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I want to major in a language that I already speak (which is not English). However, I'm a citizen of that country, and lived there until I came to the US when I was around 10. I speak that language pretty fluently, as well as English. However, I want to be a translator of that language and English. I thought it would be better if I had a major in the language that I speak, even though I speak it already, because I thought it would look better when I'm getting the job, to let the employer know that I really know my language. However, is it really worth it to major in the language you already speak? I thought it would be, because Americans major in English. But people disagree that it's a waste of time if I major in the language I already speak. Should I maybe double major in my language and English? Or should I major in English, then minor in the other? Would it be better if I not major/minor in my language at all since I can write, read, etc? Please give me your thoughts!

Asked By: honey(*_*) - 3/1/2007
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First, congratulations on choosing a very important and rewarding career... More
Answered By: Professor X - 3/1/2007
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If you are looking for a job as a translator, and you already speak the language you wish to translate, and speak English, the mere fact of your citizenship should be proof enough that you speak the language. Moreover, most candidates for translation jobs are not taken on the strength of credentials, but rather given... More
Answered By: old lady - 3/1/2007
 
Why don't you major in translation? only a few colleges offer this major though. But if you don't like it, it would be better if you major in your second language (the one that is not English) especially if you have an American citizenship.
Answered By: Biscuit - 3/1/2007
 
What kind of translation work are you interested in? I've worked with translators in the medical field, and they need a good vocabulary in medical terminology. Just speaking the language isn't enough for this - the translator needs to know some special vocabulary and understand some of the issues involved in order to... More
Answered By: WildOtter - 3/1/2007
 
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