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French to English: Short story extract General field: Art/Literary Detailed field: Poetry & Literature
Source text - French J’ai hésité sur la meilleure manière d’installer ma mère. Le bon angle était-il dans le prolongement de la rue ou face à la place ? Même en l’asseyant de profil, elle tournerait toujours le dos à des clients potentiels. J’ai regretté brièvement de ne pouvoir la faire pivoter sur elle-même comme ces objets chic dans les devantures de luxe. Ma mère attendait patiemment, agrippée à son sac, les yeux braqués sur moi. J’ai sorti de la voiture son fauteuil favori et, en m’arrangeant pour ne pas croiser son regard, je l’ai aidée à s’asseoir. Avec discrétion, j’ai accroché un panneau de carton sur le dossier en velours fatigué. J’y avais écrit : Mille cinq cents euros, siège compris. Je dépareillais ainsi la paire qui perdrait de sa valeur, mais c’était inévitable. J’ai toujours vu ma mère assise dans celui-ci, je n’imaginais ni l’en priver ni prendre place le soir face à lui et le trouver vide.
Translation - English I wasn’t sure of the best way to show off my mother, whether it would be better to have her facing the road or towards the square. Even if I tried placing her sideways, she would turn her back on potential clients anyway. I wished for a moment that I had thought of a revolving platform like you see in window displays for luxury items. My mother waited patiently clutching her handbag with her eyes fixed on me. I got her favourite armchair out of the car, and making sure not to catch her eye, I helped her into it. I then discreetly placed a cardboard sign on the frayed velvet back. On it I’d written: One thousand five hundred euros, armchair included. Of course, selling just one armchair would devalue the pair but that was unavoidable. My mother always sat in that one and I couldn’t imagine depriving her of it, nor of having it staring me in the face, empty, in the evenings.
Bachelor's degree - Dublin City University
Registered at ProZ.com: Mar 2018. Became a member: Mar 2018.
I grew up in Ireland where I earned a BA (Hons) in Applied Languages (French and German) at Dublin City University. I also qualified as a TEFL teacher, and taught English in several countries including Ireland, France, Austria, and Japan.
My work experience, over a twenty-year career, extends to fields such as travel and tourism, telemarketing, and business administration, as well as teaching. During this time, I worked for six years in Equant Network Services, Dublin (telecommunications, billing) where I led a team of administrators, and managed French customers and accounts. In 2004, I moved to the beautiful Gers department in SW France, and taught English in primary schools.
I achieved an MA in creative writing by distance learning in 2016. I also attended the British Centre for Literary Translation summer school at UEA, with award-winning translator, Daniel Hahn, and have published translations of poetry and short stories. My own stories have also appeared in literary journals. I compiled the Gascony Writers Anthology 2016, which honed my editing and proofreading skills.
My strengths lie in my French linguistic and cultural knowledge, and in my ability to write clear, precise English.
I currently volunteer in a local association that focuses on creating links between members of the community.
Native English speaker
BA in Applied Languages
MA in Creative Writing
Editor of the Gascony Writers Anthology 2016
20 years professional experience
High linguistic proficiency and cultural understanding
I look forward to working with you.
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