Freitag, 31. August 2018

A few riddles...

... to grease the brain at the end of summer. Found on theinterpretersfriend.org.


These puzzles are words that are spatially arranged to make a pun. 
For example,
1. 
man 
_____ 
board
 
which is, man overboard (man over board). 

Try the puzzles below. All answers are at the end of this piece. (Don't peek!)


2. 
stand 
_____ 
i 
 

3. 
/r/e/a/d/i/n/g/ 


4. 
  r 
road 
  a 
  d 


5. 
cycle 
cycle 
cycle

  



6. 
0
_________ 
M.D. 
Ph.D. 


7. 
knee 
light 


8. 
ground 
_____________________________  
feet feet feet feet feet feet 


9. 
he's | himself 


10. 
ecnalg 


11. 
death ... life 


12.
THINK 


13. 
ababaaabbbbaaaabbbbababaabbaaabbbb...














ANSWERS: 
2. I understand; 3. reading between the lines; 4. crossroads; 5. tricycle; 6. two degrees below zero; 7. neon light; 8. six feet underground; 9. he's by himself; 10. a backward glance. 11. life after death; 12. think big; 13. long time no see (c).

Montag, 20. August 2018

Noch ein Quiz...

... weil's so schön ist, und weil man auch im Sommer die Synapsen nicht einschlafen lassen sollte!

Viel Spaß mit diesem Quiz zur Rechtschreibung aus der Süddeutschen!

Donnerstag, 16. August 2018

Work-life balance

The other day, I received one of the best compliments (in my mind) a freelancer can get:
"I really admire you, because you do all these things for yourself outside of work, and instead of it stressing you, it seems to make you more relaxed. You really have this whole work-life balance thing figured out, haven't you?"

"All these things" are various activities involving physical movement (I don't like to call it "sports", because that sounds like I'm this awesome athlete which I'm really not, I just do different things that are fun, like dancing) or music or two (motorized) wheels.

And yes, I would say that I have this work-life balance thing figured out, because I try to follow the maxim of working to live, not living to work.

I have office hours that I stick to, I go on vacation with my phone off and the computer at home, and I turn down work when it would take away time I can spend doing what I love with people I love.
There are exceptions to this, of course, but that's exactly what they are: exceptions, not regular occurrences!
I might not make a gazillion euros, but I make enough to keep up the life style that makes me happy, and that's what it really is about, isn't it?

By the way, Tess Witty over at Marketing Tips for Translators did a blog post on this that's really worth listening to, especially if you're struggling with this topic.

Mittwoch, 8. August 2018

DSGVO-Quiz

Die Aufregung war groß, aber inzwischen hört man irgendwie kaum noch etwas. Ob das nun daran liegt, dass die Resignation vollends eingesetzt hat oder nun doch jeder weiß, was (und was nicht) zu tun ist, mag dahin gestellt sein, aber auf jeden Fall ist Ruhe eingekehrt um das Thema DSGVO.

Wer wissen möchte, ob letzteres der Fall ist, sollte diesen Quiz vom Legal Tribune Online machen. Viel Spaß! :-)

Freitag, 3. August 2018

Spontaneous assignment

Well, yesterday was a first for me:
I don't think, I've ever been hired, did the assignment and then got paid all within three hours before.

Usually, the customers call or write several weeks in advance to hire me as an interpreter for their appointment at the register office, not least also because getting said appointment is usually not possible on short notice and has to be coordinated with all the parties involved.
So getting a call at 9 o'clock in the morning for an appointment at 11 o'clock that same day ("The registrar said we can just come in any time before noon") is pretty rare, at least in these parts.

Nevertheless, it all worked out perfectly, although I admit that I called the register office to make sure we really could just show up before driving the 40km there. Better safe than sorry, right? ;-)