While the twin brothers of Boondock Saints were accomplished polyglots and worked in a meatpacking plant, most people trained to speak multiple languages take advantage of their skills to earn higher salaries in a job where they will not be covered in blood and gore every day. Those who are fluent in two or more languages may decide to concentrate on one facet of translation, while others may dabble in several areas to make up a full-time income.
While it isn’t absolutely necessary for a tutor to be fluent in both the student’s mother tongue and the language being learned, it is incredibly helpful. Tutors who know both languages are usually able to teach faster and achieve better results than those who are not fluent, and can command higher per-hour rates as a result.
Running your website through Google Translate and slapping it up in another language can range from hilarious to downright disastrous to your clientele. To have a website translated into another language, a fluent speaker must be consulted to avoid gaffes that could drive away customers.
Everything from periodicals to popular novels need to be translated from their native language into others. A good translator knows both languages very well and can leave idioms, figures of speech and humor intact while making the text flow properly in its new language.
When a company needs to meet business contacts who speak another language, they may hire a person who is fluent to translate. This ensures that all parties are comfortable communicating and can help hammer out business deals with quick efficiency. A polyglot who speaks three or more languages may be hired if the situation demands it, and they will be paid handsomely for their skills.
If a person does not speak English, they are entitled to a translator in the court room. Translators may sit in on child custody cases, divorces or even criminal proceedings. Due to the nuances of language, having a translator is essential to avoid self-incrimination and words being taken out of context.
Polyglots can make a lot of money due to their unique talents. For those who have mastered two or more languages, the options for careers are varied and provide a lot of opportunities for variety and travel.
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