Working languages:
English to Norwegian
Spanish to Norwegian

Gjert Hermansen
Cultural awareness & common sense!

Bergen, Hordaland, Norway

Native in: Norwegian Native in Norwegian
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I am a social and creative person who loves languages and linguistics, politics and political science, teaching and music. In the coming years I will do my MA degree in Spanish and Latin American studies at the University of Bergen, from where I also have my BA degree of Political Science, a one year program (undergraduate) of Spanish and Latin American studies, a one year program (undergraduate) of Psychology, a one year professional program of Practical Pedagogy (Teacher Education Programme), and half a one year program of English (which I plan on completing while doing my MA degree). At the same time, I'm trying to use my language skills through taking jobs as a freelance translator – mostly from English to Norwegian, but also from Spanish to Norwegian.

Although I have no formal translation education, and little experience in the field, I regard myself as highly capable of producing excellent translations from English and Spanish to Norwegian. All my life I have been very fond of languages, and I have an analytical, conscious and reflective relationship with them. In middle school and high school I studied French for six years, and didn't start studying Spanish until the spring of 2013, but now I consider myself fluent, without ever having stayed in a Spanish speaking country for more than three weeks at a time. I still understand a decent amount of French, and could probably manage translating from it into Norwegian and English, but I wouldn't say I am fluent. During the spring semester of 2012, I studied as an exchange student at UC Berkeley, where all classes and curricula were in English. I like to read, and have read a lot of literature both in Norwegian and English – while studying English I read and analyzed lots of both classical and modern English literature and poetry. Through my studies of English and Spanish, I have also learned much about phonetics, phonology, transcription, and, of course, grammar.

I have also been working as a substitute teacher (mostly Spanish and Social Sciences), as a barista and salesperson at an organic bakery, café and sandwich bar, as a personal assistant for a physically handicapped lawyer, and as an assistant at a respite care facility for multi disabled children – all in my hometown of Bergen, Norway. In the fall of 2012, I volunteered as a journalist for Bergen's biggest, and Norway's second biggest, student newspaper, Studvest ( In addition, I use as much time as I can on nurturing my other great passion: music. I play, sing and write songs in various bands and projects of widely different genres – in different languages and on different instruments – and have as a goal to release at least one excellent album with each of them (with some bands, we already have some releases), and play lots of concerts.

I also love to travel, and have visited many countries all over Europe, as well as Peru, Uganda, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Egypt, Israel, Jordan and the US, enjoying getting to know their cultures, societies, history, geography – and whatever I can learn of their languages. (I always try to learn the local words for 'thank you' and 'friend' as soon as I visit a new country, because I find it so much easier connecting with its people when I can say these words in their own tongue!)

Together with this interest of different countries and its peoples, and my creative, artistic and social personality, I think my range of academic merits and extensive work experience provide me with versatile and solid knowledge of different aspects of the world. This enhances both my cultural awareness and my common sense, which in turn is something that, I believe, greatly benefits both my general language skills and my abilities as a translator.

Profile last updated
Dec 2, 2015

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