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Poll: Which of these animals best represents the freelance translator, in your opinion?
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Natalia Pedrosa (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:23
English to Spanish
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Parrot Feb 21, 2012

I spend all day long speaking to myself and nobody pays any attention to me.



 

Jacek Sierakowski
Belgium
Local time: 03:23
English to French
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:-) Feb 21, 2012

Natalia Pedrosa wrote:

I spend all day long speaking to myself and nobody pays any attention to me.



 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 10:23
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Other ... Feb 21, 2012

I think we can be likened to sponges for the amount of information we're expected to soak in and punchbags for the amount of punishment we can take.

Happy translating!

[Edited at 2012-02-21 09:20 GMT]


 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 02:23
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Other Feb 21, 2012

An hybrid animal: half bookworm, half parrot (for the same reasons as Natalia)...

 

Rob Lunn  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 03:23
Spanish to English
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Hermit crab for me Feb 21, 2012

Now just let me pull back into my shell…

 

Gennady Lapardin  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 04:23
Italian to Russian
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The snake Feb 21, 2012

Your translation may be useful, may be not, like the snake's poison

 

Interlangue (X)
Angola
Local time: 03:23
English to French
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Chameleon Feb 21, 2012

We have to adjust to many different people, texts, ways of thinking, ways of expressing things, cultures, etc., change our appearance without changing our nature.
I do speak a lot to myself too (I think out loud actually) but never felt like a parrot.


 

Vitals  Identity Verified
Lithuania
Local time: 04:23
Member (2008)
English to Lithuanian
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All of them Feb 21, 2012

This poll is one of the day-brighteners! Thanks to the author.

Excellent comparisons. I have been called a parrot, a scapegoat and a bookworm before (as a translator). Chameleon is a nice shot. Ape - good for an interpreter with expressive manners. Unknown fossil - yes, an unknown "incognito" mechanism in human skin that works in mysterious ways.

Also, a horse, a workhorse probably for the amount of work.

Have a nice day!
VS


 

Andrea Brumma
Spain
Local time: 03:23
English to German
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Chameleon / hybrid Feb 21, 2012

Haha, I love that one.
I am a hybrid.
A chameleon for adapting to new subjects and challenges every day.
A hermit crab, because this is my personality - I love being alone and undisturbed.
A bookworm, because I love reading.
A smiling cat – when investing in CAT tools pays back instead of resulting in clients demanding unreasonable discounts or deadlines.
With “potential clients” trying to throw peanuts at me, I sometimes feel like a monkey, but th
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Haha, I love that one.
I am a hybrid.
A chameleon for adapting to new subjects and challenges every day.
A hermit crab, because this is my personality - I love being alone and undisturbed.
A bookworm, because I love reading.
A smiling cat – when investing in CAT tools pays back instead of resulting in clients demanding unreasonable discounts or deadlines.
With “potential clients” trying to throw peanuts at me, I sometimes feel like a monkey, but the good thing is that I am not a monkey in a cage, but a free(lance) one that can reject those peanuts and look for huge and tasty bananas elsewhere.
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David Wright  Identity Verified
Austria
Local time: 03:23
German to English
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dung beetle Feb 21, 2012

eats sh--- and sh--s sh---

or GIGO, to use a term form the early days of computing.

(actually I consider the translator to have skills that raise him/her not only above the level of animals but even above those of other humans - they only have to produce their stuff - we have to a) understand it and b) express it in a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT LANGUAGE! )


 

Jennifer Forbes  Identity Verified
Local time: 02:23
Member (2006)
French to English
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Cart horse Feb 21, 2012

I was about to say cart horse, but I see someone else got there first. Think of poor, betrayed Boxer in Animal Farm ...
Slogging on,
Jenny


 

Chun Un  Identity Verified
Macau
Member (2007)
English to Chinese
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Hermit crab Feb 21, 2012

Very interesting poll question indeed...

 

Emma Goldsmith  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 03:23
Member (2010)
Spanish to English
Has Parrot checked out this poll? Feb 21, 2012

I wonder what Parrot voted.

 

ikeda45  Identity Verified
Local time: 10:23
English to Japanese
Cat Feb 21, 2012

I have a parrot myself and learned a lot about them. Parrots are highly sociable and can't stand to be alone.

 
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