Paula is fierce and endlessly passionate about whatever she’s doing. She wants to see the world and immerse herself in languages along the way. We’re looking forward to spending the summer showing Paula the ropes and hope that her experience as a Red Tape Translation intern solidifies her ambition!
What attracted you to the English language?
The English language has been a part of my life for more than 12 years now, so I don’t remember what attracted me to it in the first place. At some point, I couldn’t help but fall in love with it. It happened unexpectedly.
What made you decide to pursue a career in languages?
After I came back from my gap year in South Korea, I realised that languages can open doors to the whole world and thus I decided to pursue a career in this field. Besides, my parents always called me a “language genius” which is another reason why I chose this path.
Why did you choose to train in Berlin?
The training in Berlin offered many opportunities that other schools in other places did not, for example, Korean lessons. That was one thing that drew my attention. Besides, it has always been my dream to live in Berlin. When visiting the city over ten years ago, I realised that I wanted to live here someday.
What are you hoping to get out of your 4-week internship?
I hope to get a good first impression of translating and interpreting and what it’s like to work as a freelance translator and interpreter. I have already thought about studying translating or interpreting after the training in school, so I also hope that the internship will encourage me to do so.
What’s your favourite quote in your native language? Explain it to us and tell us why you like it.
I don’t have a favourite quote in German, but I really like the saying: “Never give up and never give in”. Pursuing this has helped me through many difficult times in life.
What kind of translating do you enjoy the most? Why?
To be honest I enjoy translating texts of any kind, on any topic. I love challenging myself with translations on topics I’ve never explored before.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years I see myself either working as a freelancer or working abroad at an international company, travelling a lot, discovering new places and getting to know new people. I just want to live a happy and exciting life.
Name an interesting fact about yourself that you’d like to share with our readers?
If I am interested in something, I will put my heart and soul into it, be it a language to learn, a specific topic in life or a hobby of mine.