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Poll: Do you dedicate time for learning outside of your working hours?
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Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
Cyprus
Local time: 14:54
Turkish to English
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Yes Jul 11, 2013

As a legal translator, I try to read through a few pages of a law text book each evening.

 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 13:54
Spanish to English
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Other Jul 11, 2013

Not regularly. I think I learn quite a bit by working anyway.
However, last winter I took driving lessons and sat my test in Spanish, which was interesting on several levels, such as attending a class on a regular basis as a student rather than a teacher. I found the change in my routine refreshing may do something similar next year.


 

Allison Wright  Identity Verified
Portugal
Local time: 12:54
German to English
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Yes Jul 11, 2013

The learning is not formal though. It takes the form of reading articles on the Internet, and watching TED talks!

 

Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
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No Jul 11, 2013

Doesn't that make them working hours?

 

Anna Spanoudaki-Thurm  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 13:54
Member (2009)
German to Greek
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I need to Jul 11, 2013

I need to learn. From this point of view translating (in my fields at least) is good for me as I do learn new things almost with every job. Still, I do follow seminars and online courses in my "free" time to keep my brain fit and to develop a better understanding in my specialisations.

 

Audrey Pate
Italy
Local time: 13:54
Italian to English
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Constantly learning Jul 11, 2013

As the mother of two teenage daughters I learn something new every day.

Recently I learned that when travelling by bus it is just not cool to hold on with two hands instead of one, as this is apparently excruciatingly embarrassing behaviour.


 

John Cutler  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 13:54
Spanish to English
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Yes Jul 11, 2013

Last year I took several university classes. This year it's all a bit more informal. I never miss an opportunity to watch a good documentary and it's amazing how much can be learned from them.

 

Magdalena Rezacova  Identity Verified
Czech Republic
Member (2013)
English to Czech
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Yes, documentaries! Jul 11, 2013

I agree with John that documentaries can be a good source of learning. That is also why I like to translate them. And in addition, while watching a documentary you do not have to feel remorse that you spend time in front of TVicon_smile.gif TED talks, as Allison mentioned, are great as well.
Anyway, I love to learn new things in any form. It is almost my hobby. I love attending various courses and reading non-fiction books (particularly law and religion – my main specialisations) whenever I have time. Plus, having a 10-year-old son, I can brush up on all the stuff I learned years ago.


 

Kay Denney  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 13:54
Member (Apr 2018)
French to English
Audrey! Jul 11, 2013

Audrey Pate wrote:

As the mother of two teenage daughters I learn something new every day.

Recently I learned that when travelling by bus it is just not cool to hold on with two hands instead of one, as this is apparently excruciatingly embarrassing behaviour.



You might do well to sign up for a course in witchcraft, I'm sure you'd be allowed to hold your broom with both hands, and Stupefying teenagers can be immensely satisfying!


 

Melanie Maiwald-Meylahn  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 13:54
English to German
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Yes Jul 11, 2013

Yes, I agree with what Magdalena said about learning being a hobby.

Attending courses, going to seminars, watching webinars, and reading specialist books on law, economics, and medicine is one of my hobbies. It is fun to learn something new.

Normally, I read a couple of pages of a specialist book every night. And I love to take the free online courses on "coursera" and on "edX".

I was attending an Italian language class for many months and I was enjoying that very much. All the other students were really nice and after class we often went for a cup of coffee together. I stopped going to these classes because of a lack of time, but I really miss them.


 

Mario Chavez (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:54
English to Spanish
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Learning outside Jul 11, 2013

Chris S wrote:

Doesn't that make them working hours?


No. Otherwise, you were “working” when you were attending college.


 

Mario Chavez (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:54
English to Spanish
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I knew that! Jul 11, 2013

Audrey Pate wrote:

As the mother of two teenage daughters I learn something new every day.

Recently I learned that when travelling by bus it is just not cool to hold on with two hands instead of one, as this is apparently excruciatingly embarrassing behaviour.



When I was a teenager (and later, as a college student), I knew holding on to the handle or bar with both hands was girly icon_smile.gif)


 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 13:54
Member (2006)
German to English
No Jul 11, 2013

No time, have a family, children, etc. If I did start with something regular, then I would have to have the time for it which I cannot put aside

 

Mario Chavez (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:54
English to Spanish
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There's formal, informal, casual, and in-between learning Jul 11, 2013

John Cutler wrote:

Last year I took several university classes. This year it's all a bit more informal. I never miss an opportunity to watch a good documentary and it's amazing how much can be learned from them.


It may sound trite, but we are constantly learning. However, learning as organized behavior is a different activity altogether.

Right in the middle of my second year as a full-time translator, I was itching to go back to college, but I didn't know what to study, since I already had a BA in translation. It took me a few more years to make up my mind on a field, so I picked technical writing (two classes in college towards a degree that I never pursued).

Years later (2005) I did go back to college to pursue a master's in translation studies in Argentina. After a few months, however, I quit because the content was too theoretical and didn't draw from real-life, market-based situations. So I took up an online master's in Audiovisual Translation with the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, did all the modules, submitted my thesis (which I published in 2011) and graduated.

Now I'm going back to college for two reasons. The most immediate goal: study French (...and become a French translator in a few years!). Then, graphic design and typography.

As for documentaries, I am with John and Magdalena on that. I watch How it's Made because I learn about industrial processes that may come in handy. Plus I have an insatiable curiosity. I never outgrew the “Why?” years.


 
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