Poll: In which language do you write when quoting on a particular job?
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ProZ.com Staff
Local time: 20:41
Jul 7, 2012

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Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 04:41
Hebrew to English
English - my native language Jul 7, 2012

I don't tend to work with agencies/clients from my source language country so there's never a need to quote in anything other than English.


Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:41
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
My Lingua Franca Jul 7, 2012

is generally English with Japanese customers who have a good understanding of English. Some don't, so I'll communicate with them in Japanese.
It's no problem, just more time-consuming owing to the complexity of entering the 2,136 or so standard-use Chinese characters (that's what they're called even for the Japanese language) and two types of Japanese "kana" syllabaries. icon_cool.gif

And judging from what I've seen out there on the Internet, lots of people have immense difficulty with just 26 letters of the alphabet. icon_biggrin.gif

Isn't language fun!


Samantha Payn  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 04:41
Member (2008)
Russian to English
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The language of the enquiry or job post Jul 7, 2012

That was my reply but I am prompted to remark here, slightly off-topic, that I am confounded by posts advertising a translation job from language A to language B, where the post is in a third language. I don't respond to those at all!!!


Mario Chavez (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:41
English to Spanish
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The language the client communicates in Jul 7, 2012

Since translation is a communicative act, it would be silly and outlandish to answer a job posting in French in a language other than French, not to mention disrespectful. The answer seems obvious.

Indirectly, this poll question points to a common problem among job posters: their sometimes abysmal use of English. Even a typo such as "oppurtunity" (a real one I found in a LinkedIn group name!) is enough to dissuade even the most optimistic reader from contacting the author.


Local time: 05:41
French to German
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Usually the language in which the job has been published Jul 7, 2012

It is really rare that a job isn't published in English, so in the most cases I also write in this language. My native language is German, but it is no problem for me to speak and write in the English language because I can speak it very well. After the long time I learned English in school, I began to study computational linguistics which is partly teached in German, but also big parts are teached in English. That's why my English knowledges are very huge.


Nikki Scott-Despaigne  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:41
French to English
Language of first contact Jul 7, 2012

Job posts on ProZ are systematically below a break-even rate for me so I do not consider biding.

Otherwise, the answer is very straightforward : the native language of the client will be the language of all our exchanges.

[Edited at 2012-07-08 00:44 GMT]


neilmac  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:41
Spanish to English
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Other Jul 7, 2012

If responding in writing to proz adverts or other approaches, I either use my native English or target Spanish, depending on how the other party approaches me.
I tend to make the odd mistake in Spanish with subjunctives or pronouns, but if speaking I usually prefer to use Spanish with Spanish speakers, as my Castilian is usually more fluent than their English.


SteveMcD  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:41
German to English
My language, English Jul 9, 2012

Most e-mails I receive asking for translations are written in English as are many postings I see so I always reply in English. If I see a posting or receive an e-mail in German I reply in both English and German.
My thought is, if someone is looking for an English native speaker to translate, they get a better first impression if I respond in English (especialy if their request is in well-written English).


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