Poll: A world without translators/interpreters would be:
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Difficult, would be my guess.
And utopic.

It's just not possible - unless we'd all speak the same language without accent and dialects.


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Parrot  Identity Verified
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Other: When was that, I wonder? Formal activity's been documented since Egyptian times, and it's to be supposed the informal setting existed.

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Suzan Hamer  Identity Verified
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Babel-onia? Confused?

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Anke Formann  Identity Verified
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Sad. All the things we would lose and never know if we were not able to communicate with people from other cultures and countries.

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Catherine Winzer  Identity Verified
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...manically trying to learn lots of foreign languages, perhaps?! If no-one translated or interpreted, it would be imperative for people to speak other languages themselves.


But I voted "divided", as I imagine there would be little contact or communication between peoples if there were little possibility of understanding one another.


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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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Dull.... as the diversity that creates the need of translators would not exist.

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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If we're talking about written translation, and we assume that monks were writing books but not translating them, then possibly two centuries behind where we are today. Communication would be like it was in the 1700s, in the early days of printed books and on the threshold of the industrial revolution. People might find out about life in other countries, but innovations would travel much more slowly. Progress would be happening, but at a much, much slower pace.


I once translated a series of documents written in Brazil in the mid-1700s. Ordinary people did not try to read other languages, but ideas traveled. The colonists copied pictures of machines and buildings from European sources.


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Luciana E. Lovatto  Identity Verified
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It would be more diverse... every culture would be purer maybe without so much globalization.

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Rebecca Garber  Identity Verified
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Ahistorical


There is evidence of translators and interpreters being involved in every civilization for which we have written records. While it is true that most people did/do not need the services of translators/interpreters, those who lived/live on linguistic borders (including ordinary people) and those involved in governance have always made use of our services.


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Catherine Winzer  Identity Verified
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Yes, the lack of globalization crossed my mind, too. That would definitely have advantages, but we would also be less able to appreciate the diversity if we couldn't communicate.

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Parrot  Identity Verified
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Many scientists from the Enlightenment fit the profile. Some (Humboldt comes to mind) struggled with their source languages (his was Spanish) and published with their translators beside them (his were French). They got so close the translator eventually became his biographer.

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Miroslav Jeftic  Identity Verified
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It would be great if everybody used only one language or if we had some kind of Star Trek-like translating device.

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PRAKAASH  Identity Verified
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Hi friends,


Just a thought that it would be a wonderful world however it is next to impossible to have a world without interpreters and translators.



Because for this to happen, it will be necessary to have less number of used languages all over the world. May be, boundaries will not bear so many restrictions of visas, passports and other formalities. It would be the height of globalization, I feel. Anyone will become free to work and live anywhere in this world.



O imagination.....



But, reality is that number of languages will stay or say, increase. It cannot be restricted to a small number of one or two only. Hence, we will have our jobs for sure. Machine can never take our place, try as much as you can. But, you cannot insert emotions and feeling of source and target language into a machine translation.



If such a world would have been there, I am sure, variety of opportunities would have been opened in front of us.


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Sara Senft  Identity Verified
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What about the potential dangers of not having interpreters or translators? Some times, our services save lives.

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