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    Translation is sometimes regarded as a piece of cake and ruled the translatorship out a profession accordingly. According to that superficial understanding, translation is practically turning the words from one language into another one. From an external perspective we can not criticise that sort of point of view. Because someone out of a specific profession could make judgements on it without hesitation, on purpose or unintentionally. Therefore all of us, the players in the process of translation, should clarify with patience what the translation is. Then what should be done or stated except talking to each other(s) on this kind of platforms?

    Yes, translation is simply to change the words and sentences from one source language into another one. But what about the underlying meanings of them and the ideas, inspirations, views, feelings which author wants to convey. Yeah, at this point translator comes into play. Just because any computer aided tool is not able to do what a human brain can do when it comes to the subjective components of a text, such as feelings and inspirations. For this reason a translator is needed to import the subjective components of a text into the target language, and this might not be with a word to word translation. In fact transator could add his or her comments and maybe change all the sentence to give the same meaning what author means. This is really a hard job.

    When the translatorship is viewed from this aspect, it is a throughly profession. Therefore this crucial detail should be a starting point to express the importance of translatorship.

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Talking about translations can sometimes feel like talking about religion. It's not only very subjective (and as such, people will have quite varied opinions on what constitutes accuracy and quality), but it's also difficult to grasp to some people.

Usually, I refrain from explaining what translation is all about if I can. Unless you're working on educative endeavors, or trying to make a partnership or business transaction, it's easier to go with the flow and accept their understanding (or lack of it). :P

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Hi Otávio,

Thanks for your comment on the article. I agree with you about the subjectivity of translation. And much more than this I liked the connection you have made between religion and translation. ;)


 

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16 hours ago, linguistceviri said:

    Translation is mostly regarded as a piece of cake

My experience is that people outside of the profession definitely don't see it this way and are very impressed by what I (and other translators) do. The sticking point sometimes comes with large, global-scale agencies who put very little monetary value on what we are doing, making promises instead of lots of regular work. The best answer to these agencies is "No, thank you". Decent professional platforms and agencies know exactly how important it is to find good translators and to value their work.

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Hi Jane,

I dont have an statistical analyze on how people approach the translation business in general but maybe the adverb "mostly" could have been a little bit assertive. What if I change"mostly" into "sometimes"? ;) By the way I throughly agree with you about the agencies... Thanks for your comment.

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21 hours ago, linguistceviri said:

    Translation is sometimes regarded as a piece of cake and ruled the translatorship out a profession accordingly.

Some small amendments have been made.

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