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Do You Have What It Takes to Be the First Official Emoji Translator?

Could this be the greatest job ever?
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A U.K. company is seeking to hire a qualified emoji translator to work at their office in London. The company is called Today Translations, and it’s a language translation firm that employs over 3,000 linguists. The emoji translator role is the first of its kind, and will require a dedicated person to become an expert in the most common form of international communication.

Traditionally, emoji translations have been dominated by computer software, and the differences that arise among cultures aren’t always reflected in the interpretations, according to the job description. This is where an emoji translator can really make an impact — by providing a human touch. If you’ve got a bachelor’s degree and a passion for emojis, this job might be for you.

What Does It Mean to Be an Emoji Translator?

Just like any job, there are specific requirements and skills needed to be an emoji translator. Here’s what the company says you need.

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Emoji translation is itself an emerging field – but one dominated to date by software, which is often insensitive to the many cultural differences in usage and interpretation. We are therefore seeking an exceptional individual to provide the human touch needed where translation software is inadequate – and to help us become the go-to translation experts in this area.

In the absence of any native speakers, the successful candidate should be able to demonstrate a passion for emojis, combined with cutting-edge knowledge and awareness of areas of confusion and cultural/international differences. A practical test of emoji knowledge/skills may be given.

Official Responsibilities and Duties, According to the Job Description

  • Client, stakeholder and internal emoji translation
  • Monthly reporting on emoji trends, developments, usage and areas of confusion and cultural differences
  • Cross-cultural research on differences in emoji usage/interpretation
  • Ad hoc consultancy and advice, as needed

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