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    • November 18, 2013 9:08 PM EET
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      It's nice to see familiar names here! Let's bring life to this young forum, shall we?

      Here is my topic for discussion: which part of your work do you love best? We all know that translation is not the only activity when you're a freelance translator. For many of us it's also interpreting, meeting new people and socializing. For translators it can be editing and proofreading. For both interpreters and translators it might be research, self-improvement, mastering new areas of expertise. Some people even enjoy marketing and self-promotion (including - argh! - looking for new clients and assignments). What makes YOU feel happy and proud to be what you are?

       

      As for me, I am passionate about proofreading and editing (in Russian). "Poofread - proofred - profread!" (I've read it a couple of years ago and was immensely amused). I think 50% of my work is revision and editing (sometimes they also call it proofreading and terminology might be slightly different with different customers).

       

      So what's you cup of tea?

       

      Regards,

      Natalia

    • November 19, 2013 5:56 PM EET
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      Proofreading is a nice job, it helps you to actually see the difference between the standard translation and reality and help fellow translators improve.

       

      For me best part of profession is (unsurprisingly :) ) organizing things, research and automation of repetitive tasks.

    • November 25, 2013 12:54 PM EET
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      The favourite part of my job is the actual process of translating, when sometimes you discover a whole new world and try to understand it right. Then you start looking for appropriate equivalents and that reminds me of a real digging in target language. I get excited every time I find exact word to use. And finally you transform the whole thing so that it can be clear not only for you. It's like magic. Your personal piece of art.

       

      And as for interpretation it's always funny to see people smiling after you help them understand each other. Though I don't have much practice in interpreting I like this feeling of being needed. I enjoy being able to see the immediate result of my work. It's always inspiring.

    • May 2, 2016 11:09 AM EEST
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      What is your favourite part of the job?

      Hi Natalia, 

      As an interperter, the favourite part in my job is meeting new people, I simply love to socialize. Fifteen years ago I worked for a translation agency in agency, it wasn´t really my cup of tea not enough order and reliability. However nowadays agencies are not what they were, they are way more developped. For example agencies like [Link removed] only employ native professionals and offer various services like SEO developpment or proofreading. Fiffteen years ago is was a bit of a mess. I therefore think that I may enjoy it more and go back to being a translator. To answer your question short and sweetly Natalia, I simply love languages. 

      This post was edited by Mikhail Sergievskiy at July 4, 2016 3:52 PM EEST

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