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Typically, how long does it take you to reply to an email from a regular client?
By anonymous
6-15 minutes 31.9%
1-5 minutes 25.9%
16-30 minutes 18.6%
31-45 minutes 6.3%
46-60 minutes 5.5%
Other - N/A 5.5%
More than 60 minutes 3.8%
I don't know 2.6%
733 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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On average, how many exchanges do you have with a client before beginning work on a job?
By anonymous - featured on Dec 9
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In your opinion, which kind of sport is the best for a full time translator?
By inesfly - featured on Dec 8
Jogging / Walking 41.1%
Swimming 20.7%
Other - N/A 19.8%
Team sports 10.6%
Cycling 7.9%
445 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Would you want to take the test to become an ATA-Certified Translator (if open to non-ATA members)?
By anonymous - featured on Dec 7
Yes 37.8%
Maybe 20.9%
No 19.7%
What is an ATA-Certified Translator? 12.9%
I'm an ATA member or I'm already certified 5.4%
Other - N/A 1.8%
Yes, but they don't offer it in my language pair 1.5%
613 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Proofreading/editing a bad translation is...
By Helen Portefaix - featured on Dec 6
Particularly irritating 43.8%
Not something I do 18.1%
Particularly tedious 15.4%
A job like any other 12.3%
A challenge I relish 7.7%
Other - N/A 2.7%
819 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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How do you generally respond to requests for your "best" rate?
By James A. Walsh - featured on Dec 4
I offer my standard rate 79.3%
I offer a higher/my highest rate 9.2%
Other - N/A 6.0%
I offer a reduced rate 5.4%
1094 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you use more than one clock to show the hour for different time zones?
By anonymous - featured on Dec 1
No 73.7%
Yes 17.8%
No, but I am considering doing so 5.0%
Other - N/A 2.1%
I used to, but ... (please share) 1.5%
482 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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What do you do if a Project Manager is not being professional in their communications?
By Sofia Gutkin - featured on Nov 30
Let them know you are unhappy 28.5%
I don't know, it hasn't happened to me 27.3%
Decline to work with them 16.8%
Pretend nothing is wrong 10.5%
Other (please share) 8.1%
Ignore their communications 6.1%
Complain to their manager 2.8%
543 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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How difficult do you find it to communicate rate adjustments to your clients?
By anonymous - featured on Nov 29
Somewhat difficult 41.4%
Extremely difficult 27.2%
Not a problem at all 17.3%
I don't know yet 9.7%
It depends on... (please share) 4.4%
636 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Are you doing post-editing?
By Janet Muehlbacher - featured on Nov 28
Yes, now and then 27.1%
No, but I would consider it if there's no other work 25.1%
No, and I wouldn't ever do it 24.3%
Yes, regularly 14.5%
I would, but clients have not asked for it 4.9%
Other - N/A 4.2%
717 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Problems with clients: how much are these due to poor communication?
By anonymous - featured on Nov 27
I don't know 22.7%
50 - 75% 21.4%
1 - 25% 17.8%
75 - 99% 15.9%
25 - 50% 10.6%
None 7.9%
100% 3.8%
585 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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In 2019, the longest payment term I have agreed to was for...
By anonymous - featured on Nov 26
45 - 60 days 42.0%
30 - 45 days 20.4%
Greater than 60 days 17.4%
30 days 12.2%
Other - N/A 4.4%
2 - 3 weeks after delivery 1.5%
A week after delivery 1.3%
1 - 2 weeks after delivery 0.8%
754 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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The attention I pay to subtitles as a language professional sometimes ruins my viewing pleasure.
By anonymous - featured on Nov 25
True 56.6%
False 31.0%
N/A 12.4%
507 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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My translations are most comparable to this food:
By anonymous - featured on Nov 24
How dare you try to compare my translations to food? 29.3%
Other (please share) 16.4%
A fancy 5-star meal 12.6%
A bowl of fruit 8.4%
Pasta 6.1%
Cake 5.9%
A hamburger and side of fries 5.9%
A salad, or a nice soup if it's cold out 5.4%
Something completely vegan and organic 4.2%
Something spicy! 3.3%
Barbeque 2.6%
427 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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How often do you feel you should pay for updates of your CAT tool(s)?
By anonymous - featured on Nov 23
Never 24.5%
Every 2-4 years 23.0%
Whenever I see major improvements 21.1%
Every 5-9 years 9.6%
Every year (subscription) 7.5%
N/A 7.0%
Other (please share) 5.4%
Every 10 years or more 1.8%
612 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Does working as a translator affect your free time reading?
By Bora Taşdemir - featured on Nov 22
To a certain degree 35.3%
Absolutely 32.7%
No, not at all 25.2%
I don't know 5.1%
Other - N/A 1.7%
725 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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When I proofread, I have a feeling that many translators cut corners...
