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Finding Work With Spanish to English Online Translation Skills
A very common occurrence is for a foreign language to be taken during school. One of the most popular languages to take is Spanish. Why not take advantage of these requirements and turn this knowledge into skills for an interpreter job? All a student really needs to do is stick with the language until it becomes fluent, and then find a job as a Spanish to English online translator.

Spanish to English online translation jobs are well worth the effort because America is defined by the many different people that immigrate here, and many of those people speak a different language. In order to be an online translator, one must be fluent in two or more languages, have experience, and a bachelor's degree in that language. There are no certifications tests, but every employer has a right to give a proficiency test to potential employees. Spanish is definitely a lucrative foreign language, because that is where the majority of online translation jobs are available.

There are many different Spanish to English online translation jobs out there. One of the great jobs that uses Spanish to English translation skills and that can be very rewarding is online teacher work. One could be either an online group or one-on-one Spanish teacher, and there may be teacher work with adult or college student Spanish classes. Either way, the job most likely would be packed with low stress and great rewards.

Another Spanish to English online translation job is sometimes as a judiciary interpreter in a court setting. This is still new at this time, but we expect it to become more prevalent. There are other online environments available for translators such as, business to business, email, hospital interpreter, escort interpreter, conference interpreter, or a literary interpreter. What is great about being an online interpreter is that it can be operated in a freelance type of way, which is ideal for many people.

There are many different opportunities out there in Spanish to English online translation. Any freelance or regular job can be chosen according to the interpreter's desires, whether it be legal, medical, business, teacher work, etc. It is a very flexible, rewarding and versatile vocation. See examples of Spanish to English online translation here.

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Spread the Word and be a French Tutor
People want to learn, and the growing interconnectedness of the world has brought people of different cultures and languages closer together than ever before. If you are bilingual or multilingual, you’re a step ahead of the game and have the advantage of being able to help others with your skills. If you speak French fluently, consider the opportunities that can be found in becoming a French tutor. Whether students look to you for their love of French culture, their desire to explore and understand the world, or because they’re struggling through their required high school language class, you’ll find eager students looking for your guidance.

French tutoring jobs are some of the most popular on the market, and all it takes to teach French lessons is a grasp of the language, a bit of planning, and some good people skills. Within a few weeks you could be on your way to having the job you want teaching the language you love.

There are quite a few places to find great French tutoring jobs, and one of the most efficient is by going online. Many people have turned to the Internet for French lessons, and tutoring sites offer positions for French tutors as well as ways for potential students to chat and connect with teachers. Sites like Tutor and Tutor Vista offer organized and top-notch online French tutoring jobs and, if you pass their certification checks and screening process, you can be on your way to teaching your own group of students in no time.

Of course, you can also explore the opportunities at LRNGO, which allows you to post your services on their site for interested learners to see. You have the ability to offer one-on-one tutoring or even lead an online class.

You can also connect with schools and universities in your area to find openings for a French teacher or French tutor on staff, as well as local high schools to see if they would be interested in connecting you with their students for supplemental help.

If you don’t want French tutoring jobs that involve large groups or organizations, and prefer a more personalized method of teaching, try connecting with individual students. One of the most popular ways to do this is by using Craigslist or a similar site where free classifieds can be posted. You can also use the classified section in a newspaper, or simply get referrals from friends and former students.

Making yourself available is the first step to becoming a French tutor, so get your name out there using any number of the methods listed above. Be sure to highlight any prior experience you may have had in tutoring and your French skills level, and be open, friendly and patient. For additional resources, Omniglot has a list of valuable links for you and your students to use to help make teaching and learning French a little bit easier.

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The Many Ways to Learn Farsi
The beautiful language of Farsi is the most widely spoken of the Persian languages. If you’re a student who has chosen to study Farsi, it will be of interest to note that the language is also widely spoken in Afghanistan and by a significant amount of the populations in Pakistan, Iraq, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Bahrain.

As with any desire to learn a language, if you choose to study Farsi, you have plenty of options on how to do it. With the helpful resources that the web provides, your ability to find tools that will help you learn is no problem, if you know where to look.

One of the first choices to make is whether you want to enroll in a formal university course, Persian studies program, or focus on independent ways to learn. There are a number of excellent DVD or personal study curriculums such as the Rosetta Stone language programs, which include lessons of varying degrees of difficulty, making them ideal for those of any learning level. There are also the options of hiring a tutor or engaging in correspondence and online chat discussions with native Farsi speakers who can aid you in learning and feeling confident in speaking the language.

Sites like LRNGO provides an alternative to paid tutors with the concept of learning exchange, where you teach your partner something in exchange for a lesson to you. This allows you to have the benefits of a tutor without the cost, and helps you establish a relationship with someone of the culture.

