Greater than 9 minutes, my friend!
It’s that time of the year again!
Today, hundreds of thousands of translators all over the globe celebrate the International Translation Day.
Since The Open Mic is a blogging community for translators we decided to publish an article that celebrates this incredible profession!
We reached out to the members of our community and asked them one simple question:
Here are some of the replies that we received. Enjoy and don’t forget to share! 👐👐👐
Being a translator means removing a language barrier and, as much as possible, bridging a cultural gap between people.
It means seeing the world through different eyes. As a translator, I work with people from all over the world. All of them have a different interpretation about life and other things. So, have more than two eyes while being a translator.
Being a translator means helping my clients share their discoveries, inventions, and groundbreaking technologies and processes with the rest of the world, and that the Global South has a stronger voice in medicine, engineering, and science. I constantly learn about new developments that make me proud to be a part of my field and a member of my community.
Being a game translator allows me to provide to others the same experience that has been provided to me in my childhood: a unique sensation that the game you’re playing was made for you. That’s what it comes down to, in my mind. It is also a new challenge in every project, because no game is ever the same, even on sequels, they all have their own, personal, tone.
To me, being a translator means giving people access to things, knowledge, places, and people that they wouldn’t normally have.
Cristel Abou Anni
You see, in addition to impeccable linguistic skills and excellent command of both source and target languages, a translator must be knowledgeable. The simple amount of information a translator is exposed to in their career is simply fascinating to me. As a translator, you get to learn something new every day, which somehow builds you in ways you’ve never thought possible, and makes you an indispensable asset in any working environment you choose.
Being a translator is a dream come true. It started more than 20 years ago and is still a true pleasure. An interest that fueled my determination to learn, discover, understand, connect, develop. A journey still on its way. A translator is a traveler. Always ready to start out for a new adventure.
Being a freelance translator means freedom. Freedom to work (or not). Freedom to travel and work from anywhere. Freedom to create.
Being a translator for me has two aspects – a general aspect and a personal one. The general aspect involves linking people, contributing to the improvement of human relationship in different domains. The personal aspect: I love to be a translator, to do this job even when it’s complicated. At the end it is always worth it.
Being a translator is a big challenge. You constantly have to cope with the feeling that things could have been better and you are challenged to reach new heights with every new assignment. It’s up to you to further develop your skills and gain satisfied clients. Being a translator is a constant chase. You have to be up to date with different trends that make the translation process easier.
Translator is a nobleman or noblewoman who translates the source language into target language. Also, he or she is a political researcher. Presidents or classy politicians speak through translator. Translation is a critical job, and your classy translation may save the world.
By translating you get to know the world, you connect individuals with the people that matter to them, you understand and value differences.
To me, translation means freedom. The freedom to choose your clients, your projects and the days or times you work. And above all the freedom to finally be able to combine, in a profession that pays well, a range of slightly odd skills – being fussy about grammar and spelling, enjoying research, knowing about a wide variety of obscure subjects, being perfectly happy working alone for hours or weeks at a time, loving to write… To me, being a translator is the best thing in the world!
To me being a translator means omnipresence. You give a lot to a translation: time, dedication, struggle to find the right words etc. By doing so, your translation carries something that is truly yours. Eventually your work will be published and sent in different countries and to different people. That’s why I call it omnipresence. 🙂
Being a translator means that I can balance being in- and outside of projects, discussions, negotiations – I am more of an observer than a participant, and this is a role in which I feel very comfortable. I see translation as my way of having an impact on the world and influencing, enhancing the success of my clients. It is a calling of sorts.
Being a translator means putting all of my passion. Because I have always loved languages and foreign cultures. Because I worked very hard in search for my own language. Because my long road searching meant engaging in intercultural communication. Because I discovered my place in the world that way!
It’s a great opportunity to learn new things through translation and research. And even greater opportunity to help people understand each other, get access to new cultures, and to important and sometimes life-saving information.
To me, being a translator means freedom. I get to connect people through language and culture, I get to learn something new every single day, and it allows me to travel the world while I am working. The best job ever!
