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Peter A. Gergay

Question and Answer

  • What is your name?
    • Peter A. Gergay
  • Where do you live?
    • San Francisco, CA
  • What made you decide to become a translator or interpreter?
    • Having been bilngual and having a love of words, I decided to become a Hungarian < > English translator and interpreter.
    • By now, however, I accept assignments only as a translator and editor
  • List one strength that you think sets you apart from your colleagues.
    • Keeping up with the evolution of the languages
  • Name the one thing that you most enjoy in your translating or interpreting career.
    • The details of my work
  • 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.
    • I received a document that was long and translated terribly. This was obvious to me immediately. I was supposed to edit it but wound up re-writing the whole thing. In retrospect , I should not have accepted this edit job or, at least communicate ,that it took a re-translation to do it.
  • 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?
    • Order & take Practice Tests for the Certification Examination of the American Translators Association (ATCA) and, on their basis,sit for a Certification Examination as soon as possible
  • 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.
    • Specialized Dictionaries
  • What's the best book you've read this year?
    • Gilbert Harrison: The Enthusiast

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