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Poll: Are you a translator or interpreter by education?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Are you a translator or interpreter by education?".

This poll was originally submitted by Michał Krzysztof Dzieńdziura. View the poll results »



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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Other Nov 26, 2013

I've always leaned towards languages throughout my l¡fe and education, but have no specific translation qualification.

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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I majored in languages and linguistics starting in high school and wrote my Ph.D. dissertation on translation theory.

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Nicole Schroth  Identity Verified
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No, but languages have always been a part of my life Nov 26, 2013

I am convinced that it takes more than your native tongue to properly express your feelings or describe processes. Every language has its own "field of expertise", it seems. During my career I found myself bouncing back and forth between languages and science, first leading to a career abroad, and now finally pulling me into the world of translations.

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Marjolein Snippe  Identity Verified
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Other Nov 26, 2013

I am a virologist/biochemist by training, then got my Diploma in Translation.

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M. Anna Kańduła  Identity Verified
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Other Nov 26, 2013

I studied languages and had some lectures and classes on translation, but it wasn't the main direction of the studies.

Still, those few classes were enough to make me realise "Oh, I want to do that for a living!"


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Mónica Algazi  Identity Verified
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Yep Nov 26, 2013

By profession -and passion.

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peter jackson  Identity Verified
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Yes Nov 26, 2013

A degree in Hispanic Studies and the IOL Diploma in translation. However, I still feel i have some way to go before being such a proficient translator as some of the people who use this website who do not in fact have direct linguistic qualificatiosn.

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Heather McCrae  Identity Verified
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Yes Nov 26, 2013

BSc Chemistry with German
MA in Translation


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xxxnrichy
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Yes Nov 26, 2013

At age 32 I went back to university and after two years got certification for the work I already did. Then my boss decided that I was becoming too expensive.

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
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はい、そうです。 Nov 26, 2013

That's Japanese for "Yep! Sure am."

Primed by 7 years of Latin and 4 years of Greek at grammar school, not forgetting 5 years of French and a year of Russian. Followed by 4 years of Japanese (Hons, thank you) at London University (just wanted to do something different!).
Translation into and from Japanese accounted for a large part of my degree.

All this was just a launching pad for my career here -- I've been translating just over 30 years, primarily for industry.

And, still going strong!

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[Edited at 2013-11-27 01:49 GMT]


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erika rubinstein  Identity Verified
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Ridiculous Nov 26, 2013

How can you answer a "or" question with yes or no?

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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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As a virologist, I have a question for you Nov 26, 2013

Marjolein Snippe wrote:

I am a virologist/biochemist by training, then got my Diploma in Translation.


What do you think of the movie World War Z?


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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Simple Nov 26, 2013

erika rubinstein wrote:

How can you answer a "or" question with yes or no?


You just qualify your answer with a “Yes, as a translator” or “No, I'm not an interpreter by education.”

But the solecism is quite apparent. However, please keep in mind that the poll utility here at Proz is aged and not very flexible when it comes to the length of questions.

All the same, the pollster could have phrased the question more accurately by the use of proper punctuation, to wit:

Are you a translator, or an interpreter, by education?

Amazing what punctuation can do.


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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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RE: Are you a translator, or an interpreter, by education? Yes. Nov 26, 2013

Yes. Yes, I am.

Or: Yes and no.

How?

Yes, I'm a translator by training (i.e. education: a BA and a MA)
No, I'm not an interpreter by training.

After years of toting my BA in Translation around, it was not enough for me; I needed to go back to school and meet a challenge.

Now, I could go for a doctorate, but it's not in the cards. Instead, I teach translation, which is a very satisfying activity.


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