I understand that language is a living thing. So, new phrases and cultural references are constantly being added as the time passes so translators need to embrace the culture of the languages they are dealing with and also the current events, as those have a major impact on the way people communicate. So, to me, translation means it’s not just conveying meaning from one language to another, they re-create. It’s architecture of words building bridges that connect people and cultures from around the world.
For me, to be a translator means destroying communication barriers, spreading culture and helping internationalism. In this world, where languages aren’t a tool for the describing culture, but a tool of the separating people, the translators are those, who fight against it.
Translation is my life. It’s what I do and I thoroughly enjoy it. It also changed my life and helped me find myself after I had to give up my career as a biologist. To put it simple I knew another language so I started translating and I have not stopped ever since.
.@OpenMicXL8 Translating to me means learning something new. Whether it's how to write something in EN or about translation/game industry.
— Jennifer O'Donnell (@JENTranslations) September 14, 2017
Being a translator means everything to me! It allows me to make a living by sharing amazing information and content about topics I love with the rest of the world. And being a freelancer gives me the flexibility to always be around for the people who matter to me. Who would look back?
Clarisa Pereira G. A.
The main feeling I get when I start a new project or when my students discover the meaning of a technical sentence is that translators are the key that opens the world door to people who cannot open it by themselves. What I’m saying is that we help people study, travel, do business, read, know, feel, meet, buy, etc. like any other human being on the other side of the world, or let people from the other side of the world do the same with us too. It’s like we help people be connected and be closer.
I open portals to other worlds.
To me, being a translator means helping people gain access to information that otherwise would have been unavailable to them, and information is power. Besides, reading and practicing my languages are part of my job, but as they are activities I enjoy a lot, it doesn’t feel like working at all. This is really the job I never knew I needed!
To me being a TRANSLATOR means performing a divine duty of justifying the brotherhood of men through languages. Being a translator I feel like curing a paralyzed body to fitness for work by making the body parts to interactively respond to each other’s reaction.
It means everything. Communication is key to everything. Without it, we are all lost. So I see myself as a Superwoman of languages. if I can help someone to clearly convey their message in another language then wam bam thank you maam’! 🙂
Mariana Alves Passos
Translation brings together lots of things that I love: storytelling, communication, learning (to name a few). Being a translator is bringing information, stories and culture from different parts of the world to people who might never have the chance of learning a second (or third) language. It means facilitating communication in small (individuals) and big scale (corporations). And I learn something new everyday! Either new words, or instructions to use a new equipment!
To me, translation is a way to help people share ideas, knowledge, experience and all the awesome things there are. We are all separated by language barriers. Translation is a way to overcome and destroy them. Just imagine, what an awesome world are we creating!
While nowadays some people want to build walls to hide from strangers, I like to see myself, as a translator, as a bridge builder. However small and insignificant that bridge may be, I’m working towards bringing people together. Take that, Donald!
For me being a translator means to bring one world to another, to connect it and to give both worlds an opportunity to understand each other. It’s more important job that it may look. I’d say it’s more of a mission rather than just a job.
Being a translator for me is to be the bridge between two communities, one that makes both cultural and linguistic communication possible.
As a freelance translator I feel honored to work for so many big and small companies that keep our economy running. It’s an amazing feeling when you deliver a good job and then see it in marketing materials of your client or when you translate a press release and then see it picked up by the media. My love for languages is combined with my fascination by fabulous technologies and I keep exploring that field, always eager to see what comes next. Thanks to the freedom of being a freelancer I can always explore new paths which can offer new opportunities to my clients and colleagues alike. Even when it doesn’t work out the way I thought it would, I still enjoy it nonetheless.
Being a translator means, that I can help products, services and ideas to spread around the world.
What about you friend?
What does being a translator mean to you, friend?
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Once again, happy International Translation Day, dear friends and colleagues!
Whenever you are in the world I hope that on this day you’re not glued to your screen, working on another urgent project.
I wish you a lot of success and I hope that your professional life will be rife with new opportunities, exciting projects and terrific clients who respect you, appreciate the work you do and, of course, pay you handsomely. 🙂
Happy International Translation Day, friend!
Hugs and high-fives from Toronto!