The Great Language Career Test | Metaglossia: The Translation World |

Do you wonder if you have what it takes to be a translator or interpreter? This test won’t tell you that. What this test might tell you is whether you have the personality of a (stereo)typical translator, public service interpreter, conference interpreter or PhD researcher. Simply write down the letter that corresponds to your answer to each question below and then match them to the key at the bottom.

1) At a party you are the kind of person who:
a) hides at the back, reading the new dictionary you brought from home
b) goes round the room, drinking all the coffee and talking incessantly
c) loves to be in a smaller group, making sure people talk in turns
d) brings Tupperware to take as many leftovers as possible home with you

2) Your ideal work environment is:
a) an office in your garage, surrounded by specialist dictionaries and the works of obscure authors
b) locking someone in a tiny room with you, while you talk incessantly
c) waiting about 3 hours for your clients to turn up
d) until 2pm, your bed, after 2pm, anywhere where the food is free and you have access to journals

3) The difference between translation and interpreting is:
a) the former produces perfection; the latter produces approximation
b) about £150 per day, mwhahahahaha
c) Unfair working agreements! Interpreters of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your travel expenses!
d) most interesting. Shall we write a journal article discussing it?