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The K Dog



Joined: 27 Feb 2003
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Location: Paris

PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2003 6:42 pm    Post subject: Do you ever translate? Reply with quote

Dear readers,
Yes, I am considering going back to France next year, but seeking something more this time than private language cram school instructor. This time, I would like to know if it is marketable to be a translator in French. I speak the language fluently (although interpretation is somewhat of a problem sometimes when they speak rapidly); anyway, do you think that a person could make good additional money translating documents in various domains, i.e., medicine, law, architecture, taxation, etc? I would be very grateful if you could help me out here as I would like to expand my range next time I am in France. Thanks.
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dyak



Joined: 25 Jun 2003
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2003 6:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a friend who did that for a living, just outside Paris. She translated technical documents amongst English, French and German; I can't remember the exact name of the qualification she had but she called herself a 'tri-lingual secretary'. She'd done a post-bac course with much the same title I think.
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cabby



Joined: 12 Sep 2003
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2003 4:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi K-dog,
in regards to whether you can make a good additional revenue out of translation, I am pretty sure most require a translation degree. Being half french, half canadian, my sister who is perfectly bilingual has a bachelor in translation and works in translating documents french-english english-french for companies such as Jaguar, amnesty international, etc...in Paris
Therefore, I am not too sure if you can actually get a job as a translator if you do not have the degree.
hope this helps......wish you all the best.
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Roger



Joined: 19 Jan 2003
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2003 5:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Professional translators also should specialise in a field, say in medicine, or the law, or business.
And, translation does NOT pay that well. It's a tedious, time-consuming and highly repetitive kind of work.
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rogan



Joined: 03 Mar 2003
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Location: at home, in France

PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2003 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And you need to be registered with the Chamber of Commerce.
So you have to pay all the standard fees that any Company would have to pay.

When you move from being employed to beding and employer - then the costs go through the roof.
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rogan



Joined: 03 Mar 2003
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2003 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry
' being and employer"
not
"bedding an employer"

If only ????????
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rogan



Joined: 03 Mar 2003
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2003 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

3rd time lucky
"being an employer"
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amkring



Joined: 29 Oct 2003
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2003 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the competition is fierce in the region you're in, I doubt you'll have much luck finding translation work. However, you may find work if translators are scarce. You may also find work if your fees are extremely low, but you will probably make enemies out of the other translators.

Someone else who posted a reply was right in saying translation is tedious and long work. It's not simply a matter of reading a text in one language and scribbling down the same idea in another. Hours upon hours of research, revising, and editing go into every text. If you don't know the subject, expect the whole process to take even longer. For example, an experienced translator translates approximately two thousand words in an eight-hour workday. A rookie translator is lucky to translate one thousand words in the same time period. If you hire yourself out at reduced rates, you will find yourself working for peanuts because translators are paid per word or project, and not per hour.
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