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Dimitris Moutafis

Question and Answer

  • What is your name?
    • Dimitris Moutafis
  • Where do you live?
    • Athens, Greece
  • What made you decide to become a translator or interpreter?
    • My love for words!!!
  • List one strength that you think sets you apart from your colleagues.
    • Entrepreneurial mindset
  • Name the one thing that you most enjoy in your translating or interpreting career.
    • Marketing Brochures!
  • We all have worked on those not-so-perfect assignments. Write about one such assignment that was not ideal and what you learned from it.
    • A review for an insurance company's year-end results report, translated by 8 different persons. I never should have taken this job!
  • If you could go back in time to when you were just starting out as a translator or interpreter, what advice would you give to your younger self?
    • You shouldn't take any job just for the money.
  • Name one resource – such as a phone app, CAT tool, website, and so forth – that you find especially helpful in your translating or interpreting work.
    • SDL Trados Studio
  • What's the best book you've read this year?
    • 101 Things a Translator Needs to Know

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