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Poll: How would you describe the process of looking up very hard-to-find words/terms?
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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 20:13
Member (2008)
English to Italian
other May 20, 2011

It can be boring if it is particularly time-consuming and the subject is not exactly interesting
it may be exciting, if the subject is interesting,
time consuming? no, it is part of the job, but saying it is just part of the job seems "unfair", I mean, a nice part of a translation is learning, and I repeat, it depends on the subject.


 

John Cutler  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 20:13
Spanish to English
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Other May 20, 2011

Perhaps, "Challenging"

It's true, it is time consuming, but it's a necessary part of producing a quality product.

The only problem I see is that the longer it takes to find a term, the more possibility there is of becoming sidetracked because of al the other interesting subjects that may pop up as you're searching.


 

Caroline T.  Identity Verified
Australia
Local time: 04:13
English to French
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exciting May 20, 2011

and time-consumig and part of the job.

All three really but I always find it enjoyable to discover new words, words that I will never ever encounter/use/see again!


 

B. D. Laux  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:13
Member (2009)
German to Norwegian
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Exciting AND too time consuming May 20, 2011



 

Emma Goldsmith  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 20:13
Member (2010)
Spanish to English
Other May 20, 2011

Almost always interesting.
Very satisfying (when you find just what you're looking for).
Frustrating (when you don't).

Defining it as exciting is a bit over the top, except in exceptional cases.


 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 20:13
Member (2009)
English to German
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Other May 20, 2011

It's part of the job, sometimes a challenge, sometimes exciting, sometimes boring, sometimes frustrating, especially with a tight deadline.

One thing the search for just the right term is definitely not: a waste of time - though time consuming. Even when I get sidetracked (which I try not to ), it's a learning experience. After all, there is no such thing as "learning too much"....
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It's part of the job, sometimes a challenge, sometimes exciting, sometimes boring, sometimes frustrating, especially with a tight deadline.

One thing the search for just the right term is definitely not: a waste of time - though time consuming. Even when I get sidetracked (which I try not to ), it's a learning experience. After all, there is no such thing as "learning too much".
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Amandine Added  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 19:13
Member (2010)
English to French
+ ...
Depends on deadline and subject... May 20, 2011

Thayenga wrote:
It's part of the job, sometimes a challenge, sometimes exciting, sometimes boring, sometimes frustrating, especially with a tight deadline.


[/quote] Emma wrote:
Very satisfying (when you find just what you're looking for).
Frustrating (when you don't).
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I think Thayenga and Emma said everything.....
Personally I kind of like the search even if it can be frustrating, time consuming and stressful when faced to a tight deadline...


 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 20:13
Member (2006)
German to English
time consuming May 20, 2011

and usually interesting at the same time. And with John, also challenging

 

Ahmad Kabiri
Iran
Local time: 22:43
Member (2011)
English to Farsi (Persian)
+ ...
It depends! May 20, 2011

If I come up with a very beautiful equivalent, or, at least reach a total understanding of the term, it will seem very exciting and interesting. Still it depends on the term itself, whether its complexity has worthed looking up very hard or not!

And it usually happens that I find the term or create a nice equivalent for it, hence mostly being exciting!


 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 20:13
Member (2003)
Danish to English
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I voted too time consuming, but that can be for a variety of reasons! May 20, 2011

It always takes too much time, but it is definitely part of the job.

I may get diverted into all sorts of side-alleys as I surf around the Net.

I have even been known to talk to a colleague for an hour... and she would certainly have known if I had remembered to ASK her, before getting sidetracked into a discussion of impossible deadlines, clients, weather... before she had to move on, and put the phon
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It always takes too much time, but it is definitely part of the job.

I may get diverted into all sorts of side-alleys as I surf around the Net.

I have even been known to talk to a colleague for an hour... and she would certainly have known if I had remembered to ASK her, before getting sidetracked into a discussion of impossible deadlines, clients, weather... before she had to move on, and put the phone down.

Here mails are a good idea.

At other times it is simply frustrating - there are billions or at least hundreds of hits, all totally useless.
And here I have to say thanks to the Scandinavian KudoZ community, who are amazingly knowledgeable and helpful - they have baled me out many times.

But as long as I can meet my deadline, yes, challenging, and always an interesting learning experience.

Happy translating!


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Patricia Prevost  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 20:13
English to Spanish
+ ...
Other May 20, 2011

Time-consuming + a necessary part of our job + but quite often even exciting.

 

Andrea Munhoz  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 15:13
Portuguese to English
+ ...
Finally in Heaven May 20, 2011

I love my work and I finally got into a position where I can afford not taking tight deadlines. So, it's always exciting "hunting" a stubborn terms

 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 11:13
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
+ ...
It depends on the frequency May 20, 2011

I agree it can be fun and fascinating if I am really interested in the subject.

On the other hand, I recently had a job that required research in almost every sentence - even colleagues on KudoZ were stumped. The deadline was tight, and the research became very stressful. I felt as if I was plowing through quicksand.


 

Manticore (X)  Identity Verified

Local time: 20:13
English to German
+ ...
if you do it May 20, 2011

yourself it's exciting. If you ABUSE peers it's lack of lateral thinking.

 
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