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Poll: Do you believe that a good memory is an important attribute for a translator?
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Angie Garbarino  Identity Verified
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Yes Jan 24, 2017

In my opinion a good memory is critical not only for a translator but for learning languages in general.

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Chris S  Identity Verified
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:-) Jan 24, 2017

Sorry, what was the question again?

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Absolutely! Jan 24, 2017

It goes without saying ...

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Edith van der Have-Raats  Identity Verified
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Certainly ... Jan 24, 2017

... both internal and external

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Edith van der Have-Raats  Identity Verified
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;) Jan 24, 2017

Chris S wrote:

Sorry, what was the question again?



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Sophie Dzhygir  Identity Verified
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Yes Jan 24, 2017

Not compulsory, but very useful. I do not have a very good memory and it doesn't prevent me from doing my job, but for sure I would spare some time and be more efficient if I could remember more things without having to search or check them first.

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
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It does help☺

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
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Yes, of course! Jan 24, 2017

Er, we are talking about CAT tools right?

But seriously, folks, how on earth can you possibly translate if you don't have a decent gray matter memory?


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Depends Jan 24, 2017

On what we mean by memory.
I don't think you need to be able to remember every little thing you've ever translated. I seriously can't remember half the stuff I did last week, for example. Usually when a job is done I "forget" it and move on to the next one.
I also get my clients' names mixed up, for example this week I struggled to recall which was Gema and which was Inma (both short names ending in -ma, both academic clients, but in different areas). In fact I've always been rubbish with names - I can know some people for years and still get their names wrong. But I never forget a face. Unless they're really forgettable.

[Edited at 2017-01-24 09:53 GMT]


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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Less important than it used to be Jan 24, 2017

In the days before personal computers and the Internet, it was much more difficult to find terms and other information that you had forgotten.

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Lingua 5B  Identity Verified
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Which is precisely why Jan 24, 2017

Jack Doughty wrote:

In the days before personal computers and the Internet, it was much more difficult to find terms and other information that you had forgotten.


... they had bigger value back then. If something is easy to find, its value drops significantly.


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Nilton Junior  Identity Verified
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Yes Jan 24, 2017

In fact, I don't see why it wouldn't be.

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Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
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Yes, but Jan 24, 2017

'good memory' is relative to your own expectations

- and it will always be an asset in any field, even in the private sphere.


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Jessica Noyes  Identity Verified
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Interpreting Jan 24, 2017

If a having a good memory is important to being a good translator, it is exponentially more important, indeed essential, to being an interpreter (which is why, as the proper nouns start to fade from own memory banks, I no longer offer interpretation services.)

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