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Old 05.12.2015, 17:28
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Re: Nervous linguist looking for job search suggestions

I know we don't always seem as helpful as we might be and quite a few members on here (says I with innocent, angelic smile on my face) occasionally rib newcomers excessively, but I'd tread very lightly and go easy on groans, real or imaginary, until you are well-settled in in Switzerland. You never know when we might come in handy after all. And don't forget that not everyone on here, even if they speak excellent English, is of solid British stock. Being clever can easily be taken as being sarcastic or worse.
Where do you think I pick up most of my groans?
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You guys are late to the party. Also, consider yourselves groaned at.
A very good cunning linguist would probably hear a few groans himself.
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As far as I know, being a translator means that you are only to translate into your native language. Are you aware of that? I'm not sure they have programs for English speakers. Did you look into that?
Interesting that you should say that. One of my professors years ago at Louvain was natively perfect in both French and Flemish and yet he had to choose one as his "mother tongue". But maybe that was because those were the early years of linguistic nationalism in Belgium.

Translation has to be distinguished from interpretation. And the "native language" rule bends in the face of "international English" and "scientific subject matter" where knowledge of the subject is at least as important as linguistic perfection. I once served as monitor for the interpreter at an air services treaty negotiation (French-English) where my job was to make sure the interpreter made no technical mistakes. Years after that, when I was attached to a mission to an international organisation in Geneva, linguistic hiccups were common. I recall an argument between the Japanese and the Americans over the words "pertinent" and "relevant". Even when I pointed out that the French version of the text necessarily used "pertinent" in both places, the Japanese were unmoved.
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