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Poll: Have you met famous people thanks to your job?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Have you met famous people thanks to your job?".

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ANNA PRIGHIPAKI
Greece
Local time: 14:19
English to Greek
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Yes Nov 1, 2010

I used to work in a company as Managing Director and I met several politicians and journalists (TV, radio) during the presentation/advertising of a cultural product in the creation of which I had participated (translation, proofreading).

 

Anne-Carine Zimmer  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 04:19
Member (2004)
German to English
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Yes Nov 1, 2010

I got to work with John Cleese for two days once - that was a very interesting experience.

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Karin


 

Mary Worby  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 12:19
Member
German to English
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No, but ... Nov 1, 2010

... I once did a series of jobs for a famous Formula One racing team owner importing a car from Germany. But all dealings went through his secretary!

It's the nearest I get to brushing with the rich and famous through work!


 

Dejan Škrebić  Identity Verified
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Local time: 13:19
English to Serbian
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Mostly locally Nov 1, 2010

I used to work as interpreter/translator for Center for Geostrategic Research in Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina), and used to meet most of the prominent national politicians, but internationally the most prominent person was Johan Galtung (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johan_Galtung).

 

Alexander Kondorsky  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 14:19
English to Russian
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Yes Nov 1, 2010

I interpreted for senior government officials of the U.S. and Russian Federation (ministers).

 

Nesrin  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 12:19
English to Arabic
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Not at all but... Nov 1, 2010

my closest brush with fame was a cheque I received from Warner Bros for translating a list of foods and spices into Arabic, apparently for the then upcoming Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie starring Jonny Depp. I got the film on DVD and scanned every corner of the screen for a single word written in Arabic (and why would there be any Arabic-language spices in the chocolate factory??) and even the deleted scenes, but nothing. Oh well. The cheque's gone now, but at least I still have Warner Bros mentioned somewhere in my accounts.icon_smile.gif

 

Michal Glowacki  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 13:19
Member (2010)
English to Polish
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Once Nov 1, 2010

As an interpreter I was working for a Polish cultural institute, which organised a Russian year in Poland. During one of those events I met the Polish First Lady at the time. I also had the chance to meet the best Russian Ballet dancers (meaning the bet in the World).

 

Sam21
Qatar
Local time: 14:19
Arabic to English
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Pardon me, Nov 1, 2010

is this about "meeting" famous "people" or simply about coming across global entities? Never, personally!

Either way, I believe that interpreters might have a better chance here than translators.

[Edited at 2010-11-01 09:36 GMT]


 

xxxavsie  Identity Verified
Local time: 13:19
English to French
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SDL Nov 1, 2010

Does Paul Filkin of SDL count as a famous person? icon_razz.gif

 

Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
Cyprus
Local time: 14:19
Turkish to English
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Yes Nov 1, 2010

I would say yes, but it all depends on how you define 'famous'.

 

Nigel Greenwood  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 13:19
Member (2008)
Spanish to English
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Yes Nov 1, 2010

During one of my jobs, I had to directly negotiate interior decoration with VIPs in some Arab countries; I handled the style and decoration with the VIP and the 'business' part (pricing, terms of payment, etc.) with their accountants/staff. Perhaps the most "famous" of these VIPs was the previous leader of Iraq. I negotiated the turn-key interior decoration of one of his palaces.

Nevertheless, I still consider all my clients as important people.

Have a great dayicon_smile.gif

Nigel.


[Edited at 2010-11-01 10:19 GMT]


 

La Classe  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:49
French to English
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Yes Nov 1, 2010

Yes, I met many politicians, ministers, foreign delegates during my interpretation.

 

maryblack  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 06:19
Member (2013)
Spanish to English
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Hugh Hefner and his bunnies Nov 1, 2010

Now, I don't usually work as an interpreter; translating is more my thing. But when I got the chance to interpret for Hugh and his Bunnies (that part was particularly easyicon_wink.gif) on 80th birthday tour of Europe I couldn't pass it up!

 

A. Petrunova
Bulgaria
Local time: 14:19
Swedish to English
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Torgny Lindgren Nov 1, 2010

Well, I wasn't technically a translator at the time, I was still a student, and that was my only experience of interpreting (I only translate in writing, I do not interpret). But I did interpret for him when he was being interviewed. I was impressed by how down-to-earth he was, he was really very nice. And very understanding of the challenges of interpretation.

 
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