By anonymous - featured on Nov 21
Somewhat agree 31.0%
Agree 17.2%
I am not sure 14.1%
I do not proofread 12.9%
Somewhat disagree 9.8%
Disagree 8.8%
Other 6.2%
674 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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How many regular clients would you say you have at the moment?
By anonymous - featured on Nov 20
2 - 5 49.4%
5 - 10 25.2%
One 7.5%
None 6.7%
10 - 15 5.4%
More than twenty 2.4%
15 - 20 1.8%
Other - N/A 1.6%
1024 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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How much do you rely on your phone for work?
By anonymous - featured on Nov 18
Very little 27.8%
Somewhat 26.8%
Greatly 22.7%
Not at all 22.4%
Other - N/A 0.3%
594 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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I clean my keyboard...
By anonymous - featured on Nov 17
When I remember to or it looks like it needs it 34.5%
Occasionally 17.0%
Regularly 16.2%
Almost never 15.6%
Not very often 12.1%
Never 4.5%
Other - N/A 0.2%
513 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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The last time I took a translation-related course was:
By anonymous - featured on Nov 16
More than a year or two ago 26.8%
Never 18.7%
This year 15.5%
I don't remember 11.9%
This month 11.3%
A year or two ago 7.3%
Last year 6.2%
Other - N/A 2.3%
657 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Can a non-native speaker have a better command of a given language than a native speaker?
By Ilias Marios Kounas - featured on Nov 15
Yes 46.3%
No 24.0%
Only in his/her field of expertise 13.7%
I don't know 8.7%
Only in written language 3.8%
Other - N/A 3.4%
1020 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Does your workload usually pick up towards year-end?
By anonymous - featured on Nov 13
Yes, a bit 28.5%
No, it generally stays the same 23.6%
I'm not sure 19.3%
No, it generally drops off a bit 9.9%
Yes, a lot 9.6%
No, it generally drops off a lot 5.8%
Other - N/A 3.3%
695 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Of these, which is the most common requirement you see when applying to agencies?
By Michael Michael_Mathieu - featured on Nov 12
Experience (e.g. 5 years minimum) 46.3%
Translation tests 30.0%
Other - N/A 11.5%
Higher education degree (BA, MA, etc.) 8.1%
Language-related certification (JLPT, etc.) 4.0%
1248 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do your clients generally appreciate or require updates on job progress before the deadline?
By anonymous - featured on Nov 5
Yes, some of them 45.0%
No 44.2%
I don't know 4.7%
Yes, all of them 3.1%
Other - N/A 3.1%
749 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Where do you think the future of translators lies?
By Rita Utt - featured on Nov 4
Very specialised translations 32.0%
I don't know 19.3%
Business as usual, but higher volumes 18.8%
Editing and rewriting 18.1%
Translation of literature and subtitling 6.7%
Other (please share) 5.0%
579 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you listen to any podcasts on translation or interpreting?
By anonymous - featured on Nov 3
No 47.2%
No, but I'd like to 19.2%
I didn't know there were any 12.4%
Yes 11.8%
I don't know what that is 5.3%
I used to 4.1%
532 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Would you say your approach to marketing is active or passive?
By anonymous - featured on Nov 2
Mostly passive 45.5%
Entirely passive 23.2%
Mostly active 20.1%
Entirely active 6.5%
Other - N/A 4.7%
642 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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If a client requested you use a specific CAT tool you dislike (free account provided), you would...
By anonymous - featured on Nov 1
Accept the job anyways 43.6%
Negotiate for another tool to be used 29.9%
Decline the job 15.7%
Other - N/A 10.8%
720 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Have any regular clients lost contact with you this year without telling you why?
By anonymous - featured on Oct 31
No 40.5%
Yes 36.1%
Not sure yet... 19.4%
Other - N/A 4.0%
681 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Have you ever transposed a grammatical error because it is a usual form in the given specialty?
By Susana E. Cano Méndez - featured on Oct 30
No 36.6%
I don't remember 33.2%
Yes 19.1%
Other - N/A 11.2%
555 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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How often does your (main) CAT tool crash?
By anonymous - featured on Oct 29
Almost never 38.7%
Occasionally 23.5%
Never 13.9%
Other - N/A 10.6%
About once a week 6.2%
About once a day 4.1%
Several times a day 3.0%
728 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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How many words do you usually translate per day?
By anonymous - featured on Oct 28
2,000 - 2,500 17.6%
1,500 - 2,000 17.5%
2,500 - 3,000 14.5%
1,000 - 1,500 11.4%
3,000 - 3,500 9.8%
Fewer than 1,000 6.1%
3,500 - 4,000 4.6%
I don't know 4.6%
Other - N/A 3.8%
Over 6,000 3.3%
4,500 - 5,000 2.6%
4,000 - 4,500 1.9%
5,000 - 5,500 1.7%
5,500 - 6,000 0.6%
692 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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If you could switch to a new area of expertise overnight, would you?
