You Can Now Get Paid To Translate Emojis

'Shocked emoji'


by Danielle Fowler |
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Do you know your peach from your aubergine?

If so, then you're in luck, as those who consider themselves fluent in emoji can now get paid to translate the mini emoticons.

London-based firm, Today Translations, is on the hunt for a freelance emoji translator who will be paid to interpret everything from the sassy pink lady emoji (did you know she’s actually an ‘Information Desk Person’?) to the frequently misunderstood aubergine. And it’s thought to be the first job of its kind.

The successful candidate will join a global network of 3,000 linguists who speak over 200 languages at the company. The job role states that the freelancer will be paid per word/emoji and will be expected to produce monthly reports, which are paid for by the hour. If the company is impressed by your emoji de-coding skills, then a full-time position may eventually be up for grabs.

Ever since emojis were first launched in Japan in the 90s, the visual language has been rapidly growing, particularly following their debut on the Apple keyboard back in 2011.

Yet the visual icons are 'insensitive to the many cultural differences in usage and interpretation', according to the job advert, therefore the company is seeking 'an exceptional individual to provide the human touch needed where translational software is inadequate'.

Today Translations CEO Jurga Zilinskiene revealed to the BBC, that the company eventually decided to advertise the position after being approached by a client to translate a family diary from English into emoji.

In order to apply for the job, you simply need to send in your application and successful candidates will be required to undergo a test which will quiz you on your emoji knowledge.

But make sure to apply ASAP, as 30 people have already applied for the highly sought-after job. Good luck!

Fingers crossed emoji

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