Poll: Are freelance translators more tech savvy than most other professions?
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EvaVer  Identity Verified
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Member (2012)
Czech to English
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It depends on... Oct 1, 2017

1) each individual translator
2) your definition of "most other professions"
3) and your definition of "tech savvy"


 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
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English to Portuguese
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Other Oct 1, 2017

I don't know, some might be, I'm not!

 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 21:10
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Other Oct 1, 2017

I haven't a clue.

On the assumption that this question is to do with computer skills, I would hazard a guess that translators are most 'resourceful' as they work to meet deadlines which are pretty much fixed in place and have to deal with computer problems in real time on their own, i.e. do not have the time to wait for answers from tech support, which can often take a long time.

My guess is as good as anyone else's, I suppose. I'm still at a loss as to what 'tech savvy' means here. icon_confused.gif


 

Mario Chavez (X)  Identity Verified
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This one takes the cake… Oct 1, 2017

…as the dumbest poll question this year!

First, the unnecessarily marketing-presumptuous phrase “tech savvy.” Write like an adult, will you?

Second, several assumptions (mostly erroneous) are being made in asking this question, among them that translators work in such isolation that they're aware of only a few other professions that might use technology (???).

A good rule of thumb when speaking of and about translators would be that they're hungry for a challenge in the sense of a thoughtful question, a funny one, self-effacing humor, or a new topic to ponder. Not this inanity, please.


 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Spanish to English
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Other Oct 1, 2017

Ditto what everyone else has said so faricon_smile.gif

I'm more tech-savvy than my mum, but less so than my tech guy. My daughter is probably more au fait with online booking systems and things like that than I am, whereas she wouldn't be able to manage any of my CAT tools without a learning curve (LOL, Dragon understood that as "lemon curd")...icon_smile.gif


 

Mario Chavez (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:10
English to Spanish
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Lemon curd Oct 1, 2017

neilmac wrote:

Ditto what everyone else has said so faricon_smile.gif

I'm more tech-savvy than my mum, but less so than my tech guy. My daughter is probably more au fait with online booking systems and things like that than I am, whereas she wouldn't be able to manage any of my CAT tools without a learning curve (LOL, Dragon understood that as "lemon curd")...icon_smile.gif


Wait a minute… maybe Nuance is on to something: suggesting zany recipes instead of misheard phrases.


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Yaotl Altan  Identity Verified
Mexico
Local time: 07:10
Member (2006)
English to Spanish
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No Oct 2, 2017

Designers and programmers are more tech savvy than us, generally speaking.

 

Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 10:10
Member (2014)
English to Portuguese
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No, not "most" Oct 4, 2017

We may be more tech savvy than many other professions, but certainly not "most". "Most" is too many in this case.

 


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