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    (Original post by Holamigo)
    wow. Give details... where, how long and your fave place?
    Stockholm for 1 year
    Oulu (Finland) for 9 years
    Sao Paulo (Brazil) for 1 year
    Helsinki for 1 year
    Maputo (Mozambique) for 2 years
    Madrid for 5 years
    Birmingham for 2 years

    Hard to say my favourite. Right now, it's Croatia. I'm half-living there as my mom's currently working there. Mozambique was by far the most interesting because it's so different.
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    (Original post by Holamigo)
    Why Spain?:rolleyes:
    Why not? :rolleyes: I've got lots of friends there and the people are lovely, the life is laid-back and they're all smiling.
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    No
    Well maybe if there was some really good job that I wanted to do abroad
    But I prefer Britain. Better food, better weather, simpler with the language, etc
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    (Original post by Shadowplay)
    Why not? :rolleyes: I've got lots of friends there and the people are lovely, the life is laid-back and they're all smiling.
    I think you're getting a little too excited about travelling with that whole "travelling is a brutality" thing
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    Yes, I have thought about it many times. I honestly can't imagine myself ever doing it or finding the move to be the way it was imagined, but a lot of me would love to put things behind me and start a new life somewhere else. Australia and the USA don't appeal to me like they do to a lot of people: there isn't the exciting challenge of having to contend with a foreign language, for a start, and perhaps I'm not adventurous enough to travel that far. But if someone told me that my French skills were good enough to manage over there; that I would be financially comfortable and that it wouldn't be hard to find to find somewhere to live, I would want to move away from here in an instant.
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    (Original post by Wildebeest)
    Yes, I have thought about it many times. I honestly can't imagine myself ever doing it or finding the move to be the way it was imagined, but a lot of me would love to put things behind me and start a new life somewhere else. Australia and the USA don't appeal to me like they do to a lot of people: there isn't the exciting challenge of having to contend with a foreign language, for a start, and perhaps I'm not adventurous enough to travel that far. But if someone told me that my French skills were good enough to manage over there; that I would be financially comfortable and that it wouldn't be hard to find to find somewhere to live, I would want to move away from here in an instant.

    Its weird how people all like different places! Its never really appealed to me to live in Europe don't know why. Maybe because I already have to put up with Welsh aswel as English in Wales so I'm used to there being a different language! So to me it would be different to go to just an English-speaking country.
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    (Original post by Ooh La La)
    I would love to go to the south of France! I really want to live in a little apartment with a balcony in Paris :sogood:
    Paris isn't in southern France (at all).
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    Nah, I love Britain, for all its faults
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    I'll be spending a year in Germany, starting in around September this year, and I can't wait! I love Britain, but I'm looking forward to experiencing another culture and doing something different. Having said that, I would love to do more travelling but I don't know about living abroad permanently.
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    (Original post by Victor-PP)
    Paris isn't in southern France (at all).
    Did you get a geography degree to figure that out?
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    I'm in love with France and I'm planning on moving out there after university. At uni I'm going to do French and History then I plan to do a masters in Translation studies as I want to work as French to English translator
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    ^^ Good luck if you're planning to go freelance - it's a tricky business!
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    Italy or Morocco or Belgium or California or Portugal or New York or...I could go on.

    Basically anywhere but here

    Although I would like the opportunity to travel to all of those places before deciding to settle down there, which I'll hopefully be able to do provided I get the job I want which involves travelling to different countries :cute:
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    (Original post by Angelil)
    ^^ Good luck if you're planning to go freelance - it's a tricky business!
    Ultimately I would like to go freelance yes although I'm not certain yet on the route I'd take to get there. I'm assuming an MA in translation say from UCL/Warwick/Sheffield etc could only help in the long run. I'm also not expecting to come out of uni and make it as a freelance translator I'm trying to have as realistic picture of the future as well as having an aspiration like that.
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    ^^Having a translation qualification would certainly help; it seems to be what clients ask for. It's also worth playing around with various translation softwares if you can, as familiarity with these seems to be expected as well (frustratingly! I find they only hinder translation work rather than actually helping me :p: ).
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    ITALY.
    can't fault the place.
    perfect weather, amazing food, beautiful women and generally hospitable, friendly and charming people.

    and i'm part italian
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    Yeah, I've heard of various translation softwares however I'm not entirely certain how they are supposed to operate. What type of translation do you specialise in? I'm very interested in history and literature although I'm unsure what the market is like out there.
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    I don't really do much translation myself; I'm only dipping my toes into the water, so to speak :p:

    The last job I was on had me using Logoport, which I just found totally bewildering; as I said, it just seemed to slow things down rather than help me complete the job more quickly. The aim of this particular software seemed to be to allow you to access a bank of previously-used words and phrases but I found the software quite cumbersome and not really simple to operate.

    You could sign up with Semos Language Services if you need/would like some experience, as they hire unqualified translators.

    My uncle has been living and working in the south of France now for over ten years, maintaining his own freelance translation business, and it seems that he translates just about anything. He's not a qualified translator (just has a degree in French and a couple of teaching qualifications) and I don't think he uses any software. It's a bit of a gamble to get started (he went from being headteacher of a private school in the UK to being a freelance translator there) but once you're doing it and have a strong foothold I'd imagine that the independence and variety is quite rewarding. But then again, it's a gamble starting ANY form of business, regardless of whether it's as a freelancer!
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    (Original post by Victor-PP)
    Paris isn't in southern France (at all).
    I am quite aware of that. I meant, in response to the previous comment, on holiday to the South of France. I was referring to owning/renting an apartment more to live in Paris.
 
 
 
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