Poll: As a freelance translator/interpreter, what do you mostly need to improve?
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Aurora Humarán  Identity Verified
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This must be the first time Jul 26, 2006

I am not within the largest majority.

My reply: technical skills (shame on me...)

Not only do I need to improve them: I need to become reconciled with technology. I would love to enjoy the technical part of our profession as other colleagues do. Will I ever be able? (Hmm.... so far, technology is like a medication for me: necessary).

Au


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paula13  Identity Verified
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Do we all know it all already? Jul 26, 2006

It's amazing how there are so many aweful translations out there (anyone who's ever watched a subtitled movie or posted Kudoz will probably agree with me on this), yet "linguistic skills" is almost at the bottome of what we feel we need to improve!

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Aurora Humarán  Identity Verified
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Hola, Paula (tanto tiempo) Jul 26, 2006

paula arturo wrote:

yet "linguistic skills" is almost at the bottome of what we feel we need to improve!


May be it's because the poll says 'mostly'.

Au


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Andres & Leticia Enjuto  Identity Verified
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You're right, but... Jul 26, 2006

paula arturo wrote:

It's amazing how there are so many aweful translations out there (anyone who's ever watched a subtitled movie or posted Kudoz will probably agree with me on this), yet "linguistic skills" is almost at the bottome of what we feel we need to improve!


... shouldn't the linguistic skills be improved continuously??????????
... Isn't it (or shouldn't it be) a normal part of the profession?

Best,

Andres


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paula13  Identity Verified
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Good points! Jul 26, 2006

Aurora Humarán wrote:

May be it's because the poll says 'mostly'.

Au


Lettytb wrote:

... shouldn't the linguistic skills be improved continuously??????????
... Isn't it (or shouldn't it be) a normal part of the profession?

Best,

Andres


You both made really good points and I agree with Andres 100%, linguistic skills should be improved continuously and they are a normal part of our profession, I mean we are by definition linguists, but my question is: do we really?

Sometimes when I do editing work, go to the movies, or even read through random stuff, I wonder if we all keep working at it as hard as we should. That's all.

On a lighter note, hi Aurora! I'm looking forward to seeing you and JL at the conference.

[Edited at 2006-07-26 15:33]


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marie-christine périé  Identity Verified
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What about all of them ? Jul 26, 2006

That's how I feel. Isn't there always room for improvement?

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paula13  Identity Verified
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Touche Jul 26, 2006

marie-christine périé wrote:

That's how I feel. Isn't there always room for improvement?


The wisest mind has something yet to learn.
George Santayana (1863 - 1952)


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Galina F
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All of them, yes Jul 26, 2006

I also would choose the answer "all of them" because this is how I feel:)

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Reed James
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All of them is a good an answer as any Jul 27, 2006

I strive to improve every aspect of my work.

However, if I had to choose an area that requires more attention and improvement, I would definitely choose marketing. I find it of utmost importance to get three types of business: more business, repeat business and better business.

Reed


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Birgit Schrader  Identity Verified
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All of them... Jul 27, 2006

But first of all my TIME MANAGEMENT! This is my weak point....

Birgit


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Sam21
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All of them, revolve around Time Management Jul 27, 2006

I believe that this is the most critical, for improving other skills.

Time management here is not to be limited to the daily timetable, it might involve when would you do that? (when to market yourself, how much time would be devoted to improving your skills, etc.).

Believe me it is all about Time Management.

Sam

[Edited at 2006-07-27 14:52]


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