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I am not getting any new job on Upwork

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Melanie M Member Since: Jul 13, 2016
11 of 23

Hi Imran!

Your English is quite good and you communicate clearly; however, it is obvious that English is not your native language. You have verb tense errors and some other "tell signs" that give you away. I recommend that you offer to write in your first language. How are your translation skills? Perhaps you can translate into your native language. I'm not a translator, though, so I am not knowledgeable on that subject.  Others here can advise you on that.  Find your niche and good luck!

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Jennifer R Member Since: Sep 15, 2017
12 of 23

Melanie M wrote:

Hi Imran!

Your English is quite good and you communicate clearly; however, it is obvious that English is not your native language. You have verb tense errors and some other "tell signs" that give you away. I recommend that you offer to write in your first language. How are your translation skills? Perhaps you can translate into your native language. I'm not a translator, though, so I am not knowledgeable on that subject.  Others here can advise you on that.  Find your niche and good luck!


Melanie, there is a reason why translation is something one can and should study at university. I know maths and can make technical drawings but I would never offer to work as an architect.

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Imran K Member Since: Jan 22, 2020
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Jennifer R now you're in the race. Everyone has their own opinion. I made this topic so that I could be guided and not be humiliated.

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Jennifer R Member Since: Sep 15, 2017
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Imran K wrote:

Jennifer R now you're in the race. Everyone has their own opinion. I made this topic so that I could be guided and not be humiliated.


Imran, I replied to Melanies post. As a professional translator I am more than qualified to reply to her comment: How are your translation skills? Perhaps you can translate into your native language. I'm not a translator, though, so I am not knowledgeable on that subject.

My only direct advise to you was the same as Melanie's: Do not offer to write texts in English because you are not on the level of a native speaker.

Do you mind to share why you feel it is humiliating if I give the advise but no Melanie?

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Imran K Member Since: Jan 22, 2020
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It is not advisable to tell someone directly that you are not good in this field, nor can you work in this field because you are not a native person or have no mother tongue.

The only thing left to do is translate any article, but I just do a search on the topic given by the client and write an article on it.

But I will still tell you that if you cannot show someone a good way, then do not offend anyone.

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Wendy W Member Since: Apr 8, 2020
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I think you have great qualifications and a good profile. You could also offer to do research in English, which doesn't need perfect native sounding grammar, just good facts and source material. I'm also wondering about how to get work, but I know my profile needs to be more complete.

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Imran K Member Since: Jan 22, 2020
17 of 23

Wendy W, would like to thank you very much for kindly telling me how I can improve myself in this field. I would definitely recommend a specialist to improve my English language.

 

Wendy W, you are several times better than Jennifer R, because you have correctly told me what my error is and how I can improve myself.

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Melanie M Member Since: Jul 13, 2016
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Jennifer R, that is exactly why I said he would need to seek advice from someone else on that subject. 

 

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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Melanie M wrote:

How are your translation skills? Perhaps you can translate into your native language. I'm not a translator, though, so I am not knowledgeable on that subject.  


Why oh why do people assume that someone who more or less speaks more than one language can go forth and translate?

Would you suggest that the owner of a scalpel should go ahead and perform surgery?

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Wendy W Member Since: Apr 8, 2020
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Petra R wrote:

Melanie M wrote:

How are your translation skills? Perhaps you can translate into your native language. I'm not a translator, though, so I am not knowledgeable on that subject.  


Why oh why do people assume that someone who more or less speaks more than one language can go forth and translate?

Would you suggest that the owner of a scalpel should go ahead and perform surgery?


It's hardly the same. That's like saying if you're not a trained chef you shouldn't try to make yourself dinner. People make that assumption because in English outside of legal settings we use the words "translate" and "interpret" interchangably, but many languages don't have a distinction.

 

If I have instructions in a language I can't read, I hardly care if someone translates or interprets, or does so into perfect English as long the actions are accurate.

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