There are also opportunities to study Farsi at a university level, though not all United States universities offer students the ability to obtain a degree in Farsi language. The list below is not extensive, but includes some of the places where you can find a degree program. If your interest in learning Farsi takes you to a university setting, take special interest in the programs that these schools have to offer.

Despite the small number of universities that offer such a degree, Due to Homeland Security concerns, U.S. government funding became more widely available to students interested in learning to speak Farsi. This meant that universities offering Farsi courses increased by 80% in the years 2002 to 2006. Because knowing Farsi is considered a requisite skill for an increasing amount of government jobs in defense, intelligence, and Homeland Security, applicants for government funding may be asked to work a minimum of 2 years for the government after graduation.

If you’ve decided to dedicate yourself to learning Farsi, persevere and practice. You can practice some of the basics on your own using sites such as Linguanaut and Digital Dialects.

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Polishing Your Russian Language Skills
Learning the Russian language is an exciting, challenging task. If you’ve committed yourself to learning Russian, then you have already completed the first step. Dedication is the number one requirement in language learning, so keep that in mind when the times get rough.

In terms of difficultly for native English speakers, Russian is classified as a Level III language, which is defined by around 780 hours of emmersion study to reach intermediate fluency—but don’t let that discourage you!

Estimates put Russian speakers worldwide at approximately 285 million, only 160 million of whom are native speakers. Do the math and you’ll see that there are hundreds of millions of fluent Russian speakers the world over who have learnt Russian as a second language successfully! With a complex language such as Russian, however, utilizing the help of Russian tutors can prove a deal breaker as to whether or not you will be among those who succeed in learning fluent Russian.

If you’re putting in your time and effort to learn Russian, you want to be sure that you do it right. The only way to really perfect your Russian, or any second language for that matter, is to practice with native or fluent speakers. This means that it is necessary to connect with a Russian speaker to help you strengthen your skills.

Fortunately, there are countless Russian tutors available to assist you on your journey towards Russian fluency! The experience, teaching skills, education level and English proficiency of Russian tutors vary greatly, of course. To make the quickest progress in learning Russian, you will want to find Russian tutors and other options available. Some possibilities are:

  • Joining a language school

  • Signing up for a course at your community college

  • Purchase an online Russian language study program

  • Look for Russian tutors in your local classifieds, directory listing and rating website, magazines or newspapers, or Craigslist and choose one that fits your personal preferences and budget.

As you probably know, you can connect with a language exchange partner at LRNGO and get the benefits of a tutor for no monetary fee, just your ability to teach your partner something new!

Once you are on the road to Russian fluency, be consistent. You will lose the ground you’ve gained if your studies stop and pick back up too often, so make a consistent schedule with your tutor so that you are encouraged to practice frequently. Having a regular class at a set time will keep your momentum going and give you the quickest possible forward progress. Just remember to stay dedicated, and you will see progress and eventually polish your Russian!

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10 American TV Shows I Want to See In Spanish
Do you love television? Don’t lie. You love television. I also love television. Heck, everyone loves television. This means that television is a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the Spanish language. So! Without further ado, here is list of a few American shows that are worth your time watching in Spanish:

  1. Dexter is full of blood and guts and great character development. For a show about a serial killer, it is also surprisingly accessible and blackly comic. Let me give you a brief primer- Dexter, our titular hero, is a blood spatter specialist working for the police department who masquerades at night as a serial killer. The twist? Dexter is a serial killer with a consciousness, a serial killer who only murders fellow serial killers. The show follows him as he evades the authorities and struggles to cope with his lust for murder, which he has dubbed his “dark passenger”. You have excitement; you have intrigue; and better yet, you also have a pretty dang good story too. Things started going downhill for the Dexter series around season 6, but the shows before that (especially the widely loved season 1) is top quality T.V. The best part? I think it is just a great show to watch in Spanish. This is because Dexter has a penchant for narrating to the reader. For example, he might be walking down the sidewalk, and in his warped, emotionless mind, he’s thinking to himself about how alone and isolated he feels. All of this information is communicated to the reader by a Dexter’s voice overlaid on the scene. In other words, he is talking but his mouth is not moving. This small point is extremely important because it makes the Spanish dubbing significantly more convincing than many other live action shows.

