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Poll: Do you ever feel lonely/isolated as a translator/interpreter?
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Yasutomo Kanazawa  Identity Verified
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Never Jan 10, 2011

At least I don't have to cope with incompetent and obnoxious people in the office and save their behind whenever they scxxx up.

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Romain Galati  Identity Verified
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Hobbies Jan 10, 2011

I think it is really important to have hobbies when you are translator and say for example twice a week I will do this or that activity, like sports or other associations, meeting friends, etc. so that you see people in real life.

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
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Never Jan 10, 2011

as well, loads of work, family and freinds. Sometime I wish I had more time for myself though

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Anja Weggel  Identity Verified
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not in 2011 Jan 10, 2011

Maybe 20 years ago without internet and other electronic devices, it felt a bit lonely...
But today, with e-mail, chat, Proz, I "talk" to so many people every day that I certainly don't feel lonely. And as someone else already said... at least I do not have to deal with obnoxious colleagues or other people in an office. I am quite happy by myself


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Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
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Not at all (not really) Jan 10, 2011

Being alone, especially while working, is not a synonym for being lonely or isolated.

The fact that I can focus on my work without any colleagues buzzing around, wanting this or that, and preferably yesterday, play too important a role to even allow for the slightest sense of loneliness to appear.

Aside from thosee who belong to the world outside my office, there are so many people to chat with - business and privately - that I sometimes wish there would be time to withdraw - if only for a few moments.

Furthermore, both loneliness and isolation begin in the mind. Therefore, my creed is to live in "mind over matter" style.


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Oliver Lawrence  Identity Verified
Italy
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No Jan 10, 2011

There are so many ways nowadays to maintain (virtual and real) contact with colleagues, customers and friends even when working from home.

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John Cutler  Identity Verified
Spain
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More cooped up than isolated. Jan 10, 2011

I suppose translators who live alone or in remote places might feel a bit lonely. I, on the other hand, am married, have 3 kids and live in the middle of a manageable-sized city. I can step out the front door of my building and bump into and chat with neighbors and other locals any time.

I wouldn't say I feel isolated, but I do feel cooped up at home. I'd prefer to be out and about and moving around a little more than I do now. I'm more likely to go stir crazy than feel alone.


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xxxInterlangue
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No Jan 10, 2011

Never in my professional life!

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Simon Bruni  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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No but Jan 10, 2011

A lot can be gained from discussing work with colleagues.

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Amandine Added  Identity Verified
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Sometimes but not that much Jan 10, 2011

Hi everyone !
After having worked for ten years within Offices and with a lot of colleagues, I must admit that I was used to have someone to talk to during long days or faced to a problem or an awful client always asking for something. So at first, it was hard being alone and not having that separation between personal and professional life.

Then I discovered the enjoyment of working home according to my own schedule with no boss over my shoulder and no despicable colleague ready to walk on your body at the first chance to take on your job)) and the relative freedom to choose your assignment.

So, now i'd say I feel lonely sometime because I started only a few months ago as freelance so I do not know that much of colleague and am not much of a specialist with Internet technologies, but I'm getting used to it and I hope that within next year this feeling will have totally disappeared.


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Rocio Barrientos  Identity Verified
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Yes... Jan 10, 2011

I miss co-workers, I miss an office environment, with small talk and board meetings, I even miss driving to work, and having to dress-up every day, etc.

On the other hand, freelancing gives me the opportunity to be with my children, it gives me the opportunity of not missing out many things in their lives, such as their school activities and life during their teenage years, it gives me the opportunity to be a more involved mom, and host a lunch for 6 of their friends on the spur of the moment, and it gives me the opportunity to help them with homework, etc.

I do miss people with whom to discuss work stuff... maybe that is what I miss the most, team work.

But the benefits outweigh the drawbacks


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Marlene Blanshay  Identity Verified
Canada
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not really Jan 10, 2011

sometimes, like John, I do get a bit stir crazy and would like to get out. I'm a communicator by nature and like to chat with others. In the winter especially, you can get cabin fever. And there are times I wish I had colleagues to chat with or go out after work.

But then I think of the jobs I've had in offices. The horrible environments and annoying people, or the places that people I know work at. I just have to read True Office confessions! and remember all the awful job interviews and what it's like out there. Then I mostly feel lucky to be able to work on my own, choose my own assignments, have cordial and respectful work relationships with people and not have to deal with people if i don't want to. Then I think eh...a little bit of isolation isn't so bad!!


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Joanna Hald  Identity Verified
Poland
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Not at all! Jan 10, 2011

We are both translators working at home - I enjoy our breakfasts and dinners and the funny way we help each other (English, German, Danish, Norwegian in one home office). Then facebook - it keeps me close to my friends, although it's only virtual contact. Anyway, sometimes our conversations and gossiping are as vivid as with real people in the office And I must discipline my self to work without distractions.

And the are also 3 furry co-workers, who are wonderful company - Benedict, Theodore and Honda - I feel it's a big priviledge to work close to my lovely cats.


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Adnan Özdemir  Identity Verified
Turkey
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Sometimes yes (past)... Jan 10, 2011

In the past (before wifi & 3G) i was isolated sometimes. Specially during great projects.

Since 4-5 years i am mobile, i love nature tambien translation. Tech is super, me too


Saludos desde Anatolia
Anadolu'dan selamlar


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