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Working languages:
Spanish to English
English to Spanish

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March 2017

Interpret meaning, translate culture

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Local time: 00:32 EDT (GMT-4)

Native in: English Native in English
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What oliviahaber is working on
Mar 19:  Passed the Immigration Court interpreting exam! ...more, + 2 other entries »
Account type Freelancer
Services Translation, Interpreting, Editing/proofreading, Transcription
Specializes in:
Law (general)Tourism & Travel
JournalismPoetry & Literature
AnthropologySocial Science, Sociology, Ethics, etc.
Cooking / CulinaryFolklore
KudoZ activity (PRO) PRO-level points: 4, Questions answered: 2
Payment methods accepted PayPal, Money order, Wire transfer
Portfolio Sample translations submitted: 2
Translation education Other - New York University
Experience Years of translation experience: 1. Registered at Dec 2016. Became a member: Dec 2016. Certified PRO certificate(s) N/A
Credentials Spanish to English (New York University - School of Continuing and Professional Studies, verified)
English to Spanish (New York University - School of Continuing and Professional Studies, verified)
Spanish to English (Southern California School of Interpretation: Immigration Court Training Program, verified)
English to Spanish (Southern California School of Interpretation: Immigration Court Training Program, verified)
Memberships N/A
Software Adobe Acrobat, Google Translator Toolkit, Microsoft Excel, SmartCat, Powerpoint
CV/Resume English (PDF)
About me

My name is Olivia and I am a freelance writer and translator based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the United States. A native English speaker, I am a qualified translator of Spanish to English. I completed a diploma program in Legal Interpreting in English and Spanish at New York University in December 2016. I am currently registered with the Pennsylvania State Courts as an interpreter and under consideration with the Department of Justice at Immigration Court. I volunteer as an interpreter for the legal aid organization VIP Philadelphia.

Recently, I've been contracted to translate texts related to Spanish cuisine and the airline industry. Although I am still starting out in my career as a translator and interpreter, I offer a diversity of experience and a way with words. I hold a B.A. in anthropology from Haverford College (where graduated with honors), and a minor/concentration in creative writing. I am currently employed as a freelance editor of poetry and prose.

My knack for translation lies in my love of literature and writing. Of course, my knowledge of the legal system and my ability to decode legal jargon in English and Spanish are both assets as well. Finally, exposure to Latin American culture paired with analytical study of culture and society through my degree in anthropology are hidden items in my translation tool belt. I’ve spent a lot of my life in Latin America, both as a young child in Mexico and more recently living and working in Chile and Colombia. I’ve taken a lot of time to listen, write, and reflect about Latin American politics and identity, and how it relates to the North American worldview. This act of translating culture has also helped me with some of the more subtle translation quandaries I’ve come across so far.

For more information, see the CV I have attached as a PDF, a version of which appears below:

Interpreting meaning, translating culture

New York University New York, NY
Diploma in Legal Interpreting 12/2016
Haverford College Haverford, PA
Bachelor of Arts with honors in Anthropology 5/2013
Minor in Creative Writing
Immigration Court, Department of Justice Philadelphia, PA
Interpreter 3/2017-Present
• Provide interpreting services for Immigration Court
• Interpret simultaneously at 160+ WPM, provide consecutive interpretation for witness testimony, and provide sight translation of court documents
Thomas Devaney, Poet Philadelphia, PA
Editor, proofreader 6/2015-Present
• Edit and proofread author’s poetry and prose with an eye for clarity, aesthetics, and grammar
• Transcribe interviews using Transcribe software from Wreally
• Write and edit Wikipedia articles
EveryMundo Miami, FL
Freelance Translator 1/2017
• Translated web content from Spanish to English for company specializing in airline marketing
Enea Multilingual Solutions New York, NY
Freelance Interpreter 12/2016
• Interpreted legal deposition for prosecuting attorney interviewing Spanish-speaking defendant for a civil case involving a motor vehicle accident
InitHealth Bilbo, Bizkaia, Spain
Freelance Translator 9/2016-10/2016
• Translated 500 recipes based on Spanish cuisine from Spanish to English through

Interpreter’s Journal: NYU Fall ‘16
• Wrote nine short essays reflecting on different aspects of Court Interpreter’s Code of Conduct
Interpreter’s Glossary: NYU Fall ‘16
• Assembled a glossary containing over 1,000 terms in English and Spanish related to legal procedures, the civil and criminal code, and general vocabulary

Philadelphia VIP: Interpreter
Philadelphia, PA—12/2016-Present
• Interpret for Spanish-speaking clients and their representation by phone and in person
Mighty Writers: Writing instructor Philadelphia, PA—9/2015-12/2015
• Assisted in the leading of a writing workshop in Spanish and English for bilingual students
• Tutored middle-school age Spanish-speaking students at afterschool program
SE Works: English tutor
Portland, OR—12/2013-6/2014
• Tutored Honduran refugee and recent immigrant in basic English skills
Specialized bilingual vocabulary pertaining to legal matters ▪ Consecutive & simultaneous interpreting and sight translation ▪ Spanish to English written translation ▪ Articulate and eloquent writer ▪ Accurate content editor & proofreader ▪ Well-versed in intercultural communication ▪ Patient and passionate instructor of adults and children ▪ Proficiency with SmartCat, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, & Transcribe
Keywords: english, spanish, law, legal, simultaneous interpretation, consecutive interpretation, courtroom interpretation, translation

Profile last updated
Mar 25

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