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Saturday, June 18, 2016

How about more projects in English?

Yesterday, in a single day, a single agency in town advertised projects that in total called for people who speak about half the languages in Europe. They all came through The Posse List, a list serve that posts temporary attorney projects. First up was this:
[An agency I have worked for as an English-speaker] is actively seeking licensed attorneys fluent in Brazilian Portuguese, French, Italian or Spanish for an upcoming document review and translation project in Washington, D.C.
A short time later we got this:
[The same damn agency] is actively seeking licensed attorneys fluent in Danish, Finnish or Swedish for an upcoming document review and translation project in Washington, D.C.
And then, finally this:
[Still the same agency] is actively seeking licensed attorneys fluent in Czech, Dutch, German, Russian, Turkish or Ukraine for an upoming document review and translation project in Washington, D.C.
One day. Three projects. Thirteen languages. And I don't speak a damn one of them well enough to work the project. I can ask for a beer and the bathroom in a third of them, but I don't think that gets you in the door. Fortunately, I started a new project Thursday and so will be able to eat next week despite my lack of linguistic skills, but damn, y'all. Makes you want to buy Rosetta Stone or something.









1 comment:

Anonymous said...

So: The agency is looking for people who
1) must be an attorney
2) must speak one of these random languages
3) must be out of other work
4) and willing to work as a temp?

Do these positions get filled?

/RAF in Denmark