By anonymous - featured on Oct 27
No, I'm happy where I am 58.1%
Yes (please share) 33.5%
Other - N/A 8.4%
463 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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If you could switch to a new language pair overnight, would you?
By anonymous - featured on Oct 26
No 57.7%
Yes (please share) 33.3%
Other - N/A 8.9%
615 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Would you say competition in your pair(s) or area(s) of expertise has increased in the past 2 years?
By anonymous - featured on Oct 25
Yes 42.3%
I don't know 41.2%
No 15.1%
Other - N/A 1.4%
709 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Your business so far during the 4th quarter of 2019 seems to be:
By LIZ LI - featured on Oct 24
promising 28.1%
average 26.7%
declining 21.1%
better than ever 11.3%
I'm not sure yet 10.2%
Other - N/A 2.7%
791 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Are you working fixed hours, or are you flexible with your time?
By anonymous - featured on Oct 23
I handle my worktime flexibly. 80.8%
I always work the same hours. 8.0%
Same hours if not possible, no surcharge 5.8%
Same hours, surcharge beyond these hours 5.4%
1857 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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In 2019, at least one of my clients:
By anonymous - featured on Oct 11
No changes here! 34.8%
Two or more of the above 23.6%
Started using machine translation/post-editing 14.7%
Started using a new translation management system 9.4%
Changed their payment practices 6.0%
Other (please share) 4.8%
Introduced a new or stricter NDA 3.1%
Introduced stricter screening for new translators 2.2%
Changed their software requirements 1.5%
682 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you run any Quality Assurance (QA) checks outside of the tool in which you are translating?
By anonymous - featured on Oct 10
No 35.9%
Yes, sometimes 30.6%
Yes (please share) 23.5%
No, but I've been thinking of doing so 6.1%
Other - N/A 3.9%
671 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you keep work backups that would not be affected by critical damage to your home/office?
By anonymous - featured on Oct 9
Yes 57.1%
No 29.9%
No, but I'm planning to... (please share) 8.4%
Other - N/A 4.6%
669 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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How much of your current success would you attribute to luck?
By anonymous - featured on Oct 8
25 - 50% 20.0%
10 - 25% 19.9%
None of it 17.1%
50 - 75% 13.7%
1 - 10% 13.4%
There's no such thing as luck 9.1%
More than 75% 4.7%
100% 2.1%
760 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do your local universities have programs of study for translation or interpreting?
By anonymous - featured on Oct 7
Yes, they've been around for a while 59.4%
I don't know 16.2%
No 15.2%
Yes, they are newer programs 6.4%
Other - N/A 2.0%
No, but there are plans to introduce programs 0.8%
594 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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How many work-related "subscriptions" do you have (paid software, other solutions, etc.)?
By anonymous - featured on Oct 6
1 - 3 59.1%
4 - 7 20.3%
None 15.7%
8 - 11 2.9%
Other - N/A 1.5%
12 - 15 0.6%
More than 15 0.0%
523 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Have you ever caught a mistake you've made in a translation after sending it to the client?
By anonymous - featured on Oct 5
Yes 91.5%
No 5.6%
Other - N/A 2.9%
765 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Which of these client - freelancer scenarios do you find most attractive?
By anonymous - featured on Oct 4
Just send me the work, let me translate it, and pay me 39.5%
A combination of more than one of the above 28.2%
A "partnership", where certain decisions and approaches are reached together 25.1%
One where I can work closely with a team of translators 3.0%
Other - N/A 2.3%
Something automatic, where no interaction is needed 1.0%
One where I can remain anonymous 0.8%
724 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Have you noticed an increase in clients who request proof of identity from their translators?
By anonymous - featured on Oct 3
No 75.0%
Not sure 12.9%
Yes 9.8%
Other - N/A 2.2%
713 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Which of these would you consider the most important in a client?
By anonymous - featured on Oct 2
Frequency of work 39.4%
Clear communication/guidelines 32.1%
Good vendor/project management/people skills 18.5%
Ample/flexible deadlines 9.9%
728 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Have you automated any of your work processes in recent years?
By anonymous - featured on Oct 1
No 44.9%
I don't think anything I do could be automated 22.3%
Yes (please share) 15.6%
No, but I am planning to / thinking about it 11.8%
Other - N/A 5.4%
646 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you work for any clients where the whole translation process is automated?
By anonymous - featured on Sep 30
No 51.7%
I'm not sure what that means 23.3%
Yes 18.3%
Other - N/A 3.7%
No, but at least one client is planning to implement this 2.5%
I used to, but... (please share) 0.5%
567 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Have you made any recent changes to your own data and security practices?
By anonymous - featured on Sep 29
No 72.7%
Yes (please share) 13.9%
No, but I am planning to 9.0%
Other - N/A 4.3%
466 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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