Poll: What is usually your frame of mind after finishing a translation?
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Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 00:04
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Other Jul 10

Most of the times after finishing a translation to my own satisfaction, I send it off to my proofreader what gives me an additional layer of quality assurance and so I will be satisfied. Some texts are so long and/or convoluted that I feel exhausted and empty when I finish it as if I have nothing left in the tank, but at the same time with a sense of satisfaction. To sum up, I love my job!

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Josephine Cassar
Paul van Zijll
Laura Guivel
 

Vera Schoen  Identity Verified
Sweden
Local time: 01:04
Member (2008)
German to Swedish
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Other Jul 10

That depends completely on the translation I’ve just finished, and spans everything from relive (there are some awful source texts about), exhaustion, satisfaction to pride. And in some cases – the really fun texts – a sense of sadness that the work is over.

[Edited at 2019-07-10 12:19 GMT]


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Elizabeth Tamblin
Olavo Nogueira
Kunal Jaidka
Roy Chacón
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Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 01:04
Member
English to French
Next! Jul 10

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Kay Denney  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 01:04
Member (2018)
French to English
Satisfied at least Jul 10

If I'm not at least satisfied, the job cannot be considered done.

Some translations, especially documentation for art exhibitions, are absolute torture in the first draft, and I need to work very hard to get the text into a state that's not only accurate and legible but a joy to read. However once I've pulled it off, satisfied doesn't begin to describe how I feel. It's more like utter, unadulterated exhilaration,


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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 01:04
Spanish to English
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Satisfied Jul 10

And then it's on to the next one.

A long-standing client just emailed me, pleading poverty ("we have no budget") and asking if I would be willing to translate their 578 page tender for a marketing/advertising contract for half price. I was about to tell them to go and take a flying... leap, when I looked at the document and realised they'd made a mistake and it was 578 words, not pages. So, I'm going to do it for them with a 50% discount, as it will mean translation work for me if t
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And then it's on to the next one.

A long-standing client just emailed me, pleading poverty ("we have no budget") and asking if I would be willing to translate their 578 page tender for a marketing/advertising contract for half price. I was about to tell them to go and take a flying... leap, when I looked at the document and realised they'd made a mistake and it was 578 words, not pages. So, I'm going to do it for them with a 50% discount, as it will mean translation work for me if they are awarded the contract, and spotting their mistake means I can poke fun at them for the foreseeable future. It's a win-win!


[Edited at 2019-07-10 15:14 GMT]
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Barbara Cochran, MFA  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 19:04
Spanish to English
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Other/Various Kinds Of Feelings Jul 10

Relieved, because of the feeling of satisfaction that I completed it before the deadline, or just because the massive effort is over with, even if I was given an open-ended deadline, and thrilled about the possibility of getting published again.

 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 16:04
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Other Jul 11

How soon am I going to get paid?

 


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