Poll: Do you find yourself translating in your sleep?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you find yourself translating in your sleep?".

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Francisco Rocha  Identity Verified
Brazil
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English to Spanish
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Yes, specially when I'm overloaded with work, they're not always nightmares but I tend to wake up worried in the middle of a dream where I'm translating.

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David Wheatley  Identity Verified
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German to English
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No. Dreaming in the foreign language, yes, but not translating in and out of it whilst sleeping.

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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
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Only twice - as far as I can recall. Once I dreamed that I was supposed to paint my translation in large letters on the walls of a huge hall (I hate climbing on ladders...). Another time I dreamed that all the letters I typed came out in watery and runny ink on my computer screen, and that I ended up using a hair dryer to keep the letters from running down the monitor.

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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Spanish to English
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No. It doesn't pay well enough...

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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 16:28
English to Spanish
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It is not very pleasant. Not only does it not pay, it robs you of sleep. In order to get proper rest, we need to get the brain "unwired" so it can recover properly. I have been struggling with that recently and hope to overcome it.

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Anna Sylvia Villegas Carvallo
Mexico
Local time: 17:28
English to Spanish
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I used to. Not any more. Don't know why. Probably I'm steadier and more secure about what I'm doing now... Might be.

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Spanish to English
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Henry, sometimes dreaming about a translation puts the mind at rest. Dearming helps with problem-solving. The point is that it shouldn't be a nightmare.

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xxxIlary

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www.proz.com/polls/8012 comments Feb 15, 2010

Sometimes I dream about doing a translation, or simultaneous interpreting (even if I'm no interpreter, I'm a translator). It used to happen more in the past, when I was an undergraduate student... actually, now I tend to dream about talking in a foreign language (English usually), no translating involved.

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