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Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 05:59
Medlem (2007)
Engelska till Portugisiska
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Other Oct 20

The kinds of texts I translate are not supposed to be funny, but once in a while texts are so badly written that I have to burst out laughing…

Pascale van Kempen-Herlant
Paul van Zijll
Clement Cheung
 

Aline Amorim  Identity Verified
Brasilien
Local time: 03:59
Medlem (2019)
Engelska till Portugisiska
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The one I'm working on now Oct 20

During the last few months I've been working on a new project with XXXXX at the moment. I'm collecting images for a data collection project. They help train AI and machine learning. I can give you the link to apply if you'd like.

Maria da Glória
Dhal Bert Trasporte
 

Felipe Lacerda  Identity Verified
Brasilien
Local time: 02:59
Medlem (2011)
Engelska till Portugisiska
+ ...
So many of them. Oct 20

I'm lucky and cautious enough to only work with things that I like or understand, so a job is never boring in a way that I don't spend time scratching my head and thinking "Just what on Earth is this?".

Currently, I'm working with lots of games on a regular-basis and enjoying a lot. I love this area because you can express yourself in a creative way. I always play them, if they're immediately available to me, to get the hang of it and have some fun too. Finding a way to localise the
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I'm lucky and cautious enough to only work with things that I like or understand, so a job is never boring in a way that I don't spend time scratching my head and thinking "Just what on Earth is this?".

Currently, I'm working with lots of games on a regular-basis and enjoying a lot. I love this area because you can express yourself in a creative way. I always play them, if they're immediately available to me, to get the hang of it and have some fun too. Finding a way to localise the content while still keeping things fun and engaging for the player is a challenge I love to tackle.

On the other hand, I enjoy the technical stuff, even though there's mostly no room for creativity, just because I love to see how machines work and how smart the people that designed them are.

One of the most interesting projects I remember involved maritime technology against pirates attacks (real pirates, not Johnny Depp coming at you with a smartphone) about 10 years ago. Couldn't think of a better conversion starter at a bar.
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Clement Cheung
Dhal Bert Trasporte
 

Elizabeth Tamblin  Identity Verified
Storbritannien
Local time: 05:59
Medlem (2012)
Franska till Engelska
Over a year ago Oct 20

I've had a difficult year, with various stressful events that have had a negative impact on my enjoyment of my work. I'm trying to develop a more positive approach and regain my joie de vivre.

expressisverbis
P.L.F.Persio
Koji Kobayashi
Clement Cheung
Leigh Ann Benlian
 

expressisverbis
Portugal
Local time: 05:59
Medlem (2015)
Engelska till Portugisiska
+ ...
I hope you get the happiness back in your work Oct 20

Elizabeth Tamblin wrote:

I've had a difficult year, with various stressful events that have had a negative impact on my enjoyment of my work. I'm trying to develop a more positive approach and regain my joie de vivre.


I am sorry to hear that.
I hope you can find your joie de vivre soon! I am sure you will!


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Liena Vijupe
Elizabeth Tamblin
Kaisa I
P.L.F.Persio
Augusto Rochadel
Ian Keith Jones Williams
Ann Marie Bohan
 

Liena Vijupe  Identity Verified
Lettland
Local time: 07:59
Medlem (2014)
Franska till Lettiska
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Other Oct 20

Some jobs are more fun than others, but I don't really think about work in terms of "fun". Interesting, useful, intellectually stimulating, yes, but "fun"? Nah, that's not what work is for. I'm old-fashioned like that.

expressisverbis
Johannah Morrison
Philippe Etienne
Beatriz Ramírez de Haro
Philip Lees
Kate Perak
Josephine Cassar
 

Giovanni Guarnieri MITI, MIL  Identity Verified
Storbritannien
Local time: 05:59
Medlem (2004)
Engelska till Italienska
Since when... Oct 20

working is "fun"?

Philippe Etienne
conejo
writeaway
Baran Keki
 

expressisverbis
Portugal
Local time: 05:59
Medlem (2015)
Engelska till Portugisiska
+ ...
Pleasant and interesting jobs Oct 20

I don't find the texts I translate funny, but rather interesting and enjoyable.
Sometimes, I get a more boring text, but I always try to look for some pleasure and joy in it.
I don't get tired of doing something I love.


Elizabeth Tamblin
P.L.F.Persio
Teresa Borges
 

Johannah Morrison  Identity Verified
Storbritannien
Local time: 05:59
Medlem (2017)
Portugisiska till Engelska
+ ...
It's been a while! Oct 20

Can't say that I consider any of my recent projects 'fun', but I did come across some amusing CVs in my early days of translating. 95% of them had 'fluent in written and spoken English' as one of their main skills (the translations were into EN). There were lots of unusual inclusions too, for example - 'in my spare time, I like to visit my grandmother'.

Clement Cheung
 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Tyskland
Local time: 06:59
Medlem (2009)
Engelska till Tyska
+ ...
About one week ago Oct 20

It was a very funny children's story. During the job I did smile often, even laughed at times.

P.L.F.Persio
Koji Kobayashi
 

Kaisa I  Identity Verified
Kanada
Local time: 00:59
Engelska till Finska
+ ...
Just a thought Oct 20

Johannah Morrison wrote:

There were lots of unusual inclusions too, for example - 'in my spare time, I like to visit my grandmother'.


I don't know, maybe this person was applying for a job in geriatrics? A personal support worker, perhaps?

In subtitling, I sometimes come across comedies, which can be fun, or funny, but mostly they're just an added challenge. Jokes are one of the hardest things to convey in another language.


Clement Cheung
 

Veronica Montserrat
Frankrike
Local time: 06:59
Medlem (May 2020)
Engelska till Franska
+ ...
Working on it now Oct 20

I enjoy this work and consider most of my texts fun and interesting. I'm lucky enough to be able to work only on enjoyable material.

 

Irene Vecchiotti
Italien
Local time: 07:00
Medlem (Jul 2020)
Engelska till Italienska
applying to nice comedy script Oct 20

I remember sometime ago I applied for a job for a script of a romantic soap opera, I read some lines from the sample translation and it was so funny!!! What a pity I didn't get that job!!

Johannah Morrison
P.L.F.Persio
 

Barbara Cochran, MFA  Identity Verified
USA
Local time: 01:00
Spanska till Engelska
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My Book Translation, "The House of Good Intentions" Oct 20

I created that one more than a few years ago, but within the last decade. When I was finished with it, I told the original author that it was the most entertaining, and really the best book I have ever translated. Lots of different characters, whether they were innocent and credulous, or seemingly sophisticated but very unethical in their behaviors. I often found myself laughing while translating some of the excerpts. But at the same time, it addressed some very serious social issues.

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I created that one more than a few years ago, but within the last decade. When I was finished with it, I told the original author that it was the most entertaining, and really the best book I have ever translated. Lots of different characters, whether they were innocent and credulous, or seemingly sophisticated but very unethical in their behaviors. I often found myself laughing while translating some of the excerpts. But at the same time, it addressed some very serious social issues.

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