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Poll: Which kind of training would benefit you most?
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Celine Gras  Identity Verified

Local time: 03:25
English to French
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Other Nov 12, 2009

Marketing courses.

Have a nice day!


Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:25
Member (2008)
English to Italian
CAT Nov 12, 2009

For the kind of translations I do, which are mostly given in a paper format, I do not use CAT tools, so I need to attend courses in order to remember the use, as practice, in my case, does not help!

[Edited at 2009-11-12 08:58 GMT]


Oleksandr Kupriyanchuk  Identity Verified
Local time: 04:25
Russian to English
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"Combination of t. above" is called university/school :) Nov 12, 2009

Indeed, that is what many self-made 'pros' need the mosticon_smile.gif

IMHO, freelance translation cannot be "learned" at any "courses"...

So, don't deceive yourselves.


PRAKASH SHARMA  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:55
Member (2007)
English to Hindi
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IT and accounting courses Nov 12, 2009

Translation and my languages are something, that I don't need any more course, I feel however learning is a never ending procedure.
I would like to go for IT and accounting courses, IT- to be able to remain updated at all ages, accounting- how to calculate taxes finally and try to do all the stuffs by myself instead of running after an accountant at the end of the financial year, if needed.

Regarding languages, I keep on studying my languages all times, with the help of various sorts of books I have. Of course, online literature is also many a times useful. In India, I can read all Nepali newspapers and can be updated about any updated change in the language, that may have occurred due to time factor. I have some Sanskrit religious, grammar and literary books, which are of my deep interests being a hindu brahmin and a curious learner all the times.


Véronique Le Ny  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:25
Member (2006)
Spanish to French
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13,4% for Languages courses Nov 12, 2009

Am I dreaming?
How can someone be translator and need Language courses?icon_frown.gif


Deborah do Carmo  Identity Verified
Local time: 02:25
Dutch to English
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Why not? Nov 12, 2009

Véronique Le Ny wrote:

Am I dreaming?
How can someone be translator and need Language courses?icon_frown.gif

Somebody can be taking courses in a language they hope to use as a source language one day, for starters.


Mats Wiman  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:25
Member (2000)
German to Swedish
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A job Nov 12, 2009

at the frontier of my knowledge, so that I will be really challenged (provided I have time and my purse will allow it).

Working as a translator is an ever on-going university




Elisabeth Fournier  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:25
Member (2008)
Spanish to French
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CAT tool Nov 12, 2009

OmegaT, in my case.
I'm currently using Trados but would like to change


neilmac  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:25
Spanish to English
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For work purposes Nov 12, 2009

... a course in WF would be handy, since I've been using it for over a year and know very little about how it works and how to make the most of the features (for example, I have no idea how the glossary function is supposed to be helpful).
I would like it to be a course where I would be able to simply ask specific questions and have them answered without involving an in-depth knowledge/description of the tool.
In general, I have trying to take a course of driving lessons for several years now, but some other urgent expense or work-related activity always crops up to foil my plans...

[Edited at 2009-11-12 13:01 GMT]


neilmac  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:25
Spanish to English
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Recycling Nov 12, 2009

Véronique Le Ny wrote:

Am I dreaming?
How can someone be translator and need Language courses?icon_frown.gif

It's called refreshing, recycling and updating your knowledge. Especially in English and French, new terms and uses are incorporated all the time. The culturally-bound aspect of language is also an evolving phenomenon, so if living away from your native country you may find yourself baffled upon your return by certain turns of phrase.


Williamson  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 02:25
Flemish to English
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A mixture Nov 12, 2009

How can one become a translator and need language at all? You just have to know the "-ese" (legalese, financialese, technicalese, medicalese) and the use of especially TradosStudio.
Have Trados, will translate. All the other language skills, such a good understanding of semantics, syntax and style of your working-languages are totally superfluous.

No, seriously, first comes language, then IT (so that you can built and repair your pc, install your own network, then learn to install and use the appropriate programmes, get cheap software as a student of IT) and then comes the "-ese". How can you translate a text about accounting, if you have never been to a course of "accounting" or should I say "accountancy"? Then comes experience.

[Edited at 2009-11-12 13:41 GMT]


Mark Thompson  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:25
Portuguese to English
IT for dummies! Nov 12, 2009

Just started using WF so will need to improve my use of that - in the first instance, experiential learning - FOR ME, the best kind.


I sometimes get myself into a mess when working in XL or with tables, especially when the computer seems to have a mind of its own. I really need to get my butt in gear and improve the way I handle the basic IT.
I'm sure there are online courses/guidance and that I could improve with diligent use of the "Help" facilities, but up to now I haven't got a grip of that.

As for language, anyone who says that they don't need to study language (even current source AND target, whether by means of courses or self-study/reading) in my opinion will never improve as a translator. (My translations into English, my mother tongue, have generally improved since I got an audio book on creative writing for example - even good writers can pick up a different angle by thinking critically and sometimes the resources available just give you that other idea to keep things fresh).

Have a great day/evening/night folks!



Rocio Barrientos  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:25
English to Spanish
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IT Nov 12, 2009

I would like to know as much as my son and daughter.... I think they were born with an IT chip inside their brains!

Don't you feel that the new generation picks up anything and everthing related to IT very, very rapidly?

Have a nice day everyoneicon_smile.gif



Jenn Mercer  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 21:25
Member (2009)
French to English
CAT/Translation Nov 12, 2009

I would love to take more courses in translation techniques. In fact, I am planning on starting NYU's translation program in the spring. I would also love to get more training on CAT tools.

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