Member since Dec '09

Working languages:
Spanish to English
Swedish to English

Cynthia Coan
Also a book indexer.

Tucson, AZ, United States
Local time: 02:51 MST (GMT-7)

Native in: English Native in English
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Account type Freelance translator and/or interpreter
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Services Translation, Editing/proofreading
Specializes in:
Medical (general)Medical: Health Care
Law (general)History
General / Conversation / Greetings / Letters

Spanish to English - Standard rate: 0.12 USD per word / 30 USD per hour
Swedish to English - Standard rate: 0.12 USD per word / 30 USD per hour
Preferred currency USD
KudoZ activity (PRO) PRO-level points: 175, Questions answered: 223, Questions asked: 80
Blue Board entries made by this user  7 entries

Payment methods accepted PayPal
Portfolio Sample translations submitted: 5
Glossaries CJC Glossary
Translation education Other - New York University
Experience Years of experience: 14. Registered at Oct 2006. Became a member: Dec 2009. Certified PRO certificate(s) N/A
Credentials Swedish to English (United States: Private Lessons)
Spanish to English (University of Arizona)
Spanish to English (New York University - School of Continuing and Professional Studies)
Memberships ATA, National Council on Interpreting in Health Care
Software memoQ, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Adobe Contribute, Adobe Photo Deluxe, Powerpoint, SDL TRADOS, Wordfast
CV/Resume CV available upon request
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Language Background


Work Experience

  • Spanish-English translator, 2007 – present. Translated items to date include patient records, drug studies, articles, and book excerpts.
  • Abstractor of Spanish-language materials covering political and social sciences, July 2009.
  • Information desk volunteer 1 day/week at local hospital, May 2008 – Feb. 2009. Assisted both English- and Spanish-speaking patients with paperwork, obtained information and identification from English- and Spanish-speaking visitors, explained visiting policies to speakers of both languages, and provided directions as needed.
  • Library volunteer 1 day/week at local community college, Jan. 2005 – Apr. 2008. Library users I assisted included native Spanish speakers, sometimes with limited English knowledge.
  • Library specialist at university library, Apr. - June 2003. Assisted in retrospective cataloging of special collection materials, including Spanish and other foreign language titles. Strong emphasis on Arizona, U.S. southwest and Mexico.
  • Librarian at museum library, 1988 - 2002. Organized library collection that included Spanish-language print materials. Translated occasional Spanish-language correspondence.


  • Spanish to English translation certificate, New York University, May 2012.
  • Spanish to English legal translation, level I (online course), New York University, Spr. 2012.
  • Spanish to English medical translation, level I (online course), New York University, Sum. 2009.
  • Spanish to English medical translation, level II (online course), New York University. Spr. 2011.
  • Spanish to English technical translation (online course), New York University. Sum. 2010. Coursework included Spanish-language research paper on telemedicine.
  • B.A. Minor: University of Arizona, 1984.


Work Experience

  • Swedish-English translator, 2007 – present. Translated items to date include patient records, patents, and drug studies literature.
  • Abstractor of Swedish-language articles covering political science, sociology, and library science, Feb. – June 2009.
  • Correspondence with Swedish relatives, including translations of Swedish letters into English, 1991 - present.
  • Oversaw aviation library collection, 1988 - 2002. Organized, cataloged and indexed materials that included Swedish-language monographs and serials.

Past and Continuing Education

  • Private lessons taught by native speaker of Swedish, 1991 - 1996.
  • Listen to Swedish-language radio, including Stockholm Idag news program.
  • Have received Vasa Star (Swedish American bimonthly magazine) since early 1990s. Swedish language segments and Swedish lesson featured in each issue.

Subject Background

Health and Medicine

  • Translated texts include patient records, drug studies, articles and book excerpts.
  • Have indexed health and medical titles, including works published by Elsevier, a major U.S. medical publisher.
  • Worked with hospital library collections and subject matter, 2003 - 2004.
  • National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC). Member since Oct. 2006.
  • Southern Arizona Biomedical Librarians (SABL). Member since 2003.
  • Medical reference works used include Davi-Ellen Chabner's Language of Medicine, 6th ed. and Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary.

  • Translation of microbiology lab operating procedures.
  • Indexed biosciences works include title on honeybees.
  • Reference works include Penguin Dictionary of Biology and Ignacio Redondo's Apicultura o tratado de las abejas y sus labores.

Veterinary Medicine
  • Facebook following of Adopciones y Amantes de los gatos Hermosillo, a Mexico-based organization (Hermosillo, Sonora) that promotes responsible cat care and places cats for adoption.

  • Civil law: Aviation law, certificates (birth, marriage, etc.); contracts, power of attorney, wills.
  • Criminal law: Court case summaries.
  • Patent translation covering areas of health/medicine and transportation.
  • Reference works include Black's Law Dictionary.

  • Online technical translation course coverage included content on brakes, ignition, and tire manufacture.
  • Reference works include Larry W. Carley’s Do-It-Yourself Car Care and John Dinkel’s Road and Track Illustrated Automotive Dictionary.

Information Technology/Telecommunications
  • Translated texts deal with computers and telecommunications industry.
  • Reference works include Einar Engstrom's Swedish-English/English-Swedish Technical Dictionary, 4th ed.

Library Science
  • Full-time librarian, 1988 - 2002.
  • Master's in Library Science, University of Arizona, 1987.

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Arizona, 1984.

Aviation and Space Flight History
  • Oversaw aviation library collection, 1988 - 2002.
This user has earned KudoZ points by helping other translators with PRO-level terms. Click point total(s) to see term translations provided.

Total pts earned: 179
PRO-level pts: 175

Top languages (PRO)
Swedish to English143
Spanish to English28
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Medical (general)64
Medical: Health Care33
Automotive / Cars & Trucks20
General / Conversation / Greetings / Letters19
Government / Politics15
Law (general)12
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Keywords: health information, medical translating, history, history of medicine, librarianship, indexing, social sciences, traducciones, salud, medicina, historia, biblioteconomía, índices, sociología, översättningar, hälsoupplysningar, medicin, bibliotekariebefattning, indexering, sociologi

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Mar 28, 2019

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