Translator Spotlight – Judy Cheng

In our second installment of our “Translator Spotlight” series, we get to know Judy Cheng, another one of our amazing translators. Judy, who speaks English, Mandarin, and Spanish, earned over $550 in two days translating for VerbalizeIt!

Judy Cheng

Judy Cheng

Where are you from?

Born and raised in Queens NY, parents are from Taiwan

Where do you currently live?

Long Island, NY

What languages do you speak?

English, Mandarin, Spanish

How did you learn to speak more than one language?

When I was growing up, Mandarin was the main language spoken at home, and English was the language spoken outside of home. Spanish I learned in school, and continued to study it all through college.

How has being multi-lingual affected your life?

Being multi-lingual has opened many doors and has provided great benefits. For example, when applying for certain jobs, speaking more than one language is a requirement.

Why do you enjoy being a translator?

I enjoy being a translator because I love helping people. I’ve witnessed first hand the struggles some people have to go through because of language barriers.

What motivated you to become a translator for VerbalizeIt?

VerbalizeIt is a one of a kind, unique translating idea. There are so many translating companies all over the world, but none can compete with a human, who speaks the native language. The people at VerbalizeIt are very friendly, professional and are such a pleasure to work with.

What do you when you’re not translating for VerbalizeIt?

Because VebalizeIt offers such flexibility, I can go about with my normal routine. I am a part time hair dresser, and I manage a small restaurant.

What’s your best piece of advice for other translators?

My best advice for translators is to translate for customers as if it were for yourself. Give people the same attention you would want others to give you, if you were stuck in a similar situation.

What is your favorite travel location?

My all time favorite is Taiwan! Everything there is pure greatness! ;)

What are your hobbies?

My hobbies include ballroom dancing, playing Mahjong with family and friends, and of course, shopping.

Do you have any interesting stories of a time when a language barrier was an issue for you?

When I went to Taiwan on vacation a couple of years ago, I decided to go shopping by myself. I saw a very small boutique that sold exotic, out-of-the-ordinary things. To make a long story short, the older lady spoke ONLY Taiwanese and we could not communicate. Because of the language barrier, my shopping experience was difficult and I wished someone was there to help me translate.

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