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sebngwa3
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 Message 1 of 18
20 January 2011 at 5:37am | IP Logged 
..hone the languages you already know or learn new languages to try to make a living?

It seems there are much more Software Engineer jobs then translators. But you can also make good living
from translating.


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Splog
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 Message 2 of 18
20 January 2011 at 7:44am | IP Logged 
sebngwa3 wrote:

It seems there are much more Software Engineer jobs then translators. But you can also
make good living from translating.


You are right. There are far more jobs for programmers than translators, and they tend
to offer a much better income. I owned a software company for many years, before
retiring, with clients around the world. None of them demanded that my team spoke the
local language. English is the language of business in the software world. So, if you
can speak English fluently, then being a programmer will usually earn you more than
learning another language.


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20 January 2011 at 3:29pm | IP Logged 
I don't see why you can't do both. I also don't think "honing" a language is enough to become a successful translator.
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sebngwa3
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20 January 2011 at 11:42pm | IP Logged 
^
Then what is enough?
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Ygangerg
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 Message 5 of 18
22 January 2011 at 4:33am | IP Logged 
A handful of threads in the "Languages & Work" section have some good input from professional translators.

I've been looking into the field myself, and was told a very good analogy: if having two languages mastered is like having two hands, then being a good translator is like being a concert pianist...

That is to say, translation has its own skillset outside of linguistic competence. It demands solid writing skills, business skills, and mastery of a specialization (medical, legal, patents, etc).
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translator2
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22 January 2011 at 5:25am | IP Logged 
If you are interested in programming and foreign languages, why not consider a career in computational linguistics: Computational Linguistics


sebngwa3 wrote:
..hone the languages you already know or learn new languages to try to make a living?

It seems there are much more Software Engineer jobs then translators. But you can also make good living
from translating.


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Ichiro
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27 January 2011 at 5:37pm | IP Logged 
I went the programming route. That allowed me to work in Japan, where I learnt Japanese.
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hrhenry
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 Message 8 of 18
27 January 2011 at 6:03pm | IP Logged 
translator2 wrote:
If you are interested in programming and foreign languages, why not consider a career in computational linguistics: Computational Linguistics


Or localization. There is actually a need for talented localization programmers.

R.
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