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Poll: Have you ever had to work on a translation from your phone?
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Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 08:04
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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No May 21

I haven’t and never will work from my phone for many reasons, the main one being that I don’t have a smartphone…

Muriel Vasconcellos
Ricki Farn
Angus Stewart
Philip Lees
 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 09:04
Member (2003)
Danish to English
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No May 21

I would not be able to do it at all. I have got a smart phone, but it's way too smart for me. I use it strictly for talking to family and seeing pictures of them. I don't even give the number to business connections.

Muriel Vasconcellos
Alaa Mahm
 

Elizabeth Tamblin  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 08:04
Member (2012)
French to English
No May 21

Unless answering brief queries via email counts.

Yetta J Bogarde
 

Kay Denney  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 09:04
Member (2018)
French to English
yes May 21

It was a 2-word translation, my laptop had just died and my desktop was playing up, so I just did it on my phone.
I don't think I'd want to do more than a short sentence on my phone though because I need to see both source and target at the same time.

In my volunteer work, I have to tell people not to write anything more than "please call, emergency" in text messages otherwise I get long-winded accounts of why they need my help and I can't stand having to scroll up and down
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It was a 2-word translation, my laptop had just died and my desktop was playing up, so I just did it on my phone.
I don't think I'd want to do more than a short sentence on my phone though because I need to see both source and target at the same time.

In my volunteer work, I have to tell people not to write anything more than "please call, emergency" in text messages otherwise I get long-winded accounts of why they need my help and I can't stand having to scroll up and down all the time to check details as I answer them.
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Edith van der Have-Raats  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 09:04
Member (2016)
English to Dutch
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No May 21

Thank heavens ...

Muriel Vasconcellos
Teresa Borges
 

Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 09:04
Member (2012)
English to Danish
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No May 21

and the mere thought is absurd for me, save for a couple of words

Muriel Vasconcellos
Teresa Borges
Angus Stewart
Christine Andersen
 

JaneTranslates  Identity Verified
Puerto Rico
Local time: 03:04
Member (2005)
Spanish to English
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No, but... May 21

My students frequently do so.

 

Sundar Gopalakrishnan
India
Local time: 12:34
English to Tamil
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No May 21

Because I don't have a smart phone. Even if I had a smart phone, I wouldn't do translation from it at all. Because I hate doing translations from a phone. The screen of a smart phone is very, very small compared to the screens desktop and laptop computers. That is why.

 

Angie Garbarino  Identity Verified
Member (2003)
French to Italian
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I did it May 21

It was long long time ago:
a business in my hometown needed to contact someone in the United States, it was 1978 and I was still a student, at the time for calling the USA from Italy we needed to contact the national telephone company operator and wait for being connected, it was the Jurassic, really...

Well it was more interpreting than translation but I like to share this with you

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It was long long time ago:
a business in my hometown needed to contact someone in the United States, it was 1978 and I was still a student, at the time for calling the USA from Italy we needed to contact the national telephone company operator and wait for being connected, it was the Jurassic, really...

Well it was more interpreting than translation but I like to share this with you

[Edited at 2019-05-21 19:13 GMT]
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Nikki Scott-Despaigne  Identity Verified
Local time: 09:04
French to English
Yes/No May 21

"Work on a translation" via my phone, no; occasionally provide a couple of sentence for a regular client, yes.
Never will, for all the obvious reasons already stated by others.


Laura Bissio CT
Josephine Cassar
 

Gordana Sujdovic  Identity Verified
Serbia
Member (2010)
English to Serbian
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No and yes… May 21

Short traslation, a couple of words or sentence for steady clients, and help with tough terms when asked by teammates. Indirectly, to make hotspot for laptop in places with no Wi-Fi or cable connection, until I bought Mi-Fi with 100GB SIM. This was not the question, but without these I would miss/skip many projects when I am away from home (often).

Liena Vijupe
 

Alexandra Speirs  Identity Verified
Local time: 09:04
Italian to English
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only quick answers May 21

Just translations of a couple of words.
Or checking the client's version to see if it is correct.
Usually by Whatsapp


 

svetlana cosquéric  Identity Verified
France
Member (2008)
Russian to English
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yes May 21

Once, Fr>Ru, urgent, a sentence of 8 words, technical, while shopping ...;

 

Cinthya Chamarelli
Brazil
Local time: 04:04
Japanese to Portuguese
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Yes May 21

I've done it several times, either because I wasn't home when I got the job, or because I had to lie down to rest my back but I didn't have time to stop working. It's not very comfortable, but it's doable for some kinds of documents. I'd love to have a mobile CAT tool so that I'd have access to my glossaries and TMs while translating on my phone.

Angie Garbarino
 
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