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Poll: For what percentage of your life have you been professionally practicing translation?
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Daniela Arvizu
 

Chris S  Identity Verified
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54% Sep 24, 2020

Finally a benefit of turning 50 this year: I didn’t need a calculator to work this out.

27 years... what a dinosaur.

Has a single one of my translations during this time averted a war, saved a life, been on the side of a bus, sold a million products or made a tangible difference to anything ever? I doubt it.

Have I enjoyed it? Sometimes.

Has it paid well? Yes.

I guess you can’t have it all.


Maria Simmen
Michael Harris
Natalia Pedrosa
Mariana Borio
P.L.F.Persio
Christopher Schmidt
 

Teresa Borges
Portugalija
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Over 50 % Sep 24, 2020

I started working at 19 while still in university, but not in translation, my translation life started part-time in my 30s and then full-time in my 40s. I’m on my late 70s now, so let’s say that over 50 % of my professional career has been dedicated to translation…

 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
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More than 50% Sep 24, 2020

My first professional translation experience was in the mid 1970's as an in-house translator. My first experience as a freelancer in the translation industry was in late 2000. In fact, I am nearing my 20th anniversary as a freelancer next month. What they're saying is true, time flies when you're having fun.

P.L.F.Persio
 

Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazilija
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50% Sep 24, 2020

I worked for 20 years as business manager for five different companies, while working as a translator only part-time and only in part of these 20 years. However, I deeply regret not investing in a full-time career as a translator a lot earlier, because it is incomparably better than the other choices I tried.

Johanne Farmer
 

R-i-c-h-a-r-d  Identity Verified
Brazilija
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About a third Sep 24, 2020

I did my first paid-for translation in 2003, which was 17 years ago, and I am now 52.

Doesn't time tick by?


 

Ana Vozone  Identity Verified
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Over 70% Sep 24, 2020

I finished my translation course in 1973, worked part-time as a translator until 1979, and have been freelancing full-time since then. If my arithmetic is right, I have been practicing translation for over 70% of my life ...

 

Helena Genel
Jungtinės Amerikos Valstijos
Local time: 15:01
Narys (2005)
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39% Sep 24, 2020

I feel so old now

 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
Jungtinės Amerikos Valstijos
Local time: 15:01
Narys (2003)
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64.36781609195403% Sep 25, 2020

According to an online calculator.

Tom in London
Chris S
 

Tom in London
Jungtinė Karalystė
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50% Sep 25, 2020

ProZ.com Staff wrote:

"For what percentage of your life have you been professionally practicing translation?"


I'm tempted to say: for as many years as it takes to understand the correct spelling of "practising".

For the first half of my life I was an architect, a university professor, and an architectural journalist/critic, with translating as a sideline.

Now it's the other way round: in the second half of my life I am a translator, with architecture, teaching, and journalism in the background but never far away.



[Edited at 2020-09-25 09:02 GMT]


Mervyn Henderson
 

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The last temptation of Tom Sep 25, 2020

Tom in London wrote:
I'm tempted to say: for as many years as it takes to understand the correct spelling of "practising".


Glad you were only tempted but did not feel quite able to do so.

(Only recently you said you didn't mind Americans writing in American...)


 

Mervyn Henderson  Identity Verified
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Thanks Tom Sep 25, 2020

I'd been waiting for ages for you to swing by with the practise/practice thing, as it irked me too.

But it can't be an American thing, can it? After all, nobody says "he adviced me to use an S for practise the verb and a C for practice the noun".

Oh, back to the topic - 50%. Before that I did a string of dead-end jobs, taught at various places in Spain and Ireland, and managed a go-kart track in Torrevieja for some minor Irish mafiosos. Some of you might even have had a
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I'd been waiting for ages for you to swing by with the practise/practice thing, as it irked me too.

But it can't be an American thing, can it? After all, nobody says "he adviced me to use an S for practise the verb and a C for practice the noun".

Oh, back to the topic - 50%. Before that I did a string of dead-end jobs, taught at various places in Spain and Ireland, and managed a go-kart track in Torrevieja for some minor Irish mafiosos. Some of you might even have had a spin there in the mid-80s. Actually, I might have accompanied one of you to the hospital, as we had a few nasty accidents there. Some kid left his ear lobe at the track. "Keep talking to the daft git, Mervyn lad," the boss would said as we carted the accidentees away. "Give him 5,000 pesetas out of the till if you like, but don't let him start in about compensation, for God's sake."

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Chris S  Identity Verified
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Well now we’re off topic and getting “RC” Sep 25, 2020

Am I the only one who thinks that talking about “practising translation” or having a “translation practice” is beyond pretentious and frankly vomit-inducing?

And anyway, I practised translation when I was at college. Now I just do it.

[Edited at 2020-09-25 11:14 GMT]


Mervyn Henderson
Dan Lucas
 

Mervyn Henderson  Identity Verified
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@Chris Sep 25, 2020

Right on! I thought about that too, after I thought about the -ice/-ise thing. Then I thought, better watch your step, better not say anything. I mean, doctors practise medicine, don't they, and lawyers practise law. Do accountants practise accountancy? Do consultants practise consultancy? Do firefighters practise firefighting? Do ladies and gentlemen of the night practise the oldest profession?

But no, I'm still with you there. I practised this, I got better at it, and now I just
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Right on! I thought about that too, after I thought about the -ice/-ise thing. Then I thought, better watch your step, better not say anything. I mean, doctors practise medicine, don't they, and lawyers practise law. Do accountants practise accountancy? Do consultants practise consultancy? Do firefighters practise firefighting? Do ladies and gentlemen of the night practise the oldest profession?

But no, I'm still with you there. I practised this, I got better at it, and now I just do it!
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Tom in London
Jungtinė Karalystė
Local time: 23:01
Narys (2008)
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Practice Sep 25, 2020

Mervyn Henderson wrote:

Right on! I thought about that too, after I thought about the -ice/-ise thing. Then I thought, better watch your step, better not say anything. I mean, doctors practise medicine, don't they, and lawyers practise law. Do accountants practise accountancy? Do consultants practise consultancy? Do firefighters practise firefighting? Do ladies and gentlemen of the night practise the oldest profession?

But no, I'm still with you there. I practised this, I got better at it, and now I just do it!


Well whether you like it or not I've been practising as an architect for many years. I have my own practice. But I've also done consultancy work for other practices.

My grandmother, who had a Belfast accent, used to say things like "have you practIZED" your piano scales? Pronounced as in "analysed".


 
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