Member since Dec '06

Working languages:
English to Portuguese
Portuguese to English
Swedish to Portuguese
Portuguese to Swedish
Italian to Portuguese

Helena Grahn

United Kingdom
Local time: 15:44 BST (GMT+1)

Native in: Portuguese Native in Portuguese, English Native in English
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I have a MA in translating and interpreting with English & Portuguese as majors. Live currently in the UK, where I work from home as a telephone interpreter from and into English, using the following languages: Italian, Portuguese and Swedish. Lived 18 years in Sweden and have College degree as a medical secretary, which gives me a lot of knowledge in medical terminology. Translate also technical and medical texts.

I have been a multilingual freelance translator for the last 30 years. I started translating during my graduation in Translating & Interpreting with English and Portuguese as major subjects.

I am able to translate around 15,000 - 20,000 words a week, and to edit/proofread around 40,000 words a week.

The OS I currently use is WINDOWS 10, Chrome, WORD, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher 2010, Adobe Acrobat 8.0, TRADOS STUDIO 2015.


1979 - now: Freelance English / Portuguese translator, in the following fields:
- Finance and Banking;
- Engineering;
- Medical;
- Economics;
- Software Localization;
- Web sites;
- Business Administration;
- Computing;
- Marketing;
- Humanities;
- Social Sciences, etc.
2006 - now : F/T interpreter & translator on free lancing basis.
2001 - 2006: Customer Services Technician, giving network/hardware/software support in their native languages to countries, such as Italy, Sweden, UK (based in the UK at Fujitsu Services)
1999 - 2001: Medical secretary at the Huddinge University Hospital (based in Stockholm, Sweden)
1998 - 1999: Research secretary in Oncology at Karolinska Institute (based in Stockholm, Sweden)
1994 - 1996: Ticket agent at Academic Travels (based in Stockholm, Sweden)
1992 - 1994: PA to Office Manager at Kenya Airways (based in Stockholm, Sweden)


1997 - 1998: College degree as a Medical Secretary (Komvux - Stockholm, Sweden)
1997: A level in Swedish language and literature (Norrkoping, Swedish)
1991 - 1992: NVQIII in Admin, Economics and IT (Stockholm, Sweden)
1981 - 1982: Certificate of Studies in Portuguese and English (Ibero-Americana University, Sao Paulo, Brazil)
1979 - 1982: MA in Translation & Interpreting (Ibero-Americana, Sao Paulo, Brazil)


English: University of Cambridge (England)
French: CEPAL (Alliance Francaise)
German: Deutsch als Fremdesprache Diplom (Goethe Institut, Staufen, Germany)
Dutch: Basic learnings (Maastricht, Holland)
Italian: A level (Dante Alighieri School)
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: 859
PRO-level pts: 857

Top languages (PRO)
English to Portuguese268
Italian to English193
Portuguese to English140
English to Swedish111
Swedish to English86
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Medical (general)123
Law (general)64
Finance (general)50
Mechanics / Mech Engineering45
Law: Contract(s)35
Business/Commerce (general)32
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Keywords: simultaneous interpreter, consecutive interpreter, telephone interpreter, Brazilian Portuguese, Portuguese, Swedish, English, medical, business, pharmaceutical, legal, marketing, IT, software, hardware, network

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