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Poll: How often do you end up talking to yourself while you work?
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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 23:35
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No Feb 19, 2017

I might let out a few expletives to vent whatever I'm going through with particular jobs.
But, I will never actually talk to myself. It would probably turn out as follows:

Jekyll: Oy, 'Olmsey!
Holmes: Crumbs, what is it this time?
Jekyll: You know that Anonymous geezer?
Holmes: The 'nameless one' in Proz quick polls, old chap?
Jekyll: Yeh, that's the one, guv'nor.
Holmes: Well, what about the fellow?
Jekyll: E's gettin' a lot of airplay these days.
Holmes: In what way, old sport?
Jekyll: Well. E's bin able to post almost 30 polls since the New Year evun wivout a bleedin' name.
Holmes: You know, actually I think they've all been posted by Kellyanne Conway under this pseudonym as she doesn't want to let on that she's trying to undermine and destroy democracy in the Proz site by spreading 'alternative facts' and setting up 'fake polls.'
Jekyll: Gor blimey! You are a clever so-and-so, aren't yer!
Holmes: You won't tell anyone will you, old boy?
Jekyll: Do NOT worry, guv'nor. I'll keep me Norf and Souf shut.
Holmes: Jolly spiffing! Now, let's get back to work before the Kellyanne poll generator spits out another Country Cousin.
Jekyll: Triffic! Bob's yer uncle!


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 07:35
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Often Feb 19, 2017

I hear the weirdest things come out of my mouth. They don't make sense at all. (This is recent, BTW.)

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Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 16:35
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Now and then Feb 19, 2017

I talk to myself mainly to vent when something goes wrong, e. g. browser freezes, the computer is too slow for my typing, the Dragon is misunderstanding me and comes up with all kinds of weird words, when accidentally deleting something that shouldn't be sent to file 13, etc. The day when I upgraded to WordFast 4 and was not prompted to save my existing TM's, resulting in their loss, it turned into quite a long monologue.

Other than that, the old song title "Silence is golden" applies.

[Edited at 2017-02-19 09:33 GMT]


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Edith van der Have-Raats  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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Never ... Feb 19, 2017

... or otherwise it might end up in my translation, because I talk to my computer all the time when translating (speech recognition)

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 16:35
Member (2006)
German to English
You have been working on that for a while Feb 19, 2017

Julian Holmes wrote:

I might let out a few expletives to vent whatever I'm going through with particular jobs.
But, I will never actually talk to myself. It would probably turn out as follows:

Jekyll: Oy, 'Olmsey!
Holmes: Crumbs, what is it this time?
Jekyll: You know that Anonymous geezer?
Holmes: The 'nameless one' in Proz quick polls, old chap?
Jekyll: Yeh, that's the one, guv'nor.
Holmes: Well, what about the fellow?
Jekyll: E's gettin' a lot of airplay these days.
Holmes: In what way, old sport?
Jekyll: Well. E's bin able to post almost 30 polls since the New Year evun wivout a bleedin' name.
Holmes: You know, actually I think they've all been posted by Kellyanne Conway under this pseudonym as she doesn't want to let on that she's trying to undermine and destroy democracy in the Proz site by spreading 'alternative facts' and setting up 'fake polls.'
Jekyll: Gor blimey! You are a clever so-and-so, aren't yer!
Holmes: You won't tell anyone will you, old boy?
Jekyll: Do NOT worry, guv'nor. I'll keep me Norf and Souf shut.
Holmes: Jolly spiffing! Now, let's get back to work before the Kellyanne poll generator spits out another Country Cousin.
Jekyll: Triffic! Bob's yer uncle!


and I am laughing myself to .....


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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 16:35
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German to English
Never Feb 19, 2017

And after reading Julians text, I have forgotten what I wanted to write

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Teresa Borges
Portugal
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English to Portuguese
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Every now and then Feb 19, 2017

I live alone and some days my own voice is the only human voice around to hear. Talking to myself out loud usually involves just calling myself stupid. It’s kind of a release valve when I'm stressed about something.

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DZiW
Ukraine
English to Russian
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Oft Feb 19, 2017

According to Psychology, understanding (as a part of internalization) does require talking everything to oneself--internally.

As a translator, I often read extracts from original or translation aloud to learn new terms and set expressions or just to make it more fluid yet concise.

As an interpreter, after a long meeting sometimes I talk “to myself”, missing the end)


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Alexandra Speirs  Identity Verified
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Of course Feb 19, 2017

That way I'm sure I'm talking to someone who knows what I'm talking about and might even give me an intelligent answer.

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Robin Levey
Chile
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Spanish to English
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I don't know, I've never asked myself Feb 19, 2017

It's like when people ask for my phone number. I tell them: "Sorry, I haven't a clue! I never call my number, so I can't remember it. Errr... Do you ever call yourself? If so, you'd better watch out - they say talking to yourself is like looking for hairs on the palm of your hand. And you know what that means, don't you?"

And then I have to fish the damn thing out of my pocket, or find my business card, to answer what the asker thought was simple question...


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Ricki Farn
Germany
Local time: 16:35
Member (2005)
English to German
Other Feb 19, 2017

LOL Julian!

I talk to myself a lot, but usually while *not* working.

I claim that I picked up the habit to generate background noise for my rats, but I haven't had rats for years, and I'm still doing it. So maybe it's background noise for myself? But I can still claim that it makes my houseplants grow better.

In any case, I see nothing wrong with talking to myself. (Note to self: research whether animals do it too.)


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EvaVer  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:35
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Oh yes Feb 19, 2017

Beside expletives, I sometimes say things aloud to hear how they sound. Or when translating birth certificates for example and checking my translation, I say the names and figures to myself aloud, too - I somehow feel I am more likely to get them right that way.

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Stephanie Mitchel  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 10:35
French to English
Only to curse at software... Feb 19, 2017

or sloppy project management... or my rural internet speed... ... you know, just therapeutically.

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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 11:35
Member (2014)
English to Portuguese
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Never Feb 19, 2017

Except when something pisses me off, then I curse out-loud, but that wouldn't be talking to myself, I guess.

But I don't need to say anything if I'm concentrated. I can keep it inside.
And since there is usually someone else in the linving room with me (my wife or one of my kids), sometimes I say things related to my work out loud, as if talking to them and not to myself. And someone usually replies too.


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