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Poll: Would you be able to teach the language(s) you work with?
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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 21:24
Member
German to English
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No Feb 27, 2013

Simply because I am rubbish at teaching!

 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 22:24
Member (2006)
German to English
No Feb 27, 2013

not really, because it is the same as when translating, so many other non native English speakers can "always do it better" ....

 

Wolfgang Jörissen  Identity Verified
Belize
Dutch to German
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The answer I am missing here is... Feb 27, 2013

Yes, but hell why should I?

 

Georgia Morgan  Identity Verified
Portugal
Local time: 21:24
Member (2011)
Portuguese to English
which language? Feb 27, 2013

I work with two, my native langauge and my source language. Which one is meant here?

 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 21:24
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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No Feb 27, 2013

As Mary says, I am also rubbish at teaching and I work with 4 languages...

 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 22:24
Member (2009)
English to German
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I did Feb 27, 2013

Once upon a time... No, I did teach 2 of my working languages, but find that I no longer have the time to do so.icon_smile.gif

 

Noni Gilbert  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 22:24
Spanish to English
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Teaching the language improves your knowledge of it. Feb 27, 2013

I've found this to be the case. But I have also found that if I'm doing a course I have to take my "translator" hat off so that it doesn't interfere.

 

Debbie Nevo  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:24
Hebrew to English
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Translation taught in schools Feb 27, 2013

Slightly off-topic, but here in Israel, there exists an option for high schools to teach English to Hebrew translation as a subject. I attended a talk given by the woman who runs the course (i.e. she teaches the English teachers to teach translation). She says that teachers find it hard to cope with the idea of questions that don't necessarily have a correct answer.

 

Gilla Evans  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:24
Spanish to English
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Yes I could, but no I don't Feb 27, 2013

I briefly taught two of my acquired languages and my native language a long time ago and found that I am not a gifted teacher. I like translating and I dislike teaching, which is why I do what I do...

 

Helen Hagon  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:24
Member (2011)
Russian to English
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I used to Feb 27, 2013

I'm afraid I have to disagree with Noni. I used to teach languages in a school and found that, after a few years of 'Bon jor je apple Ben. Je swee canz' my languages began to deteriorate as I ended up copying the students' mistakes. Maybe it is different if you teach at a higher level but, for me, translating is much more linguistically demanding, whereas teaching is challenging in other ways Perhaps it is also different if you combine teaching and translating, but I didn't.

 

Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 22:24
Member (2012)
English to Danish
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Yes, of course Feb 27, 2013

I taught English for several years, primarily to business people and professionals.

 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 05:24
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Yes, definitely Feb 27, 2013

In fact, I would love to teach a J>E technical translation course or unit at SOAS, London while doing an M.A. in Asian language studies or something. It would help pay the bills and would be "payback" to my alma mater. icon_smile.gif

 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 22:24
Member (2003)
Danish to English
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I would be a hopeless teacher Feb 27, 2013

Teaching does not appeal, and I would not be good at it.

If it was my only chance of making a living, I could get hold of some study material and help students through it, but not young children.

I love children and spent some very happy years as a volunteer in a pre-school play group, but this only convinces me that I have not got what it takes to teach children!

With grateful thanks to all those who have or had, and sent me in the right direction!


 

Marcus Malabad  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 22:24
Member (2002)
German to English
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No Feb 27, 2013

I'd be throwing chairs and chalk (and students) out of frustration after one week

 
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