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Poll: Do you listen to music while working?
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David Wright  Identity Verified
Austria
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Not while dictating Jan 11, 2011

but while proofreading or typing.

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Yasutomo Kanazawa  Identity Verified
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No Jan 11, 2011

Since I get easily distracted and start singing with all the original lyrics mixed with the material I'm translating or proofreading.

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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Occasionally Jan 11, 2011

If I have a relatively relaxed schedule, I will sometimes listen to the radio, but I do find it distracting. I also find that if I put it on, the probability of receiving a phone call and thus having to switch it off again increases massively.

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keelin feeney  Identity Verified
Ireland
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Yes, always Jan 11, 2011

I always listen to the radio while translating as otherwise, I will get caught up in the noise outside, e.g. kids coming home from school and playing ball, neighbours chatting, etc. I listen to a 24-hour music station though and not people giving interviews as discussions would be too disruptive.

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Elena Carbonell  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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Yes, most of the times Jan 11, 2011

I like to listen to barroque music when I feel I loose my concentration. It wakes me up.
Otherwise I listen to my CDs on the computer: the Wainwrights (Loudon, Rufus and Martha), the Divine Comedy, David Byrne, Joan as a policewoman, Antony and the Johnsons, Pink Martini...you name it.
What I hardly do is to listen to songs in Spanish since that's the language I translate to.


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Gwenydd Jones  Identity Verified
Spain
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Sometimes Jan 11, 2011

I like a bit of jazz towards the end of the day... I tend to find music with lyrics too distracting.

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Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
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Sometimes Jan 11, 2011

Never while translating.
Usually I listen to music while proofreading and/or post-editing. The volume is kept low while listening either to my own CDs (Native American, native Hawaiian) or, depending on my mood, to a variety of music on YouTube - without watching the videos, of course.


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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
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German to English
Always Jan 11, 2011

My radio is always running in the background

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Oliver Lawrence  Identity Verified
Italy
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I used to in my old job, Jan 11, 2011

...with headphones, to provide a bit of impetus and help concentrate in an office environment with others on the telephone. This worked because if I couldn't hear my own phone ringing then someone would wave or hoy something at me to attract my attention. Now in my current one-man office, the headphones have had to go .

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casey
United States
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Always Jan 11, 2011

I always have the (Internet) radio on. I think it helps keep my brain working in English while I read Japanese text. I actually can't imagine working without music on.

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Anja Weggel  Identity Verified
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No Jan 11, 2011

I love the silence

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Mami Y.  Identity Verified
Japan
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Depends on types of music Jan 11, 2011

Songs with no lyrics such as classical and orgel music make me concentrate better.

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Dr. Matthias Schauen  Identity Verified
Germany
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English to German
Always Jan 11, 2011

One of the key benefits of being a freelancer working from home is that I can listen to my music the whole day long. It's just great. I listen to my personal internet radio (last.fm), playing jazz, funk, soul and rock.

While music helps me to stay focused when translating, it seems to distract me when proofreading.


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Sonia Hill
United Kingdom
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Italian to English
Sometimes Jan 11, 2011

I quite like listening to classical music when working, but I find anything with lyrics too distracting most of the time. If it is a very complicated job, I prefer total silence!

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