  2. Louie- I’m not entirely sure how to describe Louie, so let me just start off by saying that it is my favorite comedy show. Louie (played by immensely talent comic Louis C.K.) is a middle age bloke who struggles to cope with the modern world and the reality of being a single dad. It is the only show I know that is a riotously funny as it is completely depressing. Let me just give you a quick scene. Louie is pulling an all-nighter as he desperately tries to prepare for the rapidly approaching Christmas morning. As he inspects the presents that he has spent an inordinate amount of time searching for, he comes to a horrible realization. Both of a doll’s eyes have fallen into the back of its head. For the next four hours or so Louie panickly tries to fix the doll. After a copious amount of tinkering with the doll and cursing in frustration, Louie just breaks down and begins crying, alone, in his apartment. Now, I personally think this show is fantastic to watch in Spanish because of its use of street phrases and slang. I have seen few shows that have as realistic of dialogue as Louie does. This means that someone watching this show to learn Spanish would hear how actual people on the street speak- an invaluable exposure absolutely necessary for any serious language learner.

  3. Game of Thrones- I have not watched Game of Thrones in quite a while and, even though I really enjoyed it at the time, I honestly remember very little about the story. It’s pretty complex. There’s something about dragons, and political medieval conflict, and there is also really good characters, I’m pretty sure. It also has some of the most surprising scenes I have ever seen on television. Whatever. It’s popular enough to where I’m sure you have heard of it before, so you probably don’t need me giving you a summary. Now, I think Game of Thrones is good for language learners for a very specific reason. Because of the complexity of the story line, the show absolutely forces you to understand the dialogue. In other words, this show will shove vocabulary and grammar comprehension down your throat; it makes you pay close attention to what is happening on the screen.

  4. Cowboy Bebop- Ah…Cowboy Bebop. Isn’t that just the best name for a television show? It’s a Japanese anime that follows the melancholy lives of a gaggle of space-age bounty hunters. I recommend this unique gem as a language learning tool mainly because, if you haven’t seen it, it’s completely different than on this list. I can’t emphasize enough how variety in your viewing habits will aid in your comprehension.

  5. Buffy the Vampire Slayer- Do you know the movie The Avengers? Of course you know The Avengers. Well, the Director- Joss Whedon- also directed this idiosyncratic show called Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Yes, yes. I know it sounds hokey. That’s what I always get from people when I recommend it. But trust me when I say it has some of the best dialogue of show out there. The dialogue is also very funny, and this is specifically why I think you should watch it in Spanish. Every line of dialogue becomes a little mini quiz- if you laugh, you understood it. It’s very simple. If not, well, just rewind until you can say “yes, I get it. That is witty.” You can’t beat instant feedback like that.

  6. Firefly- This is another great show from Joss Whedon. I recommend it for the same reason I recommend Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The best way I can describe this legendary cult series is a brilliant cross between hardcore science fiction and the antics of cowboys in the Wild West. Check it out.

  7. Supernatural- I know a lot of people who really, really like supernatural. I am not one of those people, but I will admit the show is entertaining. It follows two boys- Sam and dean Winchester, as they battle supernatural and/or mythical beasts. I recommend this show for the opposite reason that I recommend Game of Thrones. The storyline in Supernatural is generally the following: A bad beast does something bad; Sam and Dean find the bad beast; Sam and Dean nearly die fighting the bad beast. It’s repetitive and simplistic, yes, but it’s different from other shows that follow a similar format in that, within this repetitive structure, there are always unique and entertaining elements. So you have two things to consider: it’s easy to understand and it’s entertaining to watch. Sounds perfect for learning to speak Spanish, doesn’t it?

  8. Hannibal- this is not a show for the lighthearted, but my goodness is it excellent. It follows literature’s most infamous cannibal, the surprisingly erudite Hannibal Lector, prior to the events in the Oscar-winning movie The Silence of the Lambs. In other words, it follows good-old Hannibal before everyone realized he was eating people. It’s both mesmerizing and disgusting to watch as Hannibal manipulates everyone he comes in contact with. Nothing has sent chills down my spine quite like Hannibal’s endless slew of double entendre: “oh, my dear friend, I never feel guilty for anything I eat”. I include this show mainly because it employs some more advanced vocabulary than I have seen in other shows. The dialogue is dense, intellectual, and a joy to unravel.

  9. House of Cards- Viewers of House of Cards watch as Frank Underwood- the brilliant and vicious majority whip for Congress- connives and manipulates his way up the totem pole of American politics. Underwood is vicious, cold-hearted, and regularly uses dialogue not found in any other shows: namely politically oriented vocabulary. No other show will help you learn the Spanish word for Super-Pac, for example.

  10. The West Wing- the West Wing is all dialogue all of the time. It can be difficult to follow. Heck, it can be difficult to follow in English if you’re not paying attention. If you are an advanced Spanish speaker looking for additional immersion, this should be your go to source. Not only will it help you learn difficult vocabulary, it will also submerge you in the fascinating world of American politics.

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