I can say I have a wide variety of interests, but the ones I invest most of my time in are (enumerated more or less accordingly):
- Languages – pretty much everything about them: from the whole learning/studying process, translation, up to examining/analysing their development in time, their impact on human psychology and way of thinking etc.
- Listening to and discovering music – that's where I earn most of my knowledge about any language. If I don't have any songs to translate in my target language, I eventually abandon learning it.
- Playing the piano (I can't read any notes though, I can play by ear only)
- Collecting vinyl records
- Photography (just for fun) and photo editing
Languages and music have been my passion ever since I was little. I started learning English in kindergarten, and French in high school. I also studied Russian for three years before entering high school (on a rather basic level), and thanks to its similarity with my native Bulgarian, I can understand it to a certain degree, but I can hardly use it correctly if I have to express myself in it. I'm self-taught when it comes to every other language which I've chosen as "studied". Yet, I'm mostly concentrated on Italian, Esperanto, Czech (along with Slovak, occasionally) and Romanian (and more rarely, Japanese and Turkish).
I'm also quite meticulous when it comes to typography, grammar and punctuation. I respect each language's rules and particularities and try to put them to practice as much as possible.
About the languages I've chosen as being fluent in:
Please note that I don't consider myself fluent in any language besides my native Bulgarian. Yet, I've chosen English, Italian, French and Esperanto as the ones I feel most confident to both use and work with (with that meaning speaking and translating from and into these languages). As for the languages which I've chosen as "studied", I can understand them to some extent, depending on the language, but I don't use them that frequently as much as the ones I feel most confident with. I use them mostly to translate songs from, rarely into.
Shortcuts for symbols I often use, but don't have on my keyboard:
- … (ellipsis as a single symbol)
- → (arrow pointing to the right) – I use it when I notify translators for the changes I've applied to the source lyrics or when suggesting any improvements)
- Āā, Ēē, Īī, Ōō, Ūū (Latin vowels with macrons) – for rōmaji transcriptions of titles or lyrics
- А̀а̀, Ъ̀ъ̀, О̀о̀, У̀у̀, Ѐѐ, Ю̀ю̀, Я̀я̀ (Cyrillic vowels with grave accents) – used for indicating stressed syllables in Bulgarian (not all of them being actually used, just in case)
- Ǎǎ – for transliterating the letter Ъъ in Bulgarian titles
- Œœ – for some words in French
- Iı, İ, Ğğ, Şş – for Turkish
- Ёё, — (em dash) – for Russian
Favourite singers, bands, instrumentalists, composers etc. (sorted by nationality [in alphabetical order] and then more or less by preference):
- American: Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Mariah Carey, Tina Turner, Randy Crawford, Andy Black, 3TEETH, Owl City
- Brazilian: Antônio Carlos Jobim (Tom Jobim), Elis Regina
- British: Sade, Billy Idol, Shakatak, Kim Wilde, Lily Allen, Rod Stewart
- Bulgarian: Camellia Todorova (a.k.a. Camy Todorow), Lili Ivanova, Beloslava, Irina Florin, Toni, Pasha Hristova, FSB, Hilda Kazasyan, Lea Ivanova, Rachel Row, Yıldız İbrahimova
- Czech: Hana Zagorová, Marie Rottrová, Karel Gott, Helena Vondráčková, Petra Janů
- French: Viktor Lazlo, Mylène Farmer, Dalida, Zaz
- Greek: Yanni, Vangelis
- Hungarian: Neoton Família
- Irish: Enya
- Italian: Anna Oxa, Mina, Patty Pravo, Valentina Monetta (San Marinese), Loretta Goggi, Mango, Marcella Bella, Antonella Ruggiero, Chiara, Annalisa, Malika Ayane, Arisa, Brazilian Wax, Flavia Fortunato, Loredana Bertè, Rondò Veneziano, Fiordaliso, Matia Bazar (with Antonella Ruggiero), Ornella Vanoni, (Ivana) Spagna, Nada
- Japanese: Perfume, Momoko Kikuchi, Kaoru Akimoto, Hiroshi Yoshimura, Keiko Kimura, Tatsuro Yamashita, Takako Mamiya
- Polish: Frédéric Chopin
- Portuguese: Maria Teresa (previously known as Sabrina)
- Romanian: Corina Chiriac
- Russian: Alla Pugachova
- Slovak: Peter Nagy
- Swedish: ABBA, Army of Lovers, Roxette, One More Time
- Taiwanese: Teresa Teng
- Turkish: Ajda Pekkan