Archive for April, 2009

Better late…

April 24, 2009

Hi there people. It’s been a long time since I posted anything here, and more importantly, it’s been a long time since I actually translated anything. Since people are starting to call me “inactive”, I thought I’d better explain my “inactivity” here as well as I can.

Well, you see, at least for me, translating is hard work. I’m really insecure of my skills, and due to my condition I am usually in a depressed mood, which keeps me from being able to focus on anything demanding such as a translation project. But you might be thinking, “you were always like that and it didn’t keep you from translating”, so believe it or not, I have a good reason to be “slacking off” as some people put it.

Not long ago, due to the circumstances that be, I have moved to Japan. As some of you may already know, the transition is not quite smooth and the whole cultural experience can be quite overwhelming at times. Assignments are now much more demanding than they were back home, and all in all, I’ve been pretty busy. So far it’s been worth it, even if only to be closer to my source material.

Source Material. Not pictured: time, motivation and skill.

Source Material. Not pictured: time, motivation and skill.

So, lack of time and depression are one thing. However, the shock of actually living in a japanese-speaking environment is quite harsh on someone who is here for the first time and only learned japanese by studying all by himself. I can speak and understand japanese, but since I got here, I’ve been feeling that no matter how much I know, it just doesn’t seem to cut it when it comes to certain things. All in all, I just feel that I am just not skilled enough to produce a high quality translation yet. Add that to the fact that English is not even my first language to have an idea about how tangled my head feels right now.

To sum it all up, I’m putting this project on hold for a couple of months, or at least until I feel confident enough about my japanese to consider any translation I make worthy of the high “internet standards” that all (not)4chan perverts so much crave. I’ll do my best here, study, gather more “source” material and “brush up” my skills, as some japanese people are urging me to do since I arrived.

Thanks for the support, and see you all soon. I’ll gladly answer any e-mails and comments, so feel free to write. ^^