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Poll: What do you sit on when you're translating?
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Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 18:25
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Ergonomic office chair Dec 22, 2016

For over 10 years, I have been using an ergonomic, adjustable, swivel office chair with an Orthia cushion to protect my back. Over the years, the leather aged and cracked in places. That’s why I decided to replace it, but I’m so pleased with this chair that I bought exactly the same model in a different color. Just by coincidence I’ll receive the new one this afternoon…

 

Susanna Martoni  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 19:25
Member (2009)
Spanish to Italian
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Ergonomic Dec 22, 2016

As Teresa, I do my work by sitting on an ergonomic, swivel office chair.

To protect my backache. And it worksicon_smile.gif


 

Ricki Farn
Germany
Local time: 19:25
Member (2005)
English to German
The floor Dec 22, 2016

... with a backrest and feet support specially designed and perfected by me over several months. One of my several #1 reasons for not considering inhouse positions. No workplace standard in the world* would permit this setup, and it's the only one I've ever found adequate to my physique.

I don't even own a chair, not one - for visitors, I can always borrow some from next door.

*Japanese colleagues, prove me wrong?


 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 02:25
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Other Dec 22, 2016

On my backside

@Ricky Farn

*Japanese colleagues, prove me wrong?

Not exactly sure what your hinting at but in Japan, you will find very, very few people seated on chairs working in front of a computer on a table directly placed on 'tatami' mats in Japan. The chair and table legs would ruin the mats very quickly.
And, it would be extremely rare for people to sit cross-legged or 'seiza' style (sitting straight up with legs bent inwards underneath) on 'tatami' as this can be quite painful when endured for long periods of time.


 

Ricki Farn
Germany
Local time: 19:25
Member (2005)
English to German
@Julian Dec 22, 2016

I meant to ask, is it permissible in Japan to work sitting on the floor, maybe with a laptop? Or will the office force you to use a chair and table? I've seen photos of Japanese families having dinner without chairs, but all photos of Japanese offices looked just like German ones.

 

Dr. Tilmann Kleinau  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 19:25
Member (2006)
English to German
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On my electric wheelchair Dec 22, 2016

...which is upholstered and very comfortable.

 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 02:25
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Office floors are cold to the backside Dec 22, 2016

Ricki Farn wrote:

I meant to ask, is it permissible in Japan to work sitting on the floor, maybe with a laptop? Or will the office force you to use a chair and table? I've seen photos of Japanese families having dinner without chairs, but all photos of Japanese offices looked just like German ones.


1 - I have never heard of any Japanese office worker or otherwise asking to sit on the floor in Japan.
2 - "I've seen photos of Japanese families having dinner without chairs" That's at home where you will generally find 'tatami.'
3 - "but all photos of Japanese offices looked just like German ones." That's the generally accepted norm worldwide, not just in Germany.

Clicked the wrong button before I could finish. Final post is below. HTH

[Edited at 2016-12-23 02:24 GMT]


 

Ricki Farn
Germany
Local time: 19:25
Member (2005)
English to German
Thanks, Julian, Dec 22, 2016

then I'm really living on the wrong planet, not just on the wrong side of this planet. I can't understand why chairs were even invented. I want my feet to be on the same level as my backside, not one level down!

 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 02:25
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Office floors are cold in Japan, too Dec 22, 2016

So, your backside will probably get cold and you will give up after 30 minutes. You will never see (feel) heated floors in Japan like they are heated in Korean homes.

Ricki Farn wrote:

I meant to ask, is it permissible in Japan to work sitting on the floor, maybe with a laptop? Or will the office force you to use a chair and table? I've seen photos of Japanese families having dinner without chairs, but all photos of Japanese offices looked just like German ones.


OK....

1 - "is it permissible in Japan to work sitting on the floor, maybe with a laptop?" In the comfort of your home? You can do what you like there.
2 - I have never heard of any Japanese office worker or otherwise asking to sit on the floor in Japan. Hence, the title of this comment. I suppose if you really wanted to you could but (i) Japanese office floors are notoriously uncomfortable and (ii) you most probably get stared at a lot. FYI, I've never seen people working seated on an office floor here in Japan. And, I've seen lots of offices.
3 - "I've seen photos of Japanese families having dinner without chairs" That's at home where you will find 'tatami' and most people (families) will sit around a low table to eat.
4 - "but all photos of Japanese offices looked just like German ones." That's the generally accepted norm worldwide, not just in Germany.


 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 18:25
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Well... Dec 22, 2016

Ricki Farn wrote:

... with a backrest and feet support specially designed and perfected by me over several months. One of my several #1 reasons for not considering inhouse positions. No workplace standard in the world* would permit this setup, and it's the only one I've ever found adequate to my physique.


I worked in-house for 20 years and we all had very different chairs, ranging from traditional chairs (the majority?) to saddle, knee, ball and wheelchairs to no chair at all (standing platforms). We all worked in individual offices and, provided the work was done on time, we could sit where we pleased, so in theory one could sit on the floor…


 

Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
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Other Dec 22, 2016

Swiss (exercise) ball. Constant slight adjustments keep back and hips happy and aid balance, which comes in handy when negotiating tightropes across crocodile-infested gorges as I am increasingly being asked to do these days. I blame Brexit.

No chair can match this. My partner stands, but that gives me worse backache after a bit than a chair. My partner also gives me a headache after a bit, but that's another story.


 

Andrea Diaz
Mexico
Local time: 12:25
English to Spanish
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Not the best option. Dec 22, 2016

I use a sofa. It's perfect for me because I like changing positions often and my cat often cuddles next to me. That way, there's enough room for both of us.

 

Rita Utt  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 19:25
Member
English to German
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Swiss ball (half of the day) Dec 22, 2016

This is what works out best for me.

 

Irina Kuzminskaya  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 13:25
Member (2014)
English to Russian
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Lazyboy :) Dec 22, 2016

Lazyboy reclinericon_smile.gif

 
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