Overall, it doesn’t necessarily matter what language(s) you speak best and to what level. Ultimately, what the Lingholic map shows you is how many opportunities you have to speak the languages you know. As a native speaker, red shows me all the countries that have English as their primary language (interestingly, Canada is marked under French only?!), purple is German, blue is Spanish, orange is French and a little pink dot by German is Holland. It’s only when it’s all put out in front of you, that you realise who diverse languages are, and how far and wide they travel.
As a student of any discipline, we’re always encouraged to enhance our skills, and make our CVs stand out/gain experience etc. As I’ve illustrated in my posts Who, What, Where, Why, How?! Volunteer Translation – 7 places to start your search. and My top 12 Twitter profiles for Translation Opportunities… getting experience in translating is a… Continue reading A Fountain of Knowledge -enhancing your skills as a Translation Studies student…
Getting advice from professionals in the trade, from university languages departments, and also gut instinct is ultimately what you will have to rely on to make the best decision for your job and also for your lifestyle.
I remember in one lecture in my final year, the module was split between two lecturers. In the first lecture of the day, the German students were told something along the lines of ‘If you speak German, you really need to have another language with it, like Dutch. It [German] won’t be enough on it’s own.’ This obviously made us quite concerned.
An hour later, another lecturer took over. When we told her what we’d heard, she said she completely disagreed.
So how many languages DO you need to become a translator?
As someone who wasn’t actually an active translator, I wasn’t sure there was much point in me having a Twitter account for “professional purposes” – what did I have to contribute?
Although language apps have taken off in a big way, the gold, old-fashioned book still has it’s place on the shelf. So I thought, why not have a ‘What’s on my bookshelf…?’ tag!
If you type “Which language should I learn?” into a search engine, you’ll come up with hundreds of different articles. With so many options and possibilities, it’s difficult to know which language is for you. Since I didn’t really have an option in learning German, I didn’t have to think about why I wanted to… Continue reading Which language should I learn?