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sebngwa3
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 Message 9 of 18
08 March 2014 at 7:18pm | IP Logged 
Ichiro wrote:
I went the programming route. That allowed me to work in Japan, where I learnt Japanese.
How long did it take you to learn programming?
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Serpent
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 Message 10 of 18
08 March 2014 at 11:15pm | IP Logged 
If it's been three years and you still haven't learned it, I think it's best to consider what other practical skills you can learn. I'd say programming is a hard field to break into as an adult. Most seem to start learning it as teenagers.
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Arekkusu
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 Message 11 of 18
08 March 2014 at 11:19pm | IP Logged 
Serpent wrote:
If it's been three years and you still haven't learned it, I think it's best to consider what other
practical skills you can learn. I'd say programming is a hard field to break into as an adult. Most seem to start
learning it as teenagers.

Same would apply to translation. You don't just start learning a language as an adult hoping to become a translator
anytime soon.

If you want to code or translate one day and you are starting from scratch, it's possible. But you need to stop talking
about it and start learning. And you better be patient and determined because it will take you several years before
you begin to have any marketable value.
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Volte
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 Message 12 of 18
09 March 2014 at 5:45am | IP Logged 
You can be useful as a coder a lot faster than you can be useful as a translator, but a competent professional level with a reasonable amount of breadth in either does take years. A lot of people need a website or a tool that does some simple calculations, while tasks of similar complexity for internal use can often be done with google translate (that is, if the company needs to understand something; if they put google-translated material out in public, they're severely misguided).

I've met some people who have worked professionally as programmers within 6 months of starting to code, as adults - you can learn a little, but well, in that amount of time. It's not the norm, but it's possible. With translating, I don't think that's possible, unless you already had an extremely high level in two languages, knowledge of a specific subject matter that you'll be translating texts about, strong writing skills, etc, and literally only had to learn how to translate.
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Expugnator
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 Message 13 of 18
10 March 2014 at 6:03pm | IP Logged 
What about learning programming for Android/iOs in order to develop language-learning
tools? Which path would one take?
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luke
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 Message 14 of 18
10 March 2014 at 8:04pm | IP Logged 
Expugnator wrote:
What about learning programming for Android/iOs in order to develop language-
learning tools? Which path would one take?


That's a clever idea to put passion to work in a practical way.
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Doitsujin
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 Message 15 of 18
10 March 2014 at 9:13pm | IP Logged 
Expugnator wrote:
What about learning programming for Android/iOs in order to develop language-learning tools? Which path would one take?

There are a couple of relatively easy to use tools for converting Web apps (HTML+Javascript) into Android, Windows and iOS apps. The best-known of these tools is Phonegap, which is free.

OTOH, there are already a gazillion language learning apps for smartphones out there...

If you're generally looking to combine your interest in programming languages and natural languages, check out the free Natural Language Toolkit (NLTK), which assumes almost no programming skills. (You'll need to be able to install Python and the NLTK files, but that's explained in great detail on the NLTK website and in the accompanying NLTK book (Natural Language Processing with Python --- Analyzing Text with the Natural Language Toolkit), which is also free.)



Edited by Doitsujin on 10 March 2014 at 9:14pm

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dampingwire
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 Message 16 of 18
10 March 2014 at 11:09pm | IP Logged 
Expugnator wrote:
What about learning programming for Android/iOs in order to develop
language-learning
tools? Which path would one take?


1. Learn to program
2. Learn to program for Android (or iOS)
3. Hack something together
4. ???
5. Profit

Or something like that. Learning about existing "language tools" is the easiest part I
would think.



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