14 July 2017

I’ve been really busy lately.

Not constantly busy. Cyclically busy. 

There would be days when I’m going from task to task, others when I’m just watching Korean dramas and napping.

Not sure if that’s healthy, but that’s how things are at the moment.

The past week has been one of those lazy weeks – no subtitles work, no writing, no teaching. Plus, my dad was off for four days, which makes it feel like a holiday and exponentially adds to the laziness. 

Things took a dramatic turn a few days ago. I got a writing assignment, which on its own is very little work. Then a surprise student (well actually two that I’m teaching together) whose parents want me to fit in as many lessons for as possible in two weeks (they don’t live in Bangkok and are only in town for that amount of time), so I’ve allocated five lessons (two hours each, plus prepping time) to them.

Then yesterday I got my new subtitles assignment: a Korean variety show. It’s a little over one hour but being a variety show there are a gazillion lines to translate (it’s basically 69 minutes of non-stop talking). The really awesome thing about this is that since there’s so much effort needed the company has decided to give a rate increase of 30% per programme minute, which makes the sum nice and, well, nice.

I started doing it yesterday. If the first two minutes are any indicator, it’s going to be heaps of fun. Short retorts and jokes, which means a playful translation, which is more relaxing than one with a serious tone. But it’s also going to be a headache pronoun-wise. The hosts are of varying ages and I have to be careful to use formal and informal language accordingly. It’s not difficult, just time-consuming and sometimes requires guesswork when the Korean (of which I know enough to be able to distinguish between formal and informal speech) isn’t indicative of age.

So yes, after lazing around for many days, I’m suddenly having to buckle up and get down to work. I’m a little stressed actually because of the subtitles work. It’s going to take a really long time and for the first time I’m not sure if I actually have enough hours to finish the work. There might be some 4-5am mornings in the next few days.

We’ll see. In any case, yes work is better than no work.

As always, I’ll do my best.

Please wish me luck!

Love,

Val 

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