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Poll: Would you retire as a translator if you won the lottery?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Would you retire as a translator if you won the lottery?".

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Teresa Borges
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No! Jun 13, 2015

As I said the last time this same question was asked: I most definitely would not retire as a translator, I'll keep on working at a slower pace and only for a chosen few...

http://www.proz.com/forum/poll_discussion/269020-poll_would_you_continue_to_work_as_a_translator_if_you_won_the_lottery.html

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[Edited at 2015-06-13 08:25 GMT]

[Edited at 2015-06-13 08:26 GMT]


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EvaVer  Identity Verified
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Yes, definitely... Jun 13, 2015

... but not on the spot. It is not easy to stop a business in full swing. Moreover, in my country, you must absolutely keep mum about any money you may have - otherwise, people will poison your animals, set fire to your car and/or house... Stopping immediately would be too visible.

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564354352  Identity Verified
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Yes, definitely Jun 13, 2015

Translation is something I DO to make a living, it is not something that I AM.

If I no longer needed to make a living, I would no longer need to work as a translator. I can think of lots of other things that would be much more enjoyable and worthwhile...


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John Cutler  Identity Verified
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Yes, definitely... Jun 13, 2015

And I'd dedicate my time as a volunteer (not as a translator) helping others.

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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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Probably not, but I would cut down Jun 13, 2015

I like translating, and I like the feeling of doing something useful.
What would I dowith all that time? Probably I would go on translating for some of it, and simply turn down jobs I was not interested in.

It would have to be an enormous lottery prize. Most would not be enough to live on anyway, so I would be more likely to take a holiday somewhere exciting - India, for instance, or see more of the UK and Scandinavia.

I could always work for non-profit organisations, of course.


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Yes, probably Jun 13, 2015

But that's only because I'm long past "retirement" age already. I might work occasionally, but I'm getting pretty tired of deadlines. Maybe I'd translate books. Anything with a very generous and flexible deadline.

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Alexandra Speirs  Identity Verified
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definitely Jun 13, 2015

After nearly 40 years I think I deserve it ...
But I never buy a lottery ticket, so no chance.


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tilak raj  Identity Verified
India
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It depends upon the amount of lottery.. so I am not sure! Jun 13, 2015

It depends upon the amount of lottery.. so I am not sure! If amount is appropriate to lead ahead life then definitely otherwise you know!

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Gil Michel  Identity Verified
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Without the shadow of a doubt Jun 13, 2015

I love working as a translator, but if money wasn't an issue, there are, I feel, other things that I would do that are a lot more fun and enjoyable, such as travelling and discovering new cultures. Translation is still a job and, as such, it does come with pretty severe drawbacks. It cannot even remotely compete with an opportunity to learn new languages, new customs, new ways of life, to meet new people, learn new types of things... Contrarily to the common saying, the world is huge, there is so much to see and discover; freelance translating is cool, but I believe it only offers us a very tiny portion of the exploration languages can offer.

Then again, in order to win the lottery, one has to play. So that's a bit of an issue...


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Mónica Algazi  Identity Verified
Uruguay
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I couldn't agree more Jun 13, 2015

with what Gil has just said -including the last sentence! : )


Gil Michel wrote:

I love working as a translator, but if money wasn't an issue, there are, I feel, other things that I would do that are a lot more fun and enjoyable, such as travelling and discovering new cultures. Translation is still a job and, as such, it does come with pretty severe drawbacks. It cannot even remotely compete with an opportunity to learn new languages, new customs, new ways of life, to meet new people, learn new types of things... Contrarily to the common saying, the world is huge, there is so much to see and discover; freelance translating is cool, but I believe it only offers us a very tiny portion of the exploration languages can offer.

Then again, in order to win the lottery, one has to play. So that's a bit of an issue...


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Jenny Forbes  Identity Verified
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The lottery Jun 13, 2015

Billy: Oh Lord, let me win the lottery, just once, please, Lord.
God: Meet me half way, Billy. Billy, buy a ticket.


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Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
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Only part-time Jun 13, 2015

If I won the lottery (hard to do when not playing), I would continue working as a translator for some special clients, selecting certain projects. The "other half" of my time would be spend on promoting my career as an author and poet. But... signs say that no ticket. no winning.

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Billh
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I won the Spanish gordo lottery Jun 13, 2015

last Xmas. Three ticket, three winners.......

I am still translating though.






But the total winnings (420 euros) stocked up the booze cabinet nicely.....


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LegalTransform  Identity Verified
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Immediately!! Jun 13, 2015

Even if I were in the middle of a project!

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