Despite his busy schedule as a first-year medical resident, Hari also works as a French to English translator in his spare time. He believes translating for Gengo served as the catalyst for pursuing one of his dreams. Find out more about his Gengo experience in his interview.
Occupation: Intern doctor
Gengo translator since: May 2014
Language pair: French to English
What languages do you speak?
English, French, Kannada, Telegu, Arabic (I’m a beginner, but I’m learning!)
If you could be fluent in any other language, what would it be and why?
Hindi, because it is the national language of India, where my family is from, and speaking it more fluently than I do would enable to communicate with virtually a billion more people.
Do you have experience living in other countries? If so, where?
Yes, I do. I’m originally from Ontario, Canada but I also lived in India and now I’m based in Bahrain.
On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you enjoy being a translator and why?
An 8. It’s given me a little more economic freedom than I have ever had in my life up till now, and it has let me stay in touch with a language that I worked very hard to become fluent in. It’s also opened my eyes to a future career possibility with the flexibility to work from anywhere in the world, which has always been a dream of mine.
When you were growing up, what did you aspire to become?
Name three of your favorite translation/language learning tools.
1. People around me, 2. Formal language courses, 3. People around me
What advice would you give to new or aspiring translators?
The best way to learn anything, including a language, is to go out and practice it in the medium that you want to get good at. You want to get better at speaking the language? Go out and speak it. You want to get better at translating texts? Sit your butt down in a chair and just do it, even if it’s by yourself to start with! It’s the only way to get good at anything.
What advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?
Trust your own decisions and your own feelings. Don’t let other people tell you you’re wrong, or live for you.
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