Member since Sep '11

Working languages:
German to English

Michael Martin, MA
Translation with imagination

New York, New York, United States
Local time: 09:05 EDT (GMT-4)

Native in: German (Variant: Germany) Native in German, English (Variant: US) Native in English
  • PayPal accepted
  • Send message through
Feedback from
clients and colleagues

on Willingness to Work Again info
9 positive reviews

 Your feedback
This person is a top KudoZ point holder in German to English
What Michael Martin, MA is working on
Sep 8, 2016 (posted via  Helping America Find Its Brain Again ...more »
Total word count: 0

Account type Freelance translator and/or interpreter, Identity Verified Verified member
Data security Created by Evelio Clavel-Rosales This person has a SecurePRO™ card. View now.
Affiliations This person is not affiliated with any business or Blue Board record at
Services Translation, Interpreting
Specializes in:
Marketing / Market ResearchHistory
Idioms / Maxims / SayingsTourism & Travel
General / Conversation / Greetings / LettersBusiness/Commerce (general)
Government / PoliticsLaw (general)
Law: Contract(s)IT (Information Technology)

KudoZ activity (PRO) PRO-level points: 3818, Questions answered: 3513
Payment methods accepted Wire transfer, PayPal, Check
Portfolio Sample translations submitted: 1
Experience Years of experience: 14. Registered at Mar 2011. Became a member: Sep 2011.
Credentials German to English (Cambridge University (ESOL Examinations), verified)
Memberships N/A
Software memoQ, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, SDL WorldServer, Powerpoint, Protemos, Smartcat
Events and training
Professional practices Michael Martin, MA endorses's Professional Guidelines.
Professional objectives
  • Meet new end/direct clients
  • Network with other language professionals
  • Learn more about the business side of freelancing
  • Stay up to date on what is happening in the language industry
  • Improve my productivity

Levitating towards the untranslatable

I am a freelance German to English translator living in NYC with an affinity for creative translations in many shapes or forms. My goal is to never run out of ideas when it comes to translation solutions, which is reflected in my regular contributions to KudoZ questions and my interest in idiomatic challenges beyond what can be looked up in dictionaries and glossaries. What's more, I would argue that even more valuable than expertise in a given domain are general linguistic skills, an excellent prose and intellectual agility to do research and find solutions on unfamiliar terrain.

In the final analysis, translation is a hands-on skill. It's less about what you know than about what you can do. Metaphorically speaking, I'm a well-rounded soccer player but not a coach. That's why credentials, for instance, are rarely a meaningful predictor of future job performance and translation is no exception. For more insights into my style, take a look at my translated news headlines at

This user has earned KudoZ points by helping other translators with PRO-level terms. Click point total(s) to see term translations provided.

Total pts earned: 4146
PRO-level pts: 3818

Top languages (PRO)
German to English3604
English to German206
German to Spanish4
Top general fields (PRO)
Social Sciences407
Pts in 4 more flds >
Top specific fields (PRO)
Law (general)352
Law: Contract(s)256
Education / Pedagogy175
Finance (general)160
Business/Commerce (general)159
Medical (general)147
Human Resources121
Pts in 82 more flds >

See all points earned >

Profile last updated
Apr 7

More translators and interpreters: German to English   More language pairs