Working languages:
German to English
Spanish to English
French to English

Holly James
French, German and Spanish into English

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I am a professional freelance translator based between the UK and France providing accurate, high-quality translations from German, French and Spanish into English.

I have a high level of academic training, having gained a first class degree in Modern Languages from a top UK university where I was able to specialise in translation. I have two years' full time professional experience working as a freelance translator as well as over 4 years of part-time and pro-bono experience.

I have experience translating in a range of fields including education, environment, fashion, electronics and retail in a variety of formats, from marketing materials and product descriptions to educational resources for both agencies and direct clients (please see below for details).

I am a competent user of Trados, my translation software of choice but I am also familiar with other open source CAT tools, including Omega-T for clients who prefer to work with Mac. I also have strong Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, Publisher) and am familiar with operating systems for both PC and Mac.

Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information, references and quotes. You can also find me on Linked-In:


Universiy of Portsmouth 2015 - present

MA Translation (current)

Modules: Translation Theory and Practice, Specialised Translation including legal, literary, technical and business and finance modules.

University of Exeter 2009 - 2013

BA (Hons) German and Spanish with French, Class I

Modules: Advanced Translation, German language, Spanish language, French Upper Intermediate, Dissertation

Professional Experience

March 2016 - Translation of numerous official and technical documents for a Rembrandt painting for TongueTied translations (ES>EN)

March 2016 - Translation of large conracts and agreements (legal translation) for Star UK translation agency (FR>EN)

February 2016 - Transcription and translation of audio files and marketing materials for RP translate (DE/FR>EN)

January 2016 - Translation of sources (letters, documents) for a large research projecton WWII run by the University of Marburg (DE/FR>EN)

January 2016 - Translation of official medical documents and bills for TongueTied translation agency (DE>EN)

January 2016 - Translation of marketing materials for a home furnishings and interior design company through AST language services (DE>EN)

December 2015 - Collaboration on a translation of a document on trafficking of persons in Republic of Congo for United Nations UNV programme (FR>EN)

December 2015 - Large translation of a corporate design manual (22,000 words) for TongueTied translation agency (DE>EN)

December 2015 - Translation of a website for a charity constructing educational facilities in Africa for AST language services (DE>EN)

November 2015 - Translation of contracts and correspondence between Nottingham Castle Museum and the Louvre Museum (FR>EN)

September 2015 - present - Ongoing translation of technical and marketing texts for STAR UK (DE>EN)

September 2015 - Translation of a manifesto for the Gender Equality Unit at UN Habitat for the United Nations UNV Programme (FR>EN)

September 2013 - present - Ongoing translation of product descriptions in various fields, including electronics, fashion, sports equipment, home and garden for Amazon Europe (DE/FR/ES>EN)

September 2013 - Translation of a document in the field of environment and renewable energies for Aktuel Translations

April 2013 - Translation Internship at University of Exeter Student Translation Agency

2011/12 - Translation of terminology database in the field of fashion / cosmetics for Santa Engracia Vocational College in Madrid (ES>EN)

2012 - Collaboration on the translation of Prospectus for Santa Engracia Vocational College in Madrid (ES>EN)

Summer 2011 - Translation of documents and emails related to the year abroad scheme for Exeter University Study and Work Abroad Office (DE/ES>EN)

June 2011 - Technical translation of terminology database for FARGO Systems, Exeter (EN>DE)


"Holly proved to be extremely professional, efficient and friendly. She was able to complete the translation prior to an agreed deadline and was more than willing to provide any additional support. We are very pleased with the service she provided we will certainly use her in the future for further correspondence with the Louvre Museum and other leading international arts organisations."

- Colette Griffin, Visual Arts and Exhibitions Assistant, Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery

"Holly completed the task before deadline and was keen to ensure our satisfaction [...] The detail of her work and incorporation of our requirements exceeded our expectations"

- Angela Mwai, Leader of Gender Equality Unit, United Nations Habitat

"Holly delivered the translation on time and the client was pleased with the result. We would look to use her for translations in the future"

- Hannah Goodman, Project Manager at Aktuel Translations

"A hard working translator who showed understanding of the importance of meeting deadlines and quality standards."

- A. Roman-Lesma, ESTA Translation Agency

"A gifted linguist ... her maturity and capacity to work under pressure makes her an ideal candidate for future employers.

- I. Moros, Lecturer at the University of Exeter
Keywords: German, French, Spanish, English, Fashion, Art, Culture, Environment, Electronics, Technical Translation, Paris, France, UK, Non-Profit,

Profile last updated
May 12, 2017

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