tackle

sansoni

Senior Member
Italian
I want to express the idea that I have translated many texts from different fields and I was wondering if I can use tackle here. Here's my try:

The desire to expand my horizons made me tackle other fields, such as...

Thaks a lot!
 
  • manon33

    Senior Member
    English - England (Yorkshire)
    I want to express the idea that I have translated many texts from different fields and I was wondering if I can use tackle here. Here's my try:

    The desire to expand my horizons made me tackle other fields, such as...

    Thaks a lot!
    For reasons I cannot explain, it just doesn't sound quite right. It is not because 'to tackle' always connotes physical adventurousness (He tackled Everest and made it to the top); it should be acceptable, since you can tackle a difficult task in other areas of intellectual endeavour, e.g. 'I tackled the hardest Maths problems and got them right'.

    I cannot put my finger on why it isn't quite the right word here.

    Sorry, that probably isn't much use to you!
     

    ewie

    Senior Member
    English English
    It's okay for me, Sansoni ~ as per definition B3 in the dictionary.
    I'm sure that some people might frown at the seeming incongruity of tackling a field, so you might be better off changing fields to another word, such as specialisms.
     

    Nunty

    Modified
    Hebrew-US English (bilingual)
    Specialisms? :eek: Is that BE?

    This sounds like a CV or cover letter for one or a job application, and in all those cases "tackle" sounds too informal to my AE ear.
     

    sansoni

    Senior Member
    Italian
    Nunty, you are right! It's all about a cover letter and indeed it sounds too informal!

    What other word could be suitable here to express the same idea?
     

    Nunty

    Modified
    Hebrew-US English (bilingual)
    It depends on how over the top you want to be. I'm way out of practice with this sort of writing and the CVs I read these days aren't in English. I can't think of anything that doesn't sound immature. I'm sure someone else will be more helpful.
     
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