Poll: What is the longest break you have taken from work?
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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Maybe 2 weeks? Jul 21

Since I've been translating for over 50 years, it's difficult to come up with a specific answer. Obviously, I've taken vacations during that time, but never more than 2 weeks. I had some health challenges in 2003. In 2012 I wrote a book, and I studied landscape design for 7 years, but I still kept translating. I've rarely had patches when I didn't have assignments.

 

Elizabeth Tamblin  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Member (2012)
French to English
A few weeks Jul 21

I can't remember the exact number of days.

 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
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Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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2 weeks max (long, long ago) Jul 21

I used to take 2 weeks’ vacation during the summer and at Christmas time when my children were still at home, but they are long gone and we haven’t spent vacations together for some time (trying to get 9 people agreeing on the same date and place is an almost impossible task…). I enjoy having a few days off here and there between jobs, rather than very few long vacations (to be honest, having long vacations absolutely bore me, even when I was a young lass). It all adds up probably to more ... See more
I used to take 2 weeks’ vacation during the summer and at Christmas time when my children were still at home, but they are long gone and we haven’t spent vacations together for some time (trying to get 9 people agreeing on the same date and place is an almost impossible task…). I enjoy having a few days off here and there between jobs, rather than very few long vacations (to be honest, having long vacations absolutely bore me, even when I was a young lass). It all adds up probably to more than 4/5 weeks a year, but I’m not counting!Collapse


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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Spanish to English
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Other Jul 21

Last summer I went snorkelling in the Maldives for 10 days and didn't even look at my emails. That was my first real break/holiday in years.
This year, I'm staying at my daughter's place and looking after her cat while she is on vacation in Canada. However, I'm still working, despite the ageing moggy meowing at me persistently for attention...

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Fiona Grace Peterson  Identity Verified
Italy
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Member
Italian to English
Four years Jul 21

I stopped working for four years to get my nursing degree. Not sure it counts, because my intention was to actually become a nurse. That didn't work out for various reasons, so I came back to translation. I do have some regrets, but am enjoying the specialist knowledge my degree has given me, and am happy not to have to do night shifts!

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JaneTranslates  Identity Verified
Puerto Rico
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Member (2005)
Spanish to English
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Other: two weeks Jul 21

I've taken a couple of road trips with my daughter, each about two weeks, during which time I may have communicated with clients (a little) but I did no actual translating. That's the longest I've been away since 1996. I suppose I could have marked "a few weeks," but that, to me, implies a period of at least three weeks.

So far, "two weeks" appears to be a pretty popular answer.

I don't understand why anyone would mark "one hour." Don't you sleep?

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I've taken a couple of road trips with my daughter, each about two weeks, during which time I may have communicated with clients (a little) but I did no actual translating. That's the longest I've been away since 1996. I suppose I could have marked "a few weeks," but that, to me, implies a period of at least three weeks.

So far, "two weeks" appears to be a pretty popular answer.

I don't understand why anyone would mark "one hour." Don't you sleep?

--Jane

[Edited at 2019-07-21 22:17 GMT]
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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Member (2014)
English to Portuguese
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Other (11 years or 1 week?) Jul 22

This is a question that will always have several possible answers for veteran translators, above all those who have worked in other areas.
I started translating in 1986, but I was hired as a branch manager for a beverage distributor from 1991 to 2002, in a small town where English was as common as ETs. I spent these 11 years working in that area, with no chance for translating. Internet didn't exist, by the way.
So should I consider 11 years as the big break?
Then I moved back
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This is a question that will always have several possible answers for veteran translators, above all those who have worked in other areas.
I started translating in 1986, but I was hired as a branch manager for a beverage distributor from 1991 to 2002, in a small town where English was as common as ETs. I spent these 11 years working in that area, with no chance for translating. Internet didn't exist, by the way.
So should I consider 11 years as the big break?
Then I moved back to my town, and continued working as a business manager, which was my main profession, but doing translations as an "extra". From 2002 to 2012, that was the status, so I have no idea how many breaks I took during that period or how long they lasted.
Finally, in 2013, I became a full-time translator.
From that time on, the longest break I ever had was one week long.
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