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believe that if we spoke a different language, we would perceive the world
differently. Knowing another language helps us learn and understand the culture
of that language. This is why I want to become a translator or interpreter as I
am intrigued by how different cultures can be. I am excited to discover the
hidden perception of communication and culture, which can allow me to educate
others through translation. I am bilingual speaker of English and Italian
meaning that I have encountered life in both cultures. I believe that speaking
another language allows you to think and see things in several ways that others
may not be familiar with. This reflects precisely why I feel so passionate
about many languages around the world. My fascination towards English, Italian
and Spanish, in particular, is closely related to this. From a young age, I was
translating and interpreting for my mother, who cannot speak good English. With
this, I have found that I enjoy interpreting for others as it brings me great
satisfaction knowing that I can help others through verbal and written
communication. My motivation for wanting to study translation is connected to
the attractiveness of the languages and cultures that come with it. I am eager
to unravel the history of English, Italian and Spanish language as they have
intrigued me like no other language has. Their literature has also inspired me
to learn the languages as well as motivating me for the future for example ‘Como
Agua Para Chocolate’ by Laura Esquivel and ‘Io Non Ho Paura’ by Niccolo
Ammaniti. I believe reading books in its original language is more beneficial
to the reader because you can discover different vocabulary structures and
cultural themes that you did not know before. I have always been interested in
exploring different meanings of the same word as all three of these languages
are so rich in their vocabulary. As a result I enjoy being able to express a
similar feeling or thought in many other ways. Personally I find interpreting a
challenge. It amazes me how one can simultaneously interpret with accuracy; in
the future I would like to gain the skills to become an interpreter myself. I
have studied Spanish for seven years at an academic level which has urged me to
take my learning further and study it at A Level. In addition to improve my
writing skills I decided to take Italian as an A Level because I only had
conversational skills meaning that I did not know how to write an essay
confidently without guidance. During the language courses, not only have I
become more confident in translating from English to Italian and Spanish to
English, it has also allowed me to improve my linguistic ability and amplified
my interest in translation. In my last year at school I volunteered to teach a
student Italian, to allow me to develop my teaching skills which could benefit me
in the future. During the lessons, I have found that it bring me satisfaction
to teach the language, and I feel like I’m learning new things with my student which
helps me to amplify my knowledge. Before university I am looking to go to Spain
for the summer to improve my fluency in the language through work experience
and living in the community. Studying translation and interpretation at
university will not only allow me to immerse myself into different cultures,
but it will also help me practice translating and interpreting as profession. I
sustain that one can do many things with speaking a new language; many
opportunities can arise in the future. Being brought up in both cultures has
been benefited my life in many aspects, it has helped me learn a new language
such as Spanish. I believe that knowing a language such as Spanish will open
many doors, as its one of the most spoken language in the world. In today’s
world the demand for translators and interpreters rises every day. I wish to
help people to better their communication and to be given this opportunity and
be part of the translating community.

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