Poll: Do you think about work while driving, falling asleep or when others are talking to you?
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May 24, 2010

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Tatty  Identity Verified
Local time: 04:49
Spanish to English
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No way May 24, 2010

All such moments are a welcome break from work. Why would a translation play on your mind so much?


Interlangue (X)
Local time: 04:49
English to French
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Very often May 24, 2010

... at least about the subject.
I choose to watch TV programmes that are related to my (favourite) subjects, even holiday travels are often connected to translation(s), as research on a topic for instance, or I bump into situations, names or places I translated about earlier.
I admitted I am a workaholic in a previous poll, didn't I?icon_wink.gif


Local time: 04:49
Italian to English
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most of the waking day May 24, 2010

I have to admit that I'm the same as Interlangue. Lots of reading and films are stored as possible fodder for inspiration. Sometimes I can't help wondering "What would that be in English?".

For the most part it's down to the simple reason that translation is my bread and butter. I think about what I have to do the next day, how to rearrange my schedule, I might mull over difficult documents/terms, etc. As we've all said a million other times, working freelance means thinking about the business side of things too, so invoicing, finances, taxes, some more taxes, clients, etc.

Either that or the person speaking I'm speaking to is immensely boring...:)


Cristina Heraud-van Tol  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:49
Member (2005)
English to Spanish
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No May 24, 2010

I disconnect myself completely when I am not in a non-work-related activity, and simply enjoy the moment.


Kimberlee Thorne-Harper
United States
Local time: 20:49
Member (2005)
Spanish to English
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I'm obsessed with work! May 24, 2010

I have to admit that I'm constantly thinking about all the commitments I have to fulfill, and sometimes it doesn't allow me to enjoy times with my family.

However, I am getting better at taking things more calmly and accepting my limitations as to what I'm able and unable to do and am focusing more on what I like doing rather than what I "have to do", and that helps a lot.

It's a product of being an American I guess - all we think about is work, work, work - but that's changing since I moved to Argentina - a slow change though...


Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Local time: 04:49
Member (2006)
German to English
yes May 24, 2010

me too, as I am involved in technical translations, when I drive on the Autobahn, i do actually look at the lorries when driving past them to see if the device is actually there where I have translated it (or similar with other objects).
And sometimes when I have a topic which is a bit difficult, and somthing goes into my head when someone else is speaking about something else then that triggers my brain as well


JaneTranslates  Identity Verified
Puerto Rico
Local time: 22:49
Member (2005)
Spanish to English
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I answered "yes, sometimes," but... May 24, 2010

I chose the only appropriate answer available: "Yes, sometimes." If there had been an option of "occasionally" or even "rarely," that would have been my choice.


Teresa Borges
Local time: 03:49
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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I even dream about translation... May 24, 2010

but me too I did admit being an workaholic in a previous poll!


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