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Italian to English
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May 2016

Oliver Lawrence
Texts with zest by a Chartered Linguist

Latina, Lazio, Italy
Local time: 11:12 CEST (GMT+2)

Native in: English Native in English
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Account type Freelancer, Identity Verified Verified member Kudoz editor
Services Translation, Editing/proofreading, Website localization
Specializes in:
Marketing / Market ResearchTourism & Travel
Law: Contract(s)

Preferred currency EUR
KudoZ activity (PRO) PRO-level points: 4016, Questions answered: 2034, Questions asked: 384
Project History 6 projects entered    1 positive feedback from outsourcers
Project DetailsProject SummaryCorroboration

Volume: 2000 words
Completed: Sep 2010
Italian to English
Regular articles for major Milan fashion website

a regular collaboration with a major website dealing with developments and initiatives on the Milan fashion retail scene

Textiles / Clothing / Fashion, Internet, e-Commerce
 No comment.

Volume: 64000 words
Completed: Aug 2010
Italian to English
Context-sensitive help for major engineering software package

an ongoing project to translate the help file for a major (and growing) advanced software package handling calculations in the design of steel structures

Computers: Software
 No comment.

Volume: 3800 words
Completed: Aug 2010
Italian to English
Purchasing procedure for multi-national construction company

the purchasing procedure from the quality management system for the South African office of a multi-national construction company based in Italy

Construction / Civil Engineering, Business/Commerce (general)
 No comment.

Volume: 1500 words
Completed: Aug 2010
Italian to English
Luxury yacht marketing material

a catalogue entry and PowerPoint presentation of a new luxury yacht

Ships, Sailing, Maritime
 No comment.

Volume: 14000 words
Completed: Mar 2010
Italian to English
Official legislative decree on nuclear procurement procedures

a medium-large translation for a major international organisation

Government / Politics, Nuclear Eng/Sci, Law (general)
OECD: Would use again

Volume: 1950 words
Completed: Jul 2009
Italian to English
Audioguide for Basilica of Ss. Cosma and Damian, Rome

the text of the audioguide for visitors to this delightful basilica in Rome, Italy

Tourism & Travel
 No comment.

Payment methods accepted Bank transfer
Portfolio Sample translations submitted: 5
Translation education Graduate diploma - City University, London
Experience Years of translation experience: 8. Registered at May 2008. Became a member: Jun 2008.
Credentials Italian to English (Chartered Institute of Linguists, verified)
Italian to English (Institute of Translation and Interpreting)
Memberships Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), Plain Language Association International (PLAIN), CIOL
Software Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, SDL Edit, Powerpoint, Wordfast
Training sessions attended Personal branding for business success [download]
Free and inexpensive productivity tools - part 1 [download]
Quality Assurance for Translators - increase business and translation quality [download]
Web writing for translators [download]
Translation in Travel & Tourism: Is it really that simple? [download]
Lusso e traduzione: tra marketing, valorizzazione del brand e transcreation [download]
Professional practices Oliver Lawrence endorses's Professional Guidelines.
About me
Incisive Translations – texts with zest –

Translations need to be accurate but with natural, appropriate style to convey the message with clarity and impact. Good style lets readers focus on the content, boosts sales, and prevents confusion; a translator should be sensitive to nuance and know what sounds just right.

I am a qualified translator with over 7 years’ experience – nearly 3 million words’ worth – specialising in Italian tourism, marketing and contract texts, although I consider any translation or editing task on its merits.

Accreditations and Qualifications

Chartered Linguist
Diploma in Translation from the UK Chartered Institute of Linguists (2 Distinctions and a Merit in the 3 papers), 2008
ITI member (MITI) (“Highly Commended” on the entrance exam)
Chartered Institute of Linguists member (MCIL)
• Member of the ITI Media, Arts and Tourism network

• Plain Language Association InterNational (PLAIN) member
• Professional Copywriters’ Network member
Quality in Translation campaign supporter
• ProZ Certified Professional
• Cambridge University graduate

Besides translation and transcreation, I provide revising, editing and proofreading services for texts that need to be checked or revamped. I offer an efficient, friendly, high-quality service with reliable, punctual delivery. For added value, I can also provide (tactful) feedback on how to improve the original Italian.

Plain English for clear but precise contracts and business procedures; persuasive, compelling travel-marketing copy; effective English for the web – in other words, incisive texts that read well and that work. My quality-assurance process is rigorous and uses the latest tools, and I continually enhance my skills with a personal CPD programme including attendance at trade fairs such as the Condé Nast Luxury Travel Fair and WTM (further details available on request). I regularly speak at conferences or give training webinars on clear writing and on translating for the travel industry.

Recent experience

Tourism – 2 full-length published guide books (on Venice and Verona), wall texts for the exhibition Numbers. Everything that counts at Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, the ebook “The Via Aemilia”, part of the website for “La casa di Montalbano”, cruise brochures, a stylish corporate-hospitality website, spa hotel promotions, guest information, accommodation advertisements, a property-development prospectus, audio guides, travel articles, art-exhibition reviews
Marketing and Commercial – press releases on automatic doors, quality management system (QMS) procedures for a construction company, a media-management policy for a fish producer, presentations for a charity, newsletters for a snow-gun manufacturer, an environmental policy for a leather producer, cosmetics product labelling, market research for a magazine publisher, social-media guidelines for an IT firm, branding guidelines, slogans
Legal – a major legislative decree for the OECD, numerous contracts (tenders, conditions of sale, shipping agreements, etc.), data-protection policies, transport conditions of carriage, online-gaming regulations, various certificates
Publications, webinars and speeches – articles published on leading translation blog Adventures in Freelance Translation and in Editing Matters, the official magazine of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders; 60-minute webinars given on “Translating for the travel and tourism industry” and “Clear Writing, Clear Benefits” (now a course – sign up now!) for leading training provider eCPD Webinars; guest speaker at the 2013 IAPTI conference on “Clarity: serving our clients by serving their readers” and at the 2014 ProZ conference on “Translating for the travel and tourism industry”

Contact me by email at or on Skype at o.m.lawrence to discuss your Italian translation needs and how I can help you. For more information, visit my website:

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Total pts earned: 4427
PRO-level pts: 4016

Top languages (PRO)
Italian to English3891
English to Italian23
Top general fields (PRO)
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Top specific fields (PRO)
Law (general)280
Business/Commerce (general)242
Law: Contract(s)223
Art, Arts & Crafts, Painting184
General / Conversation / Greetings / Letters179
Poetry & Literature174
Advertising / Public Relations135
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This user has reported completing projects in the following job categories, language pairs, and fields.

Project History Summary
Total projects6
With client feedback1
100% positive (1 entry)

Job type
Language pairs
Italian to English6
Specialty fields
Tourism & Travel1
Law (general)1
Business/Commerce (general)1
Internet, e-Commerce1
Other fields
Government / Politics1
Nuclear Eng/Sci1
Ships, Sailing, Maritime1
Construction / Civil Engineering1
Computers: Software1
Textiles / Clothing / Fashion1
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