Member since Apr '18

Working languages:
French to English
Spanish to English
Portuguese to English
Russian to English
English to Spanish

Sonja Swenson-Khalchenia
Legal, financial, defense, government

Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Local time: 01:36 EST (GMT-5)

Native in: English Native in English
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Dec 6, 2018 (posted via  It's been a very busy fall 2018! Plenty of conferences, lots of contracts, a little bit of travel. ...more, + 3 other entries »
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Account type Freelance translator and/or interpreter, Identity Verified Verified member
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Services Translation, Interpreting, Subtitling, Transcription
Specializes in:
Cooking / CulinaryCinema, Film, TV, Drama
Government / PoliticsInternational Org/Dev/Coop
Law (general)Food & Drink
Advertising / Public RelationsEconomics
Cosmetics, Beauty

Translation education Master's degree - Institut de Traducteurs, d'Interprètes et Relations Internationales
Experience Years of experience: 13. Registered at Jul 2014. Became a member: Apr 2018. Certified PRO certificate(s) N/A
Credentials French to English (Institut de Traducteurs, Interprètes et de Relations Internationales)
French to English (US State Department)
Spanish to English (Institut de Traducteurs, Interprètes et de Relations Internationales)
Spanish to English (US State Department)
Portuguese to English (Institut de Traducteurs, Interprètes et de Relations Internationales)

Memberships N/A
Software Indesign, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office Pro, Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Wordfast

I have been working as a freelance translator since 2007, and as a conference interpreter since 2010.

My working languages are Spanish, French, Russian, and Portuguese, which I translate into my native English.

I live in Washington, DC and translate and interpret regularly for the US Department of State as well as the Organization of American States, Inter-American Development Bank, and International Monetary Fund, among other international organizations within the UN system.

My areas of specialization are law and finance. As a certified court interpreter, I frequently interpret for various court systems and for law firms involved in international proceedings, and from 2016 to 2017 I worked full-time in Cambodia for the UN Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials. I also frequently handle finance for development, international banking, foreign legislation, court records, and reports for major international financial institutions.  

I am an active member of both AIIC and TAALS, and have a MA in conference interpreting from ITI-RI Université de Strasbourg. I also have passed the ATA certification test. 

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Aug 6, 2020

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