Work helping tourism companies with their correspondence in English
Replies: 24 - Last Post: Sep 1, 2012 3:06 PM Last Post By: everbrite
Aug 23, 2012 2:12 PM
Aug 23, 2012 2:15 PM
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Aug 23, 2012 2:37 PM
18Poshvoice, I've come to the conclusion that while well intentioned you are very naive. Now that isn't your fault, you aren't doing anything wrong as such, it's just the way it is.
Your handle and references to 'posh correspondence' lead me towards that conclusion. There is no such thing as 'posh correspondence' yet that term obviously means something in your mind. You have no background in languages or translation vs. interpretation and yet somehow think you are qualified to work in that field. It's like saying you speak English and therefore are qualified to teach English (something a lot of TEFL wannabes who post here seem to think). But it simply isn't true. That you used babelfish to translate what I wrote, thinking that would prove anything is a further indication of being naive. Why would anyone hire you to do that when they can do it themselves?
Here is what I think the real issue is. You want to travel or live somewhere but have no money to do so. So you are trying to think of a way to make money. Fair enough, but your idea sucks given your lack of experience and training. If you were an auto mechanic and asking if you could find work doing that somewhere the answer would probably be yes you could. But if you are an auto mechanic or burger flipper at MickeyD's asking if you are likely to find work translating because you speak some intermediate level Spanish, the answer is it would be highly unlikely.
In the real world, people who have previous experience and the proper background get the job. When there are more jobs than trained people then you might get to squeeze in. But that isn't the case here.
So my advice is to forget this idea. No matter how many times you ask or how you word it, the answer will remain the same. It's a bad idea. Start over and spend your time thinking about what you are qualified to do or can become qualified to do. Just because you want something today doesn't mean you can have it today. Take a course in something portable for 2 years and then you can start thinking about going somewhere else to live for a while. Otherwise, do whatever you do at home to earn money for the next 2 years, live with mum and dad, don't go out much and save, save, save. Then in 2 years you can go on an extended trip and have the money to pay for it.
Aug 23, 2012 3:20 PM
Aug 24, 2012 7:56 AM
Aug 24, 2012 12:11 PM
21On occasion, I have sat in a restaurant in Russia and been handed a menu in English and thought, OMG I can do a better job of translating this than has been done. On a rare occasion I have offered my services to translate with the price being the cost of a meal. Even at that neglible price, I still haven't had any takers.
If tourism companies really wanted polished English, then they would hire bilingual speakers to do this but they aren't willing to spend the money for decent translations or don't see decent translations as improving their business enough to justify the cost.
Sep 1, 2012 7:14 AM
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