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expressisverbis
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A detective's eye May 18

Angie Garbarino wrote:

Also a detective


Translators are already a sort of detectives. We have a sharp eye for detail, so we would be good detectives.


Angie Garbarino
 

Sara Massons  Identity Verified
France
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Too many choices... this is why I love my job May 18

Architect, webdesigner, game designer, game tester (great one !), market gardener, goat breeder (I love goat cheese), professional mountain bike rider, circus artist, professional dancer, anthomologist, botanist... and much more.

Finally, if I had the choice by now, I'd retire alone in a wild forest, away from my kids and just wait for the end listening to birds and insects and looking at plants and fungi and all the music of life...

[Edited at 2020-05-18 22:19 GMT]


Jean Dimitriadis
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Becca Resnik  Identity Verified
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Sounds like some incredible conversation May 19

Sheila Wilson wrote:

...if I'd been rich I'd have liked to have done a lot more motor-racing, maybe even as a Grand Prix driver like my grandmother.


Now that sounds like an incredible person to just sit and have hours of conversations with!


 

Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
Spain
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She got old too :( May 19

Becca Resnik wrote:
Sheila Wilson wrote:
...if I'd been rich I'd have liked to have done a lot more motor-racing, maybe even as a Grand Prix driver like my grandmother.

Now that sounds like an incredible person to just sit and have hours of conversations with!

I'm sure it would have been great. Unfortunately, by the time I could converse she was suffering so badly from schizophrenia that she was happier talking to herself. I was terrified of her. She did leave my father her last car though. So parked outside our 2-bed flat was a Rolls Royce, until we couldn't afford to repair it. (I had a rather strange childhood .)

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Mervyn Henderson  Identity Verified
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Master criminal May 19

I thought about it, but quickly realised it would be a difficult caper. I would have been much smarter and more expedient than the likes of Dr No and Goldfinger, though. So, a bullet in the head for Bond at the first opportunity, even before he makes it to the island. If you really must go through the ludicrous “Good evening, Mr Bond, I’ve been expecting you” rigmarole, and have him sit down first to a succulent dinner cooked by a psychopathic dwarf and then handcuff him and suspend him ov... See more
I thought about it, but quickly realised it would be a difficult caper. I would have been much smarter and more expedient than the likes of Dr No and Goldfinger, though. So, a bullet in the head for Bond at the first opportunity, even before he makes it to the island. If you really must go through the ludicrous “Good evening, Mr Bond, I’ve been expecting you” rigmarole, and have him sit down first to a succulent dinner cooked by a psychopathic dwarf and then handcuff him and suspend him over a tank full of alligators to be lowered down there ever so slowly, that’s your lookout, but please consider that his bikini-clad accomplice will be holding the key to the handcuffs about her person. Yes, I know the lecherous little turd searched that bikini thoroughly, but just think about it, will you?

Too many things could go wrong, which is why I didn’t bother in the end. Mostly logistics and supplies. Where DO you buy one of those giant electronic world maps that rises noiselessly up from the floor at the touch of a button to show Washington, New York, London, Moscow and all the rest, with all the flashing lights and arrows at the launch pads? Without raising any suspicion, I mean. So you can hardly make an enquiry at Walmart’s special requirements desk. Who DO you go to with the specifications for that alligator tank? And are there one-stop shops for alligator tanks, or do you have to buy the tank from one supplier and the reptiles from an alligator purveyor?

Not to mention the staff you’d need. What can you do but put an ad in the paper? “Help wanted on remote island. Free transportation and live-in conditions. Job involves taking copious notes on clipboards and studying parameters on giant wall screens. Knowledge of nuclear systems and haute cuisine an advantage. Occasional machine-gunning required during contingencies, and candidates must feel comfortable around alligators. We are an equal opportunities employer, and welcome applications from the vertically and dentally challenged."
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Lincoln Hui  Identity Verified
Hong Kong
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. May 20

I would like to answer musician, but then I remember that I'm only able to do that because of the money I make in translation.

 

Jocelin Meunier  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 10:13
English to French
. May 20

Before I studied languages, I actually did some internships in a bookshop and a library. Owning a bookshop would definitely be my second choice.

P.L.F.Persio
 

Tradwind
France
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Gardener May 21

Growing tomatoes (which I am doing right now as my work as translator had dried up the last two months).

P.L.F.Persio
 

Cátia Cassiano  Identity Verified
Australia
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English to Portuguese
Maybe a teacher Jul 2

O love helping others and share ideas and knowledge.

 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
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Being a librarian is possibly overrated! Jul 2

I am not sure I would really want to go back to my old job as a librarian, and they are not what they used to be when I trained, before the days of the Internet!! Still, there are lots of different kinds of libraries, and with all those lovely colleagues, maybe we could set up a library the way we wanted it!

Sheila could organise the IT so that it was useful and not a pain, and perhaps there would be enough of us just to work flexi-time when it suited us.

Otherwise I ha
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I am not sure I would really want to go back to my old job as a librarian, and they are not what they used to be when I trained, before the days of the Internet!! Still, there are lots of different kinds of libraries, and with all those lovely colleagues, maybe we could set up a library the way we wanted it!

Sheila could organise the IT so that it was useful and not a pain, and perhaps there would be enough of us just to work flexi-time when it suited us.

Otherwise I have reached the age where my ambition is to be an active grandmother and pensioner. Spending time behind the scenes at a local charity shop and museums, perhaps, or as an occasional caterer for private parties.

In practice, I think I will keep on translating as long as my clients are satisfied!
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mughwI
United States
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Best of All Worlds Jul 2

Billionaire Philanthropist.

Liviu-Lee Roth
 
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