Translators of Language Department: Meet Antonio!

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Meet Antonio in Valle de Bravo, Mexico…



What is your native language, and which are you fluent in?

My native languages are Spanish and English (I also know French), and I translate to and from both of these languages in my translation work.

When and why did you become interested in translation?

I’ve spoken 3 languages (English, Spanish and French) all my life, and first became interested in language teaching, then translation. I started translating after leaving university, where I studied Anthropology. Translation seemed a natural thing to do, although like others of my generation I wandered into it rather than actively choosing it as a profession.

What is your favorite part about being a translator?

The freedom of being freelance (although it can make you a tad neurotic) and being able to work anywhere there’s access to the internet. I also enjoy making a text read better in the target language than in the original.

What are the most important phrases to learn first in a new language?

The ones that get you from A to B (not just geographically).

What’s your favorite word (in every or any language you’re fluent in) and why?

I don’t really have specific favourites but I like disfrutar in Spanish because it sounds edible, lackadaisical in English because you can use it even if you don’t have a daisy at hand, and sans souci in French because it’s a good way to be.

What language would you love to learn next and why?

Portuguese (Brazilian) because it has a lovely easy-going quality to it. Russian sounds interesting too: I like the way it sounds and am intrigued by not knowing the first thing about it.

What are your favorite travel destinations?

Beaches and mountains. I like exploring deserts too, but wouldn’t like to live in one — I’m too fond of water.

What are your best tips when traveling internationally?

Travel light and don’t plan too much – be flexible, go wherever your fancy takes you, and be open to new experiences.

Where do you recommend visiting in your hometown or city? 

The woods and the countryside in general where I live, and the downtown area of Mexico City, my hometown.

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