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mbg69
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Bangkok, Thailand
Local time: 10:21 ICT (GMT+7)

Native in: French (Variant: Standard-France) Native in French, English (Variant: British) Native in English
Account type Freelancer and outsourcer
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Services Translation, Editing/proofreading, Software localization
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KudoZ activity (PRO) PRO-level points: 4, Questions answered: 7
Portfolio Sample translations submitted: 3
Thai to English: สมาชิกในครอบครัว - Members of the family (excerpt)
General field: Art/Literary
Source text - Thai
วันนั้นตรงกับช่วงปิดเทอม ผมกับเพื่อนๆเราไปสำรวจแผนที่สายคลองของป่าต้นน้ำอันศักดิ์สิทธิ์ พิทักษ์เล่าให้ผมฟังในวันหนึ่ง แดดรวยระรินซ่อนอายร้อนอันอุ่นอ้าวไว้บนฟ้ากว้าง เรานั่งรวมอยู่ในห้องเรียนวิชาประวัติศาสตร์ที่ถูกดัดแปลงเป็นที่นั่งเล่น อาคารเรียนหลังเดียวเผยตัวเด่นอยู่บนเนิน เงาไม้ใหญ่แผ่คลุม เธอนั่งอยู่ท่ามกลางเด็กผู้หญิงอีกนับสิบ แต่แยกตัวออกมาอยู่กับเด็กหญิงร่างผอมสูง อายุราวสิบสองสิบสามขวบ ทั้งคู่สนุกอยู่กับการเติมแต่งจินตนาการของตัวลงบนแผ่นกระดาษ ขณะที่คนอื่นๆ ทยอยกันลุกไปทานมื้อเที่ยงในโรงอาหารของโรงเรียน
Translation - English
That day was the start of the school year. My friends and I went to survey the waterways in the jungle that are precious sources of water, Phithak told me one day. Gentle sunshine hid heat in the width of the sultry sky. We sat together in the History classroom turned sitting room. The school building stood on the top of a hill, with extensive shade from big trees. She sat in the middle of a dozen other girls but apart from them, by a tall lean girl aged twelve or thirteen. The two of them had fun expressing their imaginations on a sheet of paper while the others got up and went to have lunch in the school refectory.
English to French: Walk on the wild side | Sors des sentiers battus (extrait)
General field: Art/Literary
Source text - English
Holly came from Miami F.L.A
Hitch-hiked her way across the U.S.A
Plucked her eyebrows on the way
Shaved her leg and then he was a she

She says, hey babe, take a walk on the wild side
Said, hey honey, take a walk on the wild side

Candy came from out on the island
In the backroom she was everybody’s darling
But she never lost her head
Even when she was given head

She says, hey babe, take a walk on the wild side
Said, hey babe, take a walk on the wild side
And the coloured girls go
Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo
Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo
Translation - French
Holly venait de Miami en Floride
A traversé les États-Unis en stop
S’est épilé les sourcils en route
Rasé les jambes et pour finir il était elle

Elle dit, hé môme, sors des sentiers battus
Disait, hé chéri, sors des sentiers battus

Candy sortait du fin fond de Long Island
Dans la chambre du fond, tout le monde lui passait dessus
Mais elle a jamais perdu la tête
Même quand on lui taillait une pipe

Elle dit, hé môme, goûte au fruit défendu
Disait, hé chéri, goûte au fruit défendu
Et les filles de couleur d’y aller d’un
Dou, dou-dou, dou, dou- dou, dou-dou…
French to English: Le métèque | The wog (excerpt)
General field: Art/Literary
Source text - French
Avec ma gueule de métèque
De Juif errant, de pâtre grec
Et mes cheveux aux quatre vents
Avec mes yeux tout délavés
Qui me donnent l’air de rêver
Moi qui ne rêve plus souvent
Avec mes mains de maraudeur
De musicien et de rôdeur
Qui ont pillé tant de jardins
Avec ma bouche qui a bu
Qui a embrassé et mordu
Sans jamais assouvir sa faim
Translation - English
With my face of a bloody wog
Wandering Jew or Greek shepherd
And my hair to the four winds
With my eyes all washed-out
That give me the look of a dreamer
I who don’t often dream any longer
With my hands of a petty thief
Of a musician and of a prowler
That have pilfered from so many gardens
With my mouth which has drunk
Which has kissed and which has bitten
Without ever satisfying its hunger

Translation education Master's degree - Universite de Toulouse
Experience Years of experience: 27. Registered at ProZ.com: Dec 2014.
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Software Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office Pro, Microsoft Word, Pagemaker
Website http://www.thaifiction.com
CV/Resume CV available upon request
Bio
Acknowledged foremost literary translator from the Thai into English and into French.

French national, born 1945. Bangkok-based since 1978.

Trained as a French, English and Fine Arts teacher;
24 years as a (mostly freelance) journalist, ending as founder and managing editor of Manager (Thai business fortnightly magazine in English);
21 years as full-time Thai literary translator (thaifiction).

Now diversifying into French-English-French translation, editing, copy editing and proofreading, preferably of literary material.

Latest blog: Chansongs
Keywords: Thai, English, French, literary translation, literary editing, general translation


Profile last updated
Jul 9, 2015



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