Poll: How is the official language in your country of residence related to your translation work?
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Susana E. Cano Méndez  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 23:33
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French to Spanish
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Target Jun 26, 2016

Hello, spanish is my target language. But in Spain there are 4 (main) official languages: spanish, catalonian, galician and euskera.

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EvaVer  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:33
Member (2012)
Czech to English
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Primary source Jun 26, 2016

just now (since the beginning of this year - 50%), but it changes with time. Depends on specific projects. As a general trend, I would say it will probably remain my primary source language.

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 06:33
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Other Jun 26, 2016

"How is the official language in your country of residence ...?"

I'm befuddled. There is only one language in Japan - Japanese. How could Japanese not be Japan's 'official' language?

A weird question for countries where only one language is spoken. Another hit-and-run Euro-centric poll by our old pal Anonymous again, I suppose.


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Klára Kalamár  Identity Verified
Romania
Local time: 00:33
Member (2010)
English to Hungarian
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Secondary target Jun 26, 2016

I belong to the Hungarian ethnic group from Transylvania, Romania, my mother tongue and thereby my primary target language being Hungarian. However, Romanian was and has been present in every moment of my life (learning, administration, shopping, watching TV, friends etc.), I consider myself bilingual actually, so when it comes to translation the official language of my country of residence is promoted to my secondary target language.

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Maxi Schwarz
Local time: 16:33
German to English
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There are two official languages Jun 26, 2016

That alone made it impossible to answer the questions, because this makes the official languages both the primary and secondary language.

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Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 22:33
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Target Jun 26, 2016

I’m living in Portugal since September last year after a long stay in Belgium. Portugal has only one official language: Portuguese (lots of dialects, though) and I translate exclusively into my native language. Belgium has three official languages: Dutch (Flemish), French and German.

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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 22:33
Member (2007)
English
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I don't speak Spanish well Jun 26, 2016

Susana E. Cano Méndez wrote:
Hello, spanish is my target language. But in Spain there are 4 (main) official languages: spanish, catalonian, galician and euskera.

And what Spanish I do speak is spoken with a Canarian/English accent and peppered with local words e.g. guagua for autobus. However, there's an enormous amount of English spoken locally (by all nationalities - we have 92 different ones registered as residents in the north of Fuerteventura) and a fair amount of French too.


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Angie Garbarino  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:33
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French to Italian
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But you do... Jun 26, 2016

Sheila Wilson wrote:

And what Spanish I do speak is spoken with a Canarian/English accent and peppered with local words e.g. guagua for autobus. However, there's an enormous amount of English spoken locally (by all nationalities - we have 92 different ones registered as residents in the north of Fuerteventura) and a fair amount of French too.


The enormous number of English people here in Ibiza, speaks only English, even if they have been living here for 20+ years.

For me, "Other" is the correct answer.


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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 18:33
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English to Portuguese
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Again Jun 26, 2016

The question limits the answers to a single possibility in a universe of many possible answers.

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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:33
English to Spanish
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Some countries don't have an official language Jun 26, 2016

The United States does not have an official language, despite numerous attempts by political parties and individuals to change that.

For an outsider, American English has got to be USA's official language, but many languages, dozens of them, are spoken across the country. In practice, however, whenever you go to an ATM machine or click on the website of an American organization, you could say that English and Spanish are the official languages of the land.

Now, the question is confusing. Assuming for a moment that the “official” language is English, it is of course related to my work!

Let's hope a Japanese robot company takes over Proz, so that poll questions are better sorted!




(with greetings to Julian)


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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 06:33
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Greetings to Mario, too Jun 26, 2016

Mario Chavez wrote:

Let's hope a Japanese robot company takes over Proz, so that poll questions are better sorted!





Japanese robots wouldn't deign to accept such menial tasks. Besides, you don't need AI to filter out hit-and-run polls submitted by our old pal Anonymous.


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Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 23:33
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English to French
Not related Jun 26, 2016

But then I speak/write/read/listen to my source and target languages every day.

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Erzsébet Czopyk  Identity Verified
Hungary
Local time: 23:33
Member (2006)
Russian to Hungarian
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Greetings to Julian and Mario Jun 27, 2016

Julian Holmes wrote:
Mario Chavez wrote:

Let's hope a Japanese robot company takes over Proz, so that poll questions are better sorted!




Japanese robots wouldn't deign to accept such menial tasks. Besides, you don't need AI to filter out hit-and-run polls submitted by our old pal Anonymous.


You made my Monday morning sometimes I am wondering how much Anonymous questions...

[Edited at 2016-06-27 07:46 GMT]

[Edited at 2016-06-27 07:46 GMT]


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