Working languages:
Japanese to English

Cal Hampton
Digital Entertainment Localisation

Southampton, England, United Kingdom
Local time: 01:07 BST (GMT+1)

Native in: English (Variant: British) Native in English
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Account type Freelancer, Identity Verified Verified site user
Services Translation, Editing/proofreading, Software localization, Subtitling
Specializes in:
Games / Video Games / Gaming / CasinoPoetry & Literature
Translation education Bachelor's degree - University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies
Experience Years of translation experience: 5. Registered at Aug 2013. Certified PRO certificate(s) N/A
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CV/Resume English (PDF)
Conference participation Conferences attended
Training sessions attended Literary translation and strategies for translating poetry [download]
Create a blog and stand out in the translation industry. [download]
Localization of video games [download]
Difficulties and Challenges for the Translation of Subtitles in Showbiz-related Programs [download]


Japanese to English translator based in the UK, specialising in video games, manga and other forms of entertainment. I have over three years’ experience in the games industry and am eager to learn more and improve my skills. I studied Japanese at university, have spent time living in Japan and passed the JLPT exam. I am a native speaker of UK English, also comfortable working in US English. My focus is always on providing quality translations that end users can enjoy.

Key Achievements

  • Contributed to the translation of several video games, on platforms such as PC, console, smartphone and arcade machine. These titles have included a range of genres and target audiences, from games for younger children to tourist apps to 18+ content. Deadlines, workloads and software have differed from project to project, but I always try to be flexible according to my clients' requirements.
  • Worked for an in-house localisation company, primarily as a translator but also taking on editin, LocQA and translation support duties as required. A strong sense of teamwork existed between ours and other language teams who used our translation as their source text. We also kept up regular communication with our clients through e-mail, query files and video conferences.
  • I have also worked as a proofreader, checking the accuracy and consistency of translations and flagging potential localisation issues. In ensuring correct use of grammar I have been able to deepen my understanding of my native language and of the distinctions between different variants of English.
  • Provided translation for various manga titles, both single volumes and ongoing series, usually working with online editing platforms.
  • I have experience of translation and editing software including MemoQ, SmartCAT, Wordfast Anywhere, Wordbee, Aegisub, MOES and iVerse Comics+.
  • I am passionate about improving my skills as a translator. Between projects I read textbooks or attend webinars to help expand my knowledge and prepare for future challenges. I also read fiction (in both Japanese and English) to stimulate my imagination and familiarise myself with different writing styles. In future I hope to gain more experience with other forms, such as subtitles and prose literature.
  • Before starting to translate professionally I assisted several online groups with translation on a voluntary basis. These informal projects included material such as game text, manga, magazine articles and anime subtitles.
  • Studied Japanese at the School of Oriental and African Studies. In addition to intensive classes in London, my degree programme included an exchange year spent at Nagoya's Nanzan University, where I was able to further immerse myself in the language and culture of Japan. Since graduating I have passed the Japanese Language Proficiency Test at the highest level.


N1 Level Japanese Language Proficiency Test, Japan Foundation, 2015

BA Japanese, University of London School of Oriental and African Studies, 2012

Notable Projects

Pole to Win UK – video game translation. Mar 2015-June 2018

Active Gaming Media – manga and video game translation and proofreading. Dec 2015-Mar 2018

Verboo Language Service – subtitle timing and translation (art related). June 2018

Sublime Subtitling & Translation – text translation (music industry related). Feb 2018

Inlingo Game Localization Studio – text translation (video game related). Feb 2018

Transatlantic Translation Group - video game translation, Oct-Dec 2016

Transfluent – manga translation. Mar 2015

Ray=Out – manga and anime translation and proofreading. (Voluntary)

Verve Fanworks – video game translation. (Voluntary)

Chrono Compendium – translation of video game developer interviews. (Voluntary)

Athelstan Militaria – translation and explanatory notes of signature on antique sword blade.


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Keywords: video games, localization, japanese to english, video game translator, manga, subtitles, japanese, literature, folklore, translation, translator, interactive entertainment, fiction

Profile last updated
Jul 1

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