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French to English
English (monolingual)
Arabic to English

Kristen Canavan
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Feb 16 (posted via  Subtitling an animated series about Homer's epics. FR > ENG ...more, + 4 other entries »
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Account type Freelance translator and/or interpreter
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Services Translation, Transcreation, Editing/proofreading, MT post-editing, Subtitling, Software localization, Language instruction, Native speaker conversation, Transcription
Specializes in:
International Org/Dev/CoopJournalism
Government / PoliticsSocial Science, Sociology, Ethics, etc.
Media / MultimediaAdvertising / Public Relations
Cinema, Film, TV, DramaMusic
Art, Arts & Crafts, PaintingHistory

French to English - Rates: 0.06 - 0.08 USD per word
English - Rates: 0.03 - 0.06 USD per word
Arabic to English - Rates: 0.09 - 0.11 USD per word
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Portfolio Sample translations submitted: 2
Arabic to English: France 24 article
General field: Social Sciences
Detailed field: Government / Politics
Source text - Arabic
يجري الجمعة نقاش في الأمم المتحدة بشأن مشروع قانون الأمن القومي الذي تنوي بكين فرضه في هونغ كونغ. كذلك يعقد الرئيس الأمريكي دونالد ترامب مؤتمرا صحفيا حول الإجراءات التي ستتخذها إدارته حيال الصين. وتأتي هاتان الخطوتان في إطار ضغوط دولية متصاعدة على بكين حيال مشروع القانون المثير للجدل، إذ تتهم دول غربية السلطات الصينية بمحاولة تقييد حريات سكان الجزيرة.
تتصاعد الضغوط الدولية على الصينالجمعة بسبب رغبتها في فرض قانون بشأن الأمن القومي
في هونغ كونغ.

وتتمثل هذه الضغوط في مؤتمر صحفي عقده الرئيس الأمريكي
وبيان للدول الغربية ونقاش في دونالد ترامب
حول الملف الأمم المتحدة

وتقود الولايات المتحدة وبريطانيا وكندا وأستراليا الحملة ضد مشروع القانون الذي يعاقب على الأنشطة الانفصالية "الإرهابية" والتمرد على سلطة الدولة والتدخل الأجنبي في المنطقة الصينية التي تتمتع بحكم شبه ذاتي
وتعتبر هذه الدول أنها طريقة مقنّعة لإسكات المعارضة في هونغ كونغ وتقييد الحريات. الأمر الذي تنفيه الصين بشكل قاطع
Translation - English
The UN held a discussion Friday in relation to a bill on national security which Beijing plans to impose in Hong Kong. Also, U.S. President Donald Trump held a press conference regarding the measures towards China that his administration will put in place. These two steps come in the context of mounting international pressure on Beijing about the controversial bill as Western countries accuse Chinese authorities of trying to restrict the freedoms of the island’s inhabitants.

Pressure on China intensified from the international community Friday over its desire to impose the Hong Kong national security bill. This pressure was evident during the press conference held with American President Donald Trump, in a statement from Western countries, as well as during the UN discussion regarding the file.

The United States, the UK, Canada, and Australia are leading the campaign against the bill which punishes "terrorist" separatist activities, the rebellion against state power, and international interference in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. These countries consider the bill to be a masked approach to silencing the opposition in Hong Kong and to restrict freedoms. The Chinese authorities strongly deny any such thing.
General field: Social Sciences
Detailed field: Government / Politics
Source text - French
Ces enquêtes pourraient être ainsi une des raisons pour lesquelles cette revendication a trouvé un écho positif auprès de nombreux·ses candidat·es. Certain·es n’hésitent plus à en faire une promesse de campagne. Au cours du débat télévisé du 9 septembre 2019, Mehdi Jomaa, Abdelkarim Zbidi et Saïd Aidi se sont effectivement positionnés en faveur de la dépénalisation du cannabis et ont accepté de répondre aux questions de “Hezb el Warka” sur ce sujet.

Grâce aux instituts de sondage, ces candidat·es savent qu’une telle annonce peut aider à conquérir une partie de l’électorat. Durant la campagne, la publication des enquêtes est interdite mais les commandes se multiplient. Celles et ceux qui en ont les moyens n’hésitent pas à débourser plusieurs dizaines de milliers de dinars pour pouvoir organiser leur stratégie de communication.
Translation - English
These surveys could help explain why this advocacy group is receiving positive feedback from numerous candidates. Some no longer hesitate to pledge their support for the campaign. During the televised debate on September 9, 2019, Mehdi Jomaa, Abdelkarim Zbidi, and Said Aidi openly considered the decriminalization of cannabis and agreed to respond to questions from Hezb el Warka (In English: Rolling Paper Party)on the subject.

Thanks to polling institutes, these candidates know that such a public claim could help them gain a new segment of the electoral pool. Throughout the campaign period, pollsters are forbidden from releasing any survey results; nonetheless, requests for surveys continue to increase. Those who have the means do not hesitate to spend tens of thousands of dinars in order to better inform their communication strategies.

