Poll: Which running event would be your preferred choice at the "Translation Olympics"?
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Jul 23, 2017

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Which running event would be your preferred choice at the "Translation Olympics"?".

This poll was originally submitted by R-i-c-h-a-r-d. View the poll results »


neilmac  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:23
Spanish to English
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100m sprint Jul 23, 2017

To get it all over with ASAP...


Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Local time: 00:23
Member (2014)
English to Portuguese
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3000 m Jul 23, 2017

Mid-size, with some expected obstacles. The short ones are not very profitable, even if you have many of them, because all the controls/invoicing/etc. are the same multiplied by many. The big ones are ok, but require more planning and may force you to refuse jobs from regular clients, unless you have a flexible or far-away deadline.


Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 18:23
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Marathon Jul 23, 2017

That's the kind of work I do best. Better if the deadlines are not too tight, and of course they have to pay well. So far I've had 3 jobs this year of around 100 pages each.


Teresa Borges
Local time: 02:23
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Other Jul 23, 2017

Running coaches say that a good way of training for the next marathon is doing a few sprints in between. Following the analogy, that’s what I’ve been doing…

P.S. Hurdles and steeplechase are definitely not my choice!

[Edited at 2017-07-23 09:24 GMT]


Jan Truper
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Member (2016)
English to German
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other Jul 23, 2017

5000 m interspersed with 3 napsicon_smile.gif


Kay Denney  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:23
Member (Apr 2018)
French to English
marathon and sprint Jul 23, 2017

One big job so I know I have plenty of work, with a cool deadline that lets me slip in smaller jobs for a bit of variety.

That's definitely the way I manage the best productivity, and I feel good about my work when I don't have too many little bits to juggle but don't just have the one huge slog.


R-i-c-h-a-r-d  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:23
Member (2006)
Portuguese to English
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Fast turnaround, Proz... Jul 23, 2017

I posted this at least five years ago, perhaps around the London 2012 Olympics?

Glad to see Proz not taking their polls too seriously - it's just a silly bit of fun. Take care, folks.


Platon Danilov  Identity Verified
Local time: 04:23
Member (2014)
English to Russian
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Other Jul 24, 2017

I do not prefer running in translation.

However, if I were a visitor to such "Translation Olympics", I would prefer 100m. But it seems more like interpreting...


Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:23
English to French
Steeple Jul 24, 2017

Flat is boring.



Hege Jakobsen Lepri  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:23
Member (2002)
English to Norwegian
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Running is not a good metaphor for translation: I'd rather do the Discus throw Jul 25, 2017

To hurl a cultural object to a far away place--and make sure it's intact in meaning and form when it reaches its target.


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