Poll: Do you enjoy your work as a translator/interpreter?
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Teresa Borges
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Yes, definitely! Dec 28, 2013

I wouldn't do it for so long (a few years part-time + over 30 years full-time), if I didn't enjoy it...

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Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
Cyprus
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To an extent Dec 28, 2013

I find the actual process of translating to be akin to torture, but when I sit back and do the final review, if I feel that I have done a good job, I experience a glowing sense of satisfaction and achievement.

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Danuta Loetz  Identity Verified
Germany
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separate! Dec 28, 2013

Translating good texts is about one of my favourite activities, so much that I don't consider it to be work at all.
In my early days I did also some interpreting lured by an employer, one of the major radio stations. They were so delighted that I was offered a job... as an apprentice anchor, but probably not because of my interpreting skills.
Well, I certainly didn't enjoy the stress and pressure of consecutive interpreting.


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Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
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Absolutely Dec 28, 2013

If I didn't enjoy being a translator, I'd go find another job.

Sometimes it's a little stressful, but most of the time it's a genuine pleasure, especially when the projects are within my preferred fields.

I was once "recruited" as an interpreter (aside from helping out now and then during my employment as an in-house translator) at a convention of all non-German speakers. That day my respect for interpreters increased tremendously. It was fun, but it's not my cup of tea.


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Allison Wright  Identity Verified
Portugal
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Yes, definitely. Dec 28, 2013

I do not enjoy interruptions when translatiing.
Translating is definitely one of my favourite things.


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Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
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Yes Dec 28, 2013

I have never had a more satisfying job.
And working via the Internet from home is also great!
- at least now at my age- might have been different 20 years ago.


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Yaotl Altan  Identity Verified
Mexico
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Yes Dec 28, 2013

Of course, I have met wonderful people from many countries, I have traveled and a wider culture now. Yes, translation is a wonderful profession. I hope automatic translation will never destroy our beloved profession.

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Maria Johansson  Identity Verified
Sweden
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stimulating Dec 28, 2013

Translation work is fantastically stimulating, I would love to quit my other job and do only translation 100%, a dream I am hoping will come true next year.

[Edited at 2013-12-28 18:57 GMT]


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Elías Sauza  Identity Verified
Mexico
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It is a must Dec 28, 2013

I also enjoy being a translator. My assigments must be enjoyable. Working with clients must be delightful. Recently, I have dropped off a couple of clients because work was stressful, not agreeable.

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Steve Kerry  Identity Verified
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When it's good... Dec 28, 2013

"When it's good it's really good, and when it's bad, I go to pieces"

(David Bowie)

Steve K.


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Triston Goodwin  Identity Verified
United States
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I love it Dec 29, 2013

I'm curious to know about the .7% that said no, all 53.27 of them

I've been translating/interpreting full-time for the past seven years. I still like dusting off the chain saw and felling a tree or two (I used to work as a carpenter, I built from scratch), but I wouldn't change careers for anything.


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Steve Kerry  Identity Verified
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"I put on women's clothing... Jan 2, 2014

Triston & Gaby wrote: ... I still like dusting off the chain saw and felling a tree or two


..and hang around in bars!

Steve K. (who got a checked shirt for Christmas)


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