Translation education Bachelor's degree - Western Michigan University
Experience Years of experience: 4. Registered at Nov 2018. Became a member: May 2020. Certified PRO certificate(s) N/A
Credentials French to English (BA, French - Western Michigan University, verified)
Arabic to English ( MA, Modern Middle Eastern and North African Studies - University of Michigan)
Arabic to English (University of Michigan)
Memberships N/A
Software Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Aegisub, CafeTran Espresso, Indesign, memoQ, Microsoft Word, OmegaT, Powerpoint, Smartcat
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I provide reliable translations and subtitling from French or Arabic to English. I also edit texts written in or translated to English.  


I began learning French as an adolescent who felt naturally drawn to the richness of French and Francophone culture. As a college student, I began to study Arabic as a personal challenge. I honed my linguistic skills while completing my master’s thesis by conducting extensive field research in Arabic and French to investigate state-sanctioned secularism in religious education curricula through the lens of the anthropology of religion. 

I have spent extensive time living abroad and traveling throughout the Mediterranean, which has allowed me to use French and Arabic daily in both my personal and professional life. Before taking up translation full-time, I spent two years as a communications consultant in the international non-profit sector. I have experience translating in the following domains:

Journalism (televised interviews, interview transcripts, questionnaires, op-ed articles)
Academia (sociology, political science, anthropology, international relations)
Marketing communications (promotional videos, press releases, website content, product descriptions)
Art/Culture (music/song lyrics, artist bios, exhibition catalogues, comic book scripts, screenplays)
Business (general legal contracts, emails, Terms and Conditions)
General documentation (Birth certificates, CVs, marriage certificates)


I hold a BA in French with honors from Western Michigan University and an MA in Modern Middle Eastern and North African Studies from the University of Michigan. Between 2014-2016, I completed intensive language courses in France (Besançon), Jordan (Madaba), and Tunisia (Tunis)


Mon domaine de compétence concerne la traduction de document ou de sous-titrages du français à l’anglais et de l’arabe à l’anglais. Je suis également capable de faire la révision de textes rédigés ou traduits en anglais.

Dès l’adolescence j’ai été attiré par la richesse de la culture française et francophone, ce qui m’a encouragé à apprendre et à étudier cette langue. Mon intérêt pour l’arabe s’est développé plus tard, en tant qu’étudiante, apprendre cette langue est apparus comme un défi personnel que je me devais de relever. Mes compétences linguistiques dans ses langues ont ensuite été amplement approfondie lors de mes études de master et plus précisément durant ma phase de recherche pour l’écriture de mon mémoire. Le sujet de mon mémoire portait sur la façon dont la laïcité peut être un outil utilisé par les États pour réglementer l'expérience et la compréhension des citoyens en termes de concepts religieux et pour, potentiellement, limiter les mauvaises pratiques. Je me suis particulièrement intéressé à l’étude islamique dans les écoles publiques en Tunisie, qu’on nomme «Tarbiyya Islamiyya », ma compréhension de la langue française et de l’arabe, tant littéraire que dialectal, ont été un avantage considérable. J’ai fait plusieurs voyages en Tunisie et j’ai ainsi pu lire, comprendre et étudier la littérature locale sur le sujet tout en conduisant de nombreux entretiens avec la population locale. Après l’obtention de mon master j’ai continué à faire plusieurs voyages en Tunisie, en Europe et de manière générale, autour du bassin Méditerranéen, qui m’ont permis de développer et d’enrichir davantage mes connaissances et ma pratique de l’arabe et du français, tant dans ma vie professionnelle que personnelle.

Avant de me lancer dans le métier de la traduction à temps-plein, j'ai été consultante en communication pendant deux ans dans le milieu associatif international. J'ai eu l’occasion d’y développer une expérience solide et pratique de la traduction dans les domaines suivants :

Journalisme (interviews télévisées, transcriptions d'interviews, questionnaires, articles d'opinion)

Articles academiques (la sociologie, les sciences politiques, l'anthropologie, les relations internationals)

Communications/marketing (vidéos promotionnelles, communiqués de presse, contenu de sites web)

Entreprises (contrats généraux, courriels, contrats de location, conditions générales)

Art/Culture (paroles de musique, biographies d'artistes, scénarios de bandes dessinées)

Documentation générale (certificats de naissance, curriculum vitae)

Je détiens une licence en langue française avec distinction de la Western Michigan University et une maitrise en études Modernes du Moyen-Orient et de l'Afrique du Nord de l'université́ du Michigan. Entre 2014 à 2016, j'ai suivi des cours intensifs de langues en France à Besançon, en Jordanie à Madaba et en Tunisie à Tunis.

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Arabic to English4
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Media / Multimedia3
International Org/Dev/Coop2
Advertising / Public Relations1
Social Science, Sociology, Ethics, etc.1
Government / Politics1
Cinema, Film, TV, Drama1
Other fields
Poetry & Literature1
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