Poll: In how many language pairs do you regularly work?
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Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
Cyprus
Local time: 08:35
Turkish to English
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One Nov 13, 2009

At one time I used to work in two language pairs. For the past three or four years I have enjoyed the luxury of working in one pair only. It makes life a lot easier when you can devote all of your attention to one language only. I now specialise in legal translation in that pair - Turkish into English - and as most legal texts written in this source language derive from Turkey (although Turkish is also used as an official language in Cyprus and, more recently, Kosovo) this brings with it the added advantage of only having to cope with the legal terminology used in one jurisdiction.

 

Oleksandr Kupriyanchuk  Identity Verified
Ukraine
Local time: 08:35
Russian to English
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Nine Nov 13, 2009

EnglishRussian and EnglishUkrainian (every day, including weekends),
RusUkrainian, French>Ukrainian, French>Russian, Polish>Ukrainian (at least once or twice a week);

in other pairs (11 in total) -- less regularly than once a week or occasionally.

[Edited at 2009-11-13 10:49 GMT]


 

xxxInterlangue
Angola
Local time: 07:35
English to French
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Used to be more... Nov 13, 2009

The most I used regularly (at least once a week each) was 4, for more different customers than I do now too.
Today I tend to say I use 2, but 1 pair is definitely dominant - close to exclusive for the past 18 months.
I dropped 1 of my pairs completely, another I still use about once or twice a year, for just 1 customer.

NB to Henry Hinds: I work only into my mother tongue.

[Modifié le 2009-11-13 18:31 GMT]

[Modifié le 2009-11-13 18:32 GMT]


 

Oliver Lawrence  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 07:35
Italian to English
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Agency view? Nov 13, 2009

An agency manager remarked to me last year that he tends to be wary of translators working in more than two pairs, as he would be concerned whether they can maintain expertise and keep up to date with more than a certain number of languages. Is there a view on this, in particular from any outsourcers out there?

 

Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 23:35
English to Spanish
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Pairs - Directions Nov 13, 2009

Not only language pairs, but directions are pertinent. Many people may work a given pair only in one direction, others in both.

For instance, I only work in one language pair but in both directions.


 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 22:35
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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If the pairs are strong, why not more than two? Nov 14, 2009

My strongest combination is Portuguese-English, but the demand is not that great. I get 10 times more work for Spanish-English because that's where the demand is. But I am faster, more fluent, and more expressive translating from Portuguese, even though I get much less practice.

My experience suggests that if a translator's life circumstances give him/her the opportunity to become really fluent in a source language, this colleage will be strong translating from it into his/her mother tongue even if there is not much work in that pair .


 

Gudrun Wolfrath  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 07:35
English to German
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Two language (pair)s Nov 15, 2009

English-German and French-German, rarely vice versa (e. g. certificates).

 

Erzsébet Czopyk  Identity Verified
Hungary
Local time: 07:35
Member (2006)
Russian to Hungarian
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why not? Nov 16, 2009

Oliver Lawrence wrote:

An agency manager remarked to me last year that he tends to be wary of translators working in more than two pairs, as he would be concerned whether they can maintain expertise and keep up to date with more than a certain number of languages. Is there a view on this, in particular from any outsourcers out there?


Why being wary of translators working in more than two pairs? Do not judge anybody else, and the maintenance of expertise...it is depending on teh person's ability, intelligence, and many other factors. Personally me - as you asked for an agency representative - , well, I see no problem with this issue at all, and I work in more than two language pairs regularly. Moreover, sometimes I have to help my translators, therefore, sometimes I am forced to understand a language (for example, I had to identify teh type of the document in Spanish brought by the customer to the office late evening) which I do not speak at allicon_wink.gif


 


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