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Now, with about 6,500 spoken languages in the world, what chance do you stand to get a job working as a translator or interpreter? Well, that depends on whether you really, really want this kind of a job AND on how well prepared you are to be acceptable to employers and agencies who need skilled translators and interpreters.
Let’s start with what is involved in this type of profession. At the most basic level, you would be responsible for converting information from one language (the source) to another (the target), by using your knowledge of the languages, cultures and the subject matter being discussed.
As it says, knowledge of the languages is primordial. You can be a world-renowned scientist in your field, but if you don’t know how to express a subject in your field in the target language, you’re doomed as a translator or interpreter. Google Translate just will not do! To test this, you only need to choose a text in a different language than your own and have it translated by the Google translation algorithm, then test if you understand what it says and you approve of the quality you received. The answer is a crying out loud: NO!
Now, you do realise how interpreting in real-time can be stressful because you will have to keep up with the speaker. You would often have to face tight deadlines. Another inconvenience of this type of jobs is that translators and interpreters who are self-employed may face long periods without work and have other times when they are very busy.
until our next lesson on this profession, I’d like to leave you with a
great smile on your face today, by pointing you to the funniest
interpreter I’ve ever seen online: Catherine Tate in "The secretary who speaks 7 languages!"
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