This series of posts was inspired by Lifehacker’s How I Work series, which I’ve been reading for quite some time and thoroughly enjoy. It’s about time we discover how our colleagues work and get to know them a little better.
If you want to participate in this fun series, email us at email@example.com for the Word template where you can fill in your answers & bio (incl. site/blog/social media) and then send it back to us as an attachment along with your photo (optional but preferred). If you don’t like any of the questions, just delete them and add your own. Check out the previous interviews here.
Location: Athens, Greece, soon moving to London, UK
Desired location: Athens, Greece
Current work title: English and Greek to Polish translator
Desired work title: as above
Languages you have studied or currently speak: Polish (native), Greek (near-native), English (proficient)
The project you’re most proud of: It’s not translation-related. I have written a study about the influence of Greek on the Polish language included in the academic publication “Η διαχρονική συμβολή της Ελληνικής σε άλλες γλώσσες” (The diachronic influence of Greek on other languages).
Your current computer setup: an old Advent laptop, needs replacing
Do you own a smartphone? Yes, Sony Xperia Mini
Favorite time of the day: late at night
Favorite gadget (apart from computer & smartphone): my new tablet
Next conference/event you’re planning to attend: I plan to attend BP15 in Zagreb, nice opportunity to see a new place
How many hours per day do you usually work: 8-12 hours a day
Are you an introvert or an extrovert? introvert
Are you an early-riser or a night-owl? I have always been a night owl
What do you listen to while you work? usually nothing, but sometimes I listen to Mozart
And a few non-work related questions to get more personal.
Your babies or pets, incl. names and ages: no pets and no babies yet
Next city/country you want to visit: Oslo during the midnight sun period
Favorite vacation place: Greek islands
Favorite book: “Crime and Punishment” by Dostoyevsky
Favorite song: “I’m alive” by Celine Dion
What are you currently reading? “For Whom the Bell Tolls” by Hemingway
Zaneta Barska is a professional English and Greek into Polish translator specializing in IT, business & marketing and tourism. Born in Poland, grew up in Greece, through translation she tries to bring closer her two homelands. Apart from her job, she loves classical music and flamenco dance. You can read more about her on the Zaneta Barska Translations website and connect with her on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.