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Re: OT: Translation (was Re: Spanish translation needed)

From:Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>
Date:Wednesday, January 3, 2007, 7:12
On 1/3/07, Eric Christopherson <rakko@...> wrote:
> This reminds me -- does anyone on this list do translation for money? > What are your experiences with it? I would somewhat like to do > English/Spanish translation (since I have this Spanish degree I'm > doing nothing with), but from people I've talked to it sounds like it > might not be something I could support myself on. Still, I'd like to > know how to go about getting into it,
Get a degree. TTBOMK, there are specific degrees in translating, and I imagine that for serious jobs, you'd need specific job-related (i.e. translating) credentials, not just generic language-related ones. Just knowing a language is not enough to translate into or out of it, I think. Also, I believe that it's considered best practice to translate into one's native language only, not into any other language one may have learned (those are fine as source languages, but not as target language). Unless you really have native-like fluency with idiom, fine shades of meaning, and a broad vocabulary, then perhaps... but in general, no. If you use LiveJournal, the "interlingual" community may be a place to ask; it's intended to be a gathering-place for professional translators and interpreters, though it's rather low-volume. Which reminds me: translating and interpreting are also two different skill-sets, and someone who's good at one may not be good at the other. So you'd also need to decide whether you want to translate (written documents) or interpret (spoken words). Cheers, -- Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>