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Poll: Do you consider yourself well-informed on the latest in translation and the industry?
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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Only somewhat Oct 16, 2017

And I tend to take most announcements of "the latest" in most scenarios with a large pinch of salt.

 

Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
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No Oct 16, 2017

What's it got to do with me?

 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 22:17
Member (2003)
Danish to English
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No Oct 16, 2017

I work in a profession.

I know, I know, there is an enormous industry out there providing CATs, MT, software, hardware and don't ask me what... and I keep an eye on the headlines, but I don't have time to keep up with it all.

I do try to keep an eye on my subject areas and the tools I actually use, so I attend seminars and read one or two of the better blogs and newsletters. I enjoy 'The Linguist' (CIoL's magazine) and attend the Danish powwow.

Apart from that I work and have a life ... which is just too short for everything!


 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 05:17
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
No Oct 16, 2017

I'd rather devote my energies to keeping existing customers happy and learning new stuff.

 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 21:17
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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No Oct 16, 2017

How can I be well-informed about things that happen across the globe?! I try to keep up but like others I’m far more interested on keeping my customers happy!

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Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
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Member (2012)
English to Danish
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Yes Oct 16, 2017

and some would say I am kidding.

But I mean, I feel well informed of what I need to know, which is just a small fraction of what is out there.

[Edited at 2017-10-16 11:23 GMT]


 

xxxGitte Hoveds
Denmark
Local time: 22:17
Danish to English
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No Oct 16, 2017

I'm just winging it... So far, so good...

 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 22:17
Member (2006)
German to English
That is the way I look at it as well Oct 16, 2017

Yetta J Bogarde wrote:

and some would say I am kidding.

But I mean, I feel well informed of what I need to know, which is just a small fraction of what is out there.

[Edited at 2017-10-16 11:23 GMT]


 

Kay Denney  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 22:17
Member (Apr 2018)
French to English
well Oct 16, 2017

I click on stuff here sometimes, does that count?

 

Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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What industry? Oct 16, 2017

By definition, an industry consists of machinery, replaceable parts, maintenance, sales figures and productivity quotas. I don't work in an industry, sir. I have a profession. Make a note of it.

That the term “translation industry” is now mainstream? Well, coming from people who do more marketing than translation for a living, let me stop you right there. As a translator, you should know that even in English we have other terms. Allow me to demonstrate:

translation profession
translation activity
translation segment of the economy

etc.

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Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
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The industry Oct 16, 2017

Mario Chavez wrote:
By definition, an industry consists of machinery, replaceable parts, maintenance, sales figures and productivity quotas.

No, it doesn't. Consider the origin of the word "industry" and usages such as "service industry". Translation *is* an industry, it *is* a business, it's not exclusively a profession or an art.


 

Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
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English to Portuguese
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I think so Oct 16, 2017

Chris S wrote:

Mario Chavez wrote:
By definition, an industry consists of machinery, replaceable parts, maintenance, sales figures and productivity quotas.

No, it doesn't. Consider the origin of the word "industry" and usages such as "service industry". Translation *is* an industry, it *is* a business, it's not exclusively a profession or an art.


It really doesn't. In addition to the explanation above, it is also, perhaps more commonly, used to describe a sector of the market not an industry with the meaning of a factory or plant. If you think of the word "industrious", you'll catch the real meaning of the word.


[Edited at 2017-10-16 22:33 GMT]


 

Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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No, it isn't. Oct 16, 2017

Chris S wrote:

Mario Chavez wrote:
By definition, an industry consists of machinery, replaceable parts, maintenance, sales figures and productivity quotas.

No, it doesn't. Consider the origin of the word "industry" and usages such as "service industry". Translation *is* an industry, it *is* a business, it's not exclusively a profession or an art.


The term “industry” is a catchall, that's all.


 

Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:17
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industrious Oct 16, 2017

Mario Freitas wrote:

Chris S wrote:

Mario Chavez wrote:
By definition, an industry consists of machinery, replaceable parts, maintenance, sales figures and productivity quotas.

No, it doesn't. Consider the origin of the word "industry" and usages such as "service industry". Translation *is* an industry, it *is* a business, it's not exclusively a profession or an art.


It really doesn't. In addition to the explanation above, it is also, perhaps more commonly, used to describe a sector of the market not an industry with the meaning of a factory or plant. If you think of the word "industrious", you'll catch the real meaning of the word.


[Edited at 2017-10-16 22:33 GMT]


I'm not going to go into a debate by dictionary definitions. Suffice it for me to say that “industrious” means hardworking, persevering, not that it belongs in a particular industry.


 
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