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French to English

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December 2018

Sheila Wilson
20 years producing 100% natural English

Corralejo, Canarias, Spain
Local time: 16:43 WET (GMT+0)

Native in: English (Variant: British) Native in English
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Account type Freelance translator and/or interpreter, Identity Verified Verified member Kudoz editor
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Services Translation, Editing/proofreading
Specializes in:
Marketing / Market ResearchTourism & Travel
JournalismAdvertising / Public Relations
Sports / Fitness / RecreationInternational Org/Dev/Coop
Poetry & Literature

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Words translated: 17,189
English - Rates: 30 - 30 EUR per hour
French to English - Rates: 0.12 - 0.12 EUR per word
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Preferred currency EUR
KudoZ activity (PRO) PRO-level points: 1289, Questions answered: 904, Questions asked: 36
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Portfolio Sample translations submitted: 7
Translation education Other - Words Language Service
Experience Years of translation experience: 11. Registered at Jan 2007. Became a member: Jul 2007. Certified PRO certificate(s)
Credentials English (Cambridge ESOL teaching certificate CTEFLa)
French to English (Certificate issued by Words Language Services)
Memberships N/A
Software Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Abbyy PDF Convertor, PerfectIt Pro, Wordfast
Training sessions attended Trainings
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Natural English translations / English revisions / English training / English image (CV, website...)

A 100% native speaker of British English, I spent my first 38 years around London, with a first career in administration and IT. I relocated to France in 1996, via a three-year stopover in the Netherlands where I trained as an EFL teacher. In addition to nearly fifteen years' experience in France as a freelance business English trainer, I qualified as a French to English translator in 2007. In May 2012 I relocated to the almost-idyllic island of Fuerteventura, one of the Canary Islands, where I continue to translate and revise texts.

I specialise in the tourism and hospitality sectors (prime business areas in the south of France and the Canaries), and above all in marketing. My strength lies in my ability to deliver natural English texts that address the culture and lifestyle of the target audience, rather than a straightforward translation of a text designed to appeal to the source-language reader. This is an important requirement in my specialist areas. Those who say marketing translation is "easy" aren't doing the job justice.

My teacher training, coupled with an innate eye for detail, makes me a natural English proofreader and copy-editor specialising in non-native texts. Provided that terminology is not an issue (e.g. where the writer uses English as a working language or the translator is a subject expert), I can polish texts in any subject - they all follow the basic rules of English! I've revised everything from a modern art thesis through the Pope's speeches to a highly technical quantum mechanics article. I act as a quality consultant in two distinct roles: performing a final pre-delivery check of the target text for several agencies; and in my pro bono role with TWB (Translators Without Borders) as an evaluator of FR>EN translator applications (around 200 so far).

I ran a workshop for the French national job centre for over six years, helping over 500 job-seekers from all walks of life with their English-language job applications. This was much more than translation or proofreading: a CV must be localised for its target culture, and few people pay sufficient attention to its content and presentation anyway. Many attendees actually reworked their French CV after the workshop! I'm happy to offer discounted rates for helping fellow translators to polish their own English marketing material - contact me via this profile