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April 2021

Sofia Gutkin
Medicine, life sciences, books & games

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Local time: 22:50 AEST (GMT+10)

Native in: English (Variants: Australian, New Zealand, British) Native in English, Russian (Variant: Standard-Russia) Native in Russian
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Sofia Gutkin

Russian>English Translator and Editor with Physiotherapy Degree


I am a bilingual language professional with 9 years of experience in translation, editing/proofreading and localisation. It all started when I was a teenager and decided to translate a Russian science fiction novel into English so that my best friend could read it. This labour of love was my first foray into translation and I decided to pursue T&I as a career in 2012, when I undertook a 4-month internship at a translation agency in Tel Aviv, Israel. I have recently completed the Postgraduate Programme in Specialised Translation at KU Leuven in Antwerp, Belgium.

I specialise in Medicine, Life Sciences, Pharmacology, Literature/Fiction, Marketing and Computer Games. I hold a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and a Postgraduate Certificate in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy from the University of Melbourne, Australia and I have worked as a physiotherapist since 2008. My firsthand knowledge of the human body and the modern healthcare system has given me the skills to translate medical journal articles, hospital discharge summaries and test reports, letters to/from Ethics Committees, etc. with accuracy and confidence. 

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nr7tm0hlianibhnix5wp.jpgOver the past few years, I have attended various international translation and interpreting conferences, including FIT Congress 2017 in Brisbane, Australia, Translation Forum Russia 2018 in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Translation Forum Russia 2019 in St Petersburg, Russia, and UTIC-2020 in Dnepro, Ukraine (remotely). I presented at TFR 2018, with a 45-minute talk about translating novels from Russian to English. My online presentation at UTIC-2020 described my postgraduate translation studies in Antwerp, Belgium. I am a Professional Trainer, with a webinar presentation entitled 'Beyond False Friends: how to avoid making typical mistakes when translating from Russian to English'.

I am incredibly proud of my creative translations, both video games and novels. I have translated four novels by Andrei Livadny: Blind Punch, The Shadow of Earth, Servobattalion and Edge of the Abyss, which are all available on Amazon ( and Goodreads. My latest book translation is City of Goblins by Petr Zhgulyov, whose real-RPG series was a 2019 online hit. My video game translations have ranged from the quaint but creepy indie puzzle-platformer World of One by the Grimwood Team to the zany and dialogue-heavy relaunch of Red Comrades 3: Return of Alaska by Buka Development.

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