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High School

If you are interested in becoming a translator, you should take a variety of English courses, because most translation work in the United States is from a foreign language into English. The study of one or more foreign languages is vital. If you are interested in becoming proficient in one or more of the Romance languages, such as Italian, French, or Spanish, basic courses in Latin will be useful. Other helpful courses include world history, geography, political science, speech, business, cultural studies, and humanities. In fact, any course that emphasizes the written word will be valuable to aspiring translators. In addition, knowledge of a particular subject matter in which you may have interest, such as health, law, and science or a type of literary writing style, will give you a professional edge if you want to specialize. Finally, courses in typing and word processing are recommended. 

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