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Poll: What is the best music for translation work?
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Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
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At a low volume Aug 5

Native American flute music is soothing, inspirational, and non-disturbing when played at a low volume in the background.

 

ventnai  Identity Verified
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A wide range Aug 5

It depends how much concentration is needed. If I am proofreading or translating something complicated, usually something quiet without lyrics; otherwise, I can work with most music genres I like listening to.

 

Sonja Kroll  Identity Verified
Germany
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Some post rock / adventure metal without lyrics for me, if any music Aug 5

Such as www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNX7g6t7dsWV_VGYwAZlDWcTQMdkU0T06
I find the lyrics to be the distraction, not the music.


 

Kay Denney  Identity Verified
France
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French to English
Distracting to the bone indeed! Aug 5

I love music far too much to be able to work with something playing. The kind of music I listen to is "TO BE PLAYED AT MAXIMUM VOLUME" and nothing else even exists when it's playing.
The only exception is when I'm translating CD sleeve notes, then I'll listen to music by that artist as I work, to get a feel for the right mood.


 

Barbara Cochran, MFA  Identity Verified
United States
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French Chanteuse Music Aug 5

… like the somewhat sultry kind you might be treated to at an intimate Parisian bistro.


They occasionally play such music at a coffee house in the college town of Oberlin, Ohio, that I sometimes go to first thing in the morning so I can work there.


Ben Gaia
 

Joanna Sobolewska-Kurpiel  Identity Verified
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Medieval music Aug 5

When I feel very tired and easily get distracted, medieval music, like Libre Vermell, is very helpful.

 

Letícia Bergamini
Brazil
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No music at all Aug 5

I don't listen to music while working at all. I can't concentrate. But I wish I could.

 

Mónica Algazi  Identity Verified
Uruguay
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English to Spanish
Simply put, Aug 5

the sound of silence.

Elizabeth Tamblin
Daryo
Muriel Vasconcellos
Kay Denney
 

Maxi Schwarz  Identity Verified
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probably distracting to anyone who plays an instrument Aug 6

I need to keep my focus on my work.

 

R-i-c-h-a-r-d  Identity Verified
Brazil
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I don't listen to music when I work. Aug 6

Never have. I find it too distracting. Music has been one of my loves throughout life, but it's something that needs to take a backseat in the office, unfortunately.

Philip Lees
Muriel Vasconcellos
 

Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
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Member (2008)
English to Italian
Rock Aug 6

I usually listen to rock while working.
Silence when checking my own translations or proofreading someone else's work.
NO radio - the talking really distracts me.
Still trying to explain to my wife that I can work with music on, but I cannot work if she tells me about a wonderful bag she has seen in a shop.


Mario Freitas
Angie Garbarino
 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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No music for me Aug 6

Language has its own rhythm. Music interferes with that.

Unfortunately, I became deaf 3 years ago. I hear nothing without hearing aids, and they distort music so badly that I never listen to it any more.


 

Michael Newton  Identity Verified
United States
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music for translation work Aug 6

How can I possibly concentrate on translation whilst entangled in the subtleties of a Haydn string quartet?!

 

IanDhu  Identity Verified
France
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Silence... Aug 6

... so that I can hear the English in my head, and so as not to interfere with dictation, which requires near-total concentration. Classical music helps me unwind when I have worked myself to a standstill, and I have completed a day's work so that I am assured that deadlines will be met.

 

Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Ecletic, but music is a must Aug 11

I listen to several types of music while I'm working, but it's always on. Usually good ol' rock'n roll of the 70's.

Ben Gaia
Angie Garbarino
 
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