Poll: Is there a strong network of fellow translators in your area?
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Local time: 15:52
Jan 11, 2015

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Is there a strong network of fellow translators in your area?".

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neilmac  Identity Verified
Local time: 00:52
Spanish to English
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Yes Jan 11, 2015



José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:52
English to Portuguese
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Yes, definitely for my language pair; however my "area" is Planet Earth Jan 11, 2015

Again, a poorly framed question about some interesting matter.

There are some relevant differences between a job-sharing network and a mutual support network. I won't delve into them here, yet I hope my esteemed colleagues can immediately figure them out.

One point to be made, to move them out of the way, is that job-sharing networks may come in all sizes and flavors, ranging from myself and a friend/fellow translator two floors below, in the same building, to... Proz itself.

Brazilian Portuguese is well served by newsgroups on Yahoo, I am a member in four of them. This gets me in contact with some 4,000+ translators. Most translate from EN, however ES, FR, and DE are frequent there. There are some participants from overseas (a different variant), and a few who translate from PT.

One can get quick help, support, references, tips, friends, whatever there. Quite often a tricky translation issue may lead to extensive discussion over weeks. This may be an interesting learning process. From the inputs, over the years, one gets to know true specialists in some areas, and also get known for their own specialty, if they have one.

I am in another special list on Yahoogroups, restricted to Brazilian sworn translators (regulated by federal law). It wouldn't be worth mentioning here, were it not for my "area" being mentioned in the poll question. There are about 3,500 such sworn translators throughout Brazil, where the entire population is 200 million. I happen to live in a short street in Sao Paulo, some 1,000 ft long. Incidentally, for no particular reason, there are FOUR of these sworn translators on this street, all EN-PT. Apart from the aforementioned neighbor in the same building, I haven't ever had the pleasure to meet the other two. The area only looks "crowded" on the directory.

My coverage area on a planisphere could be a rectangle from Auckland all the way East to Tel Aviv, and all the way North to Reykjavik. However my network is not spread so thin.


Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:52
Turkish to English
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No Jan 11, 2015

I suppose there must be other translators in the town where I live, but I do not know any and am not aware of any networks.


Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:52
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Can't answer question Jan 11, 2015

Because the option "I don't know" or "I haven't a clue" is not provided. icon_confused.gif

Translators are by nature, I think, a pretty solitary bunch. We work best when we're alone, uninterrupted and left to our own devices. Feel free to disagree, but - other than planned translator events or conventions - I don't think we make it a habit of going down to the local watering hole once a week, finding out who's who and talking shop.

Shooting the breeze on Proz quick polls or posting in Facebook groups is the closest it gets to that.

For me, "area" means the Kansai area of Japan, which takes in Kobe, Osaka and Kyoto:


I live in Kyoto


Why would I ever want to move to anywhere else? icon_smile.gif

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[Edited at 2015-01-11 12:13 GMT]

[Edited at 2015-01-12 04:39 GMT]


Teresa Borges
Local time: 23:52
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Other Jan 11, 2015

First of all, I can't understand the question! What is meant by area? My parish? The city where I live? For obvious reasons, there are lots of translators and interpreters in Brussels.

Anyway, personally, I have a strong network of fellow translators, but it's a private one: my ex-colleagues who are still working at the European Institution where I was employed for 20 years. When I need help they are one of my ports of call.


Triston Goodwin  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 16:52
Spanish to English
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Nope Jan 11, 2015

I know quite a few interpreters from my in-house days, but my wife and I are the only translators in our area. There are a few more further north in the city, and there are three or four agencies based up in St. Louis.

I will be moving in a few weeks to a new state with a lot of translators and interpreters. There is also a lot of demand for us out there, too. I'm excited about the change. Plus I grew up there, snowboarding all winter, skateboarding the rest of the year. My long blue hair blowing in the wind. The good ol' daysicon_smile.gif

[Edited at 2015-01-12 01:12 GMT]


Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:52
Member (2007)
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Just bi+linguals, AFAIK Jan 11, 2015

There are 47 nationalities recorded among the residents of northern Fuerteventura. I'm sure many of them do translate, but I've found very few who do it officially.


Maxi Schwarz
Local time: 17:52
German to English
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I don't understand the question Jan 12, 2015

As a freelancer I work mostly alone, and what I seek out the most are clients. The work of a translator is also not local, so I don't understand the "in your area" part. We get some pretty good networking going over forums and it tends to be international, and along language pairs rather than geography.


Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:52
Member (2014)
English to Portuguese
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What's an "area" for a freelancer? Jan 13, 2015

José Henrique Lamensdorf wrote:

...however my "area" is Planet Earth
Again, a poorly framed question about some interesting matter.



Jane Phillips  Identity Verified
Local time: 00:52
Member (2013)
French to English
Area? Feb 8, 2015

My immediate response was my local area, the area I move about in on a regular basis and where the deer, boar and rabbit populations vastly outnumber anything on two legs.

So I admit to my instrinsic racist tendencies in not having discussed the question of translation with said local inhabitants, most of whom only come out at night. Perhaps I'd be surprised to come across a rabbit explaining to the stag that the boar didn't really mean what he appeared to have said about the former's doe-eyed companion and anyway it was meant to be flattering ...


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