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What is an \"economically viable\" language combination?
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Blanca Rodriguez
Local time: 16:03
English to Spanish
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Jul 14, 2001

Nick,



I agree with everything you have written. I actually chose my language pairs only considering my personal preferences and not the market. I have to admit that I didn\'t choose French because everybody in Spain does English and French and it is always good to have a \"big\" language and a not so common one... and German is still not common in Spain. Also, I have to admit my absolute unability to learn French.
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Nick,



I agree with everything you have written. I actually chose my language pairs only considering my personal preferences and not the market. I have to admit that I didn\'t choose French because everybody in Spain does English and French and it is always good to have a \"big\" language and a not so common one... and German is still not common in Spain. Also, I have to admit my absolute unability to learn French.



But I think the big issue is the areas you specialize at. I think there is always a good market in a determined area for each combination, no matter how weird or commonn it may be. The thing is being comfortable with your work. Personally I find producing a high quality work more dificult when I don\'t like the topic of the translation. For instance, I hate legal and economic translations, so I just don\'t take them. I know I\'m banning myself from a big piece fo the cake... But I just don\'t like that cake. Instead, I focuse on things like IT, website loclization, environment, biology or other stuff I like. There is still plenty of work and I can enjoy doing it instead of struggling through each word. Our work is already hard enough to make it harder!



I mean, the money isn\'t worth learning a pair of languages I don\'t like and working in a field I hate.



What do you think?
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