Sample 1st Paragraph Translation Masters, Somali Woman

Currently a permanent resident of London, I have been living in Europe for the past 14 years, the Netherlands as well as the UK. I look forward to contributing to the diversity of your program as a Somali woman who was raised in Yemen. While out of practice, I speak, read, and write Dutch although not nearly as well as English. My native tongue is Arabic and my central professional dream is to build my own translation/interpretation service working mostly with issues in Arabic/English.

Career Opportunities in Translation

What Is Language Studies?

If you have a natural aptitude for languages, you can use that talent to open up careers in international trade and politics, or in helping other language communities in your area to receive full access to services and opportunities.

Keep in mind that a language major is not the same as a linguistics degree. Linguists study language itself, from the way we make sounds to the words and sentences we use. Language majors choose a particular language (and, by extension, a culture) to study and become fluent in, leading to job opportunities around the world.

Careers for Language Degree Holders

Jobs that make direct use of the skills earned in a language degree program involve either interpretation (the spoken word) or translation (written documents). Other career opportunities for language majors exist in international relations, diplomacy, intelligence gathering, literature, journalism, law, medicine, education, tourism, the Foreign Service, environmental agencies, non-profit organizations, information technology, and international commerce.

Translation & Interpretation Careers

Interpreters and translators enable the cross-cultural communication that is crucial in today's society. Translators are most in demand for the languages referred to as PFIGS Portuguese, French, Italian, German, and Spanish, and the principal Asian languages--Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

Using a Language Degree in the Business World

Even with the growing popularity of English as the unofficial language of business, it's to your great advantage to be proficient in the language of your potential business associates. By knowing their language, you gain a deeper understanding of their culture and customs and have a clearer view of how your business fits in with their needs. Reading their newspapers, trade publications, or viewing their popular media via satellite can give you an advantage in understanding their environment and how it affects their opinions.

The more education you have as an interpreter or translator, the better, since you may be asked to deal with complex issues or very technical explanations on behalf of your client. You do more than just translate words - you relay concepts and ideas between languages.

Some interpreters and translators expand their formal education to meet the requirements of their chosen fields, such as medicine, technology, culture, or politics. Online college classes can provide training in the newest technology that aids in translation work. Special software now provides professionals with automatic translation, memory to compare previous documents on the same subject, and sources to provide further research into word definitions and usage.

Statements of Excellence in Translation

My own PHD is in the field of Religion, but I also studied for one year towards a Master's Degree in TESOL. After that first year, I had the privilege of taking part in a long established exchange program between my university, the University of Illinois at Champain/Urbana, and the Department of German and English Philology at the Universitat de Barcelona. One of my duties during this academic year in Barcelona (1996-1997) was to serve as a Teaching Assistant to a Professor of Translation from whom I learned a great deal, especially with respect to European languages.

I want to help you get a Masters in Translation.

 I would be happy to provide you with a highly eloquent Statement that portrays you as someone with enormous potential to contribute to the advance of the field of Translation over the long term. After you fill out my Online Interview Form, I will ask you some specific questions by email if I need any further information. Please also send your resume/CV and or rough draft if you have one.

I attend to my clients in the order in which I have received their payments.

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The Personal Statement of Purpose for Advanced Study in Translation, Masters Degree, Certificate Programs.

The first thing that one has to decide when researching translation programs is what kind of program one wants to apply to. You need to ask yourself first and foremost what kind of translator you want to be: a general translator or a translator with specific credentials such as in the areas of medicine, law, or literature.

A master’s degree or PhD in translation or translation studies generally refers to a comprehensive, general translation program. These programs are interdisciplinary and allow students to dabble in historical, literary, and scientific areas at the same time that they acquire a solid grounding in general translation skills. Computer skills are emphasized as an essential tool for translators and classes teaching the use and development of translation computer programs and glossary management are often a key component of these programs.

 Graduates of translation studies programs are qualified to work in the private sector as freelance translators or for government agencies. PhD graduates often stay in academia and teach linguistics or translation studies. Like any comprehensive humanities degree, a Master’s degree or PhD in translation studies allows each student to tailor the program to his or her individual interests and the area of specialization that they want to develop. Graduate programs in literary translation leading to the MFA offer training in the theory and practice of literary translation. These graduate students generally build a specialization in one foreign language, although sometimes a program requires a candidate to specialize in multiple languages.

Court, medical, and conference translation programs are awarded at the certificate level. Dozens of translation certification programs exist in the United States and narrowing down the programs can require a lot of research. Some certificates are general French translation, German translation, Spanish translation, etc.; others are geared to a specific field: legal, medical, etc. General certificates function like the graduate degrees in translation studies, allowing for a translator to gain advanced study in the foreign language as well as to take courses specific to the profession.

It is very important that you carefully review the style and presentation of your application material for graduate school or a certificate program before submitting it, especially your Personal Statement of Purpose. Seeking the assistance of a professional writer is often a very good idea, especially if English is your second or third language. I would be happy to draft the first paragraph free of charge so that I have the opportunity to demonstrate to you how I can help in this regard. You will only need to pay for my services if you are very impressed with the first paragraph and decide to commission me to draft the entire statement.

Other Language Courses

Language certificates can provide proof of proficiency if you are already a working professional who needs to be fluent in another business language. If you decide to go for a master's degree, you can specialize in specific languages, interpretation, translation, or foreign or comparative literature. A master's degree in languages is good for anyone who wants to work as a conference interpreter or in more technical areas, such as localization, engineering, or finance.