Translators rock! They just do. Most of the translators I know are wonderful human beings; and I know a lot of translators. Good translators have many traits that relate to their particular kinship to language and culture. Doing a good translation job requires background knowledge, dedication, attention to detail, and patience. When you couple those traits with an excellent command of one or more foreign languages, you get a translator. But what makes translators so amazing, to me, goes far beyond their impressive professional skills. When I say that “translators rock,” what I have in mind are the admirable human qualities of the people I’m thinking of while I write this post.
5) Translators are Interesting People
Whether they are avid readers, poets, writers, painters, photographers, travelers, or athletes, translators are fascinating human beings with varied interests and hobbies.
4) Translators Care
They care about language and culture. They care about doing a good job. They care about their clients. They care about the world in general. Read our blogs and visit our forums, you’ll find thousands of people who pour their hearts and souls into their work, their communities, their families, their pets, and pretty much everything else that makes their hearts flutter.
3) Translators Work Hard
You know that “work hard, play hard” motto? Most translators stop at work hard. They work days, nights, and weekends with dignity and respect for their clients and the task at hand. Translators know the value of a job well done and take pride in their work.
2) Translators are Supportive
It seems to me translators are hardwired to be helpful and supportive. This is no surprise considering that translators help people communicate for a living in all sorts of different settings. But it doesn’t end there. Translators are generous human beings who are happy to share their knowledge and experience to help support others in their projects, ideas, and dreams.
1) Translators are Kind
“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see,” said Mark Twain. And translators are experts in kindness. In my 14 years as a translator I cannot count how many acts of kindness I’ve witnessed from my fellow translators. From helping stray dogs find homes to volunteering for human rights causes, there are translators all over the world who are brave enough to be kind.
This post is dedicated to all the wonderful people I’ll be seeing in Bordeaux this September and in Miami this November and to those I won’t be seeing, but wish I would. You know who you are. 😉