3 Great Freelance Translation Quotes

Do people understand what you do, when you say you’re working as a freelance translator?
  1. I don’t have a real job. I don’t have to work more than 20 hours a week and I make significantly more money than my accountant friend who works 60 hours a week – if he’s lucky.
    Given that, I’m ok with not having a real job.

    Lincoln Hui
    It’s all about helping people, and getting paid for doing so.
  2. In Japan, if you say I am a translator, everybody respect you because it’s kind of our dream job.

    Akiko Kawagoe
    What a great country for freelance translators!
  3. When we do our job properly, our reward is invisibility (and a decent cheque, of course). The fact that people don’t know/understand what we do is unintended praise on their part.

    Andy Watkinson
    My goal is that the reader will be able to question if there ever was another version of the document. I strive to make the translated text flow as easily as it would have done, had I written it in my native language in the first place.
Do you have other great quotes, that you want to share?

2 comments on “3 Great Freelance Translation Quotes

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    This is really interesting! I had no idea that anyone thought of this profession as ‘not a real job’. Crazy! I have so much respect for those who can not only speak multiple languages and teach. Great post!

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      Thanks Alicia.
      And I’ve just added another language pair to my services: Translation from Norwegian into Danish!

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