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Poll: If money were no object, would you still translate for fun?
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Nilton Junior  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 05:19
Member (2009)
English to Portuguese
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Honest answer? Not sure May 7, 2018

As much as I love translating, I do not see the entire process (accepting a job, translating it, sending queries, preparing invoices, etc.) as a hobby. I guess it depends on how much money I would have in this hypothetical scenario.

Would my yearly income from translation be reasonable compared to my wealth or would it be a drop in the ocean? If my earnings make no difference whatsoever, I believe I wouldn't feel motivated to provide the same level of service I currently do, so I co
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As much as I love translating, I do not see the entire process (accepting a job, translating it, sending queries, preparing invoices, etc.) as a hobby. I guess it depends on how much money I would have in this hypothetical scenario.

Would my yearly income from translation be reasonable compared to my wealth or would it be a drop in the ocean? If my earnings make no difference whatsoever, I believe I wouldn't feel motivated to provide the same level of service I currently do, so I could as well simply quit the business and retire.
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Silke Walter  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 08:19
Member (2014)
English to German
Yes, but.. May 7, 2018

Yes, but only for non-profit organisations.

 

Kay Denney  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 08:19
Member (2018)
French to English
Not for fun May 8, 2018

I wouldn't translate for fun, well unless someone gave me very funny texts to translate.
But I would certainly continue doing pro bono translation for the NGOs I hold dear to my heart, and stuff to help friends out.


 

Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 08:19
Member
English to French
No May 8, 2018

Translation is not exactly my idea of "fun". I'd rather cross the Antartic riding a camel.

Philippe


 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 23:19
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Not sure May 8, 2018

Currently I'm also writing two books (one technical and the other an extension of my published memoir) that I would like to spend more time on. I really love to write.

On the other hand, one thing I know is that I get a great feeling of satisfaction every time I get an assignment, and I think I would miss that.


 

Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 05:19
Member (2014)
English to Portuguese
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Not only for fun May 8, 2018

I always say if I win the lottery, I'll keep translating.
For health purposes, you must keep an intellectual and a physical activity, always. I'm not gonna grow fat and ill. I'll keep reading, doing crossword puzzles, and translating, because out of all jobs I had in my life, translating is the only one I love.
And this is not "for fun". In addition to the health reasons, you'll keep acquiring knowledge, which I believe is the one and only thing you'll carry from this life.


 
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