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Poll: Translation: a passion or just a job? (choose the closest to your feelings)
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Translation: a passion or just a job? (choose the closest to your feelings)".

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Nigel Greenwood  Identity Verified
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A passion... Jul 24, 2011

It is Sunday at 1:05 pm where I live and I have been working since 7:00 am and will continue until about 6:00 am and again at 6:00 pm tomorrow, need I say more.

Have a great day all of you:)
Nigel

[Edited at 2011-07-24 11:09 GMT]


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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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A job that has become a passion and vice versa Jul 24, 2011

Translating has always been one of my passions, which has turned into a job.
While translating has become a job, the passion for it grew. So it's actually both.


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John Cutler  Identity Verified
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Which came first..? Jul 24, 2011

I've always been a both/and rather than either/or kind of person. This is a sort of "the chicken or the egg" type question.

Like Thayenga, I'd say this is just a job that I happen to be passionate about. On the other hand, I'd also be passionate about any other job I had. If you're going to do anything, you might as well put your heart and soul into it.


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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
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in my case a passion that became a job

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Antonio Fajardo  Identity Verified
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A job Jul 24, 2011

Sure it's a passion, since it's a job I chose. But if I have to choose one option, I choose a job.

I am not an engineer/lawyer/doctor who knows languages, translates as a hobby and therefore can accept low rates because he has already another salary.

I am a translator, all my education is related to translation (mainly economic and legal) and I try to have a "real salary" since this is my "real job", not just my free-time hobby. And, of course, I love my job.

Please don't take this as an attack to people who translates part-time or as a complement to their salary. Take it as an attack to those accepting insulting rates, regardless if they are engineers, lawyers, doctors, "professional translators" or, why not, all at the same time.

P.S. Maybe the results of the poll are letting us understand better why rates are so low in some cases?


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Williamson  Identity Verified
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Too much passion. Jul 24, 2011

Antonio Fajardo wrote:

P.S. Maybe the results of the poll are letting us understand better why rates are so low in some cases?


Too much passion and too little calculation of how much one wants to earn per day/month/annum.
Translation is just a job.


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Iza Szczypka  Identity Verified
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Just the opposite here :) Jul 24, 2011

Gianluca Marras wrote:
in my case a passion that became a job


A side job that became a passion and eventually turned full-time when I started to perceive my previous (teaching) job as an obstacle.
And I also voted 'Other'.


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Terry Richards
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Agree... Jul 24, 2011

Antonio Fajardo wrote:
P.S. Maybe the results of the poll are letting us understand better why rates are so low in some cases?


I came here to see exactly that.

T.


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Angie Garbarino  Identity Verified
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Other (both) Jul 24, 2011

A passion and a job, I am lucky to be able to do the job I love.

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Cecilia Civetta  Identity Verified
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Agree Jul 24, 2011

Williamson wrote:
Too much passion and too little calculation of how much one wants to earn per day/month/annum.
Translation is just a job.


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telefpro
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magnificient obsession Jul 24, 2011

Here with me, translation has been a passion or rather an obsession.

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David Wright  Identity Verified
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Somewhere between Jul 24, 2011

It's not a passion - that's something I would do for virtually nothing simply because I love doing it (if someone asked me to write a symphony or conduct an orchestra, or direct a production of The Tempest, I'd do that for free), and I would do it at all times of day and night. I translate for money; I do it at strictly limited times. That to me is not a passion. However, it's more than a job, mainly because it allows me to be my own boss. I'd never want to go back to being employed; moreover translation can be fun and fascinating, and gives me more insights into other aspects of life than I think any other job (the stuff I have learned about over the last 30 years should really entitled me to a degree in Jack of all Trades). So yes, it's a job, it's a kind of entertainment and it's certainly an education.

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svenfrade  Identity Verified
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How? Jul 24, 2011

Antonio Fajardo wrote:
P.S. Maybe the results of the poll are letting us understand better why rates are so low in some cases?


How would you be able to deduce from the poll results why rates can be low? Are high rates and feeling passionate about translating mutually exclusive? I don't think so...


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Teresa Borges
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Both! Jul 24, 2011

A passion + a job...

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