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Working languages:
German to English

The True Meaning

Wangelnstedt, Niedersachsen, Germany
Local time: 21:03 CEST (GMT+2)

Native in: English (Variant: UK) 
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Services Translation, Interpreting, Editing/proofreading, Website localization, Software localization, Transcription
Specializes in:
Automotive / Cars & TrucksEngineering: Industrial
Computers: Systems, NetworksArt, Arts & Crafts, Painting
Forestry / Wood / TimberJournalism
Materials (Plastics, Ceramics, etc.)Management
Marketing / Market ResearchOther

Preferred currency EUR
Portfolio Sample translations submitted: 4
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Software Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office Pro, Microsoft Word, OmegaT, SDL TRADOS
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You could say I´ve been translating all my life. I was born in the Netherlands and moved with my family to the UK at the age of 9. As soon as I got to school, I´d be asked "How do you say........ in Dutch?" It quickly became boring though! When my Grandparents moved over a few years later, I spent a lot of my time translating for them as they had no English; mind you that didn´t stop my Grandmother getting a good deal at the local greengrocers.

After a public school education on the south coast of England I joined the British Army and met my wife whilst stationed in Germany. Although I had some school German and the slight advantage of my Dutch language background, it was still a challenge to make myself understood, especially as I tended to speak with a Dutch accent, confusing many of the locals.

My wife and I moved to Northern Ireland in the late 80´s and I changed career as a service technician. Like many of you who have ever tried to work out what the instruction manual of your new gadget is trying to say, I also found that it is sometimes easier to go back to the source language and translate the details of how a particular machine operates.

19 years and two children later and another move, this time to Germany. This was the time when I had to get down to learning the language properly. Integration is, in my opinion, the key to learning any language. Apart from the day-to-day German, I also had to deal with Amtsdeutsch, the civil service German that even the ordinary German folk don´t always understand. Several weeks of courses for the Volunteer fire brigade made for an interesting addition to my German language skills.

It was then time to move into the German job market as a service technician in the light engineering field, and as with any specialty, yet another change in vocabulary . After travelling the world, installing and repairing machinery, it was time to put my language abilities to a more specific use. I set myself up as a freelance translator with the language pair of German into English. Support is everything and it is fantastic that my wife (as a native German speaker) is able to review and wheedle out the nuances that every language has.

Profile last updated
Jul 11, 2016

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