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1e4e6
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 Message 9 of 14
10 November 2013 at 11:00pm | IP Logged 
I think both would be good. C1/C2 in two or three languages and B2 in four others or so.
I do not have degrees in anything related to translation, nor even humanities, but I
always wanted to accomplish C2 in two languages, then four others B2 at least, before age
40.

Also it depends on the job. I always wanted to move and work as a chemical engineer in
any of Spain, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, or Denmark. The job, although completely
unrelated to translation, probably needs C2, or C1 at the very minimum, to operate in a
chemical plant proficiently in a foreign language in a foreign country.
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chokofingrz
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 Message 10 of 14
11 November 2013 at 2:35pm | IP Logged 
emk wrote:
By "professional", I mean any white-color job


Maybe a Freudian slip, but the correct term is white-collar. :)

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Maralol
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 Message 11 of 14
11 November 2013 at 2:55pm | IP Logged 
Nice pun.
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tarvos
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 Message 12 of 14
11 November 2013 at 2:59pm | IP Logged 
1e4e6 wrote:
I think both would be good. C1/C2 in two or three languages and B2 in
four others or so.
I do not have degrees in anything related to translation, nor even humanities, but I
always wanted to accomplish C2 in two languages, then four others B2 at least, before
age
40.

Also it depends on the job. I always wanted to move and work as a chemical engineer in
any of Spain, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, or Denmark. The job, although completely
unrelated to translation, probably needs C2, or C1 at the very minimum, to operate in a
chemical plant proficiently in a foreign language in a foreign country.


It depends on the job you're doing, I think. I studied chemical engineering at
university and those who have done all speak fluent English - we used English
textbooks, so we will understand English terminology. But like I said, it depends on
the job you do. On location Dutch would be necessary, yes.
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Via Diva
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 Message 13 of 14
11 November 2013 at 3:00pm | IP Logged 
I'd rather be good at 3 languages (including native) than average in three (excluding native).

Actually, today I heard that my future (I hope) specialty (chemical engineering) in Russian science circles still feels like in USSR, and this all because people do not use foreign materials much. Our average is B1-B2 and this is the level when most feel that they know language just enough for themselves. But when they have to deal with some English books, it's easy to feel overwhelmed (yeah, I know it myself). Eventually no one gets nothing and this just goes on until one will just learn the language better.

Of course, it all depends. If I were involved in tourism, I'd preferred more languages with B1-B2 level, but I'll never know :)
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emk
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 Message 14 of 14
11 November 2013 at 4:26pm | IP Logged 
chokofingrz wrote:
emk wrote:
By "professional", I mean any white-color job

Maybe a Freudian slip, but the correct term is white-collar. :)

Fixed, thank you. My spelling has gotten slightly less reliable now that I have to balance two languages in my head.


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