think that many translators who would HATE to be interpreters (like me) are introverted.

A good question is whether extroverts have the patience to sit for hours on end working out problems in their head without any human contact.


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Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
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Other Oct 31, 2009

I do not know. I have actually not had much opportunity to meet translators in person.

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Venkatesh Sundaram  Identity Verified
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Why intorverts ? And I look forward to interpreting assignements :) Oct 31, 2009

Muriel Vasconcellos wrote:

My experience, working with large teams of translators and interpreters for many decades, is that interpreters tend to be more extroverted. I think that many translators who would HATE to be interpreters (like me) are introverted.

A good question is whether extroverts have the patience to sit for hours on end working out problems in their head without any human contact.


I do not undertand the link - why should a person, who uses her / his communication and language skills for a living, necessarily (or 'mostly') be an introvert?

I see the lack of 'real' everyday human contact in the course of a working day - the discussions and banter with colleagues for example - as one of the few negative points of this profession (the lack of communting and flexible working hours as some of the positive ones on the other hand)

Some, like me would perhaps make up for this lack of contact during a working day spent mostly in front of a computer screen by being more active in their communities, doing volunteer work, etc

And I do look forward to the interpretatiion assignmnets - as a chance to be physically present among clients, interact with people and learn

Enjoy your weekend, dear colleagues


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Tatty  Identity Verified
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You can fall out of the habit of being sociable Oct 31, 2009

This is what I think happens to translators who don't manage to strike a good work/life balance.

After all, you have to be a little bit of an extrovert to learn a foreign language in the first place.

I'm always trying to get myself out the door. Me too, I look forward to interpreting assignments as I get to interact with real humans.


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Maria Diaconu  Identity Verified
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My case Oct 31, 2009

Muriel Vasconcellos wrote:
I think that many translators who would HATE to be interpreters (like me) are introverted.


My case, too. From what I've seen so far, people who are translators AND interpreters are necessarily extroverted.


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Marcelo Silveyra
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Not necessarily... Oct 31, 2009

but I've found that many of them are incorrigible narcissists. And that's not a good thing.

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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
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No Oct 31, 2009

In my opinion who works at home, by him/herself is able to live without the constant presence of people around, which is positive as others couldn't do it because of their need to be in the middle of the crowd... I can say that I worked for about 10 years with collegues (bookshop, pub, newspaper office), and now I am not able to work with colleagues around. I love and appreciate to exchange opinions, but the physical presence is something I am not used to. I also work as a part time teacher, but you know, it's me, the student(s) and when I finish I say goodbye to the director and I leave...

But I am not introvert, I mean I love people and spending time with friends... but not when I am working.

[Edited at 2009-10-31 14:07 GMT]


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Trinh Do  Identity Verified
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That's a generalisation Oct 31, 2009

I myself am an introvert, but there's nothing wrong about that. I chose this profession because I love it, and I can avoid office politics. I'm proud of this work and the challenges set. You have to be a businessperson, an academic if possible, a know-all (without blowing your trumpet).

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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
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Loner, not introvert Oct 31, 2009

I think I'd describe myself more as a loner rather than an introvert. I like people and being with them, but only for short periods of time. I like to spend most of my time by myself. I think I have become more this way with the passing years, although I have been a loner since I was a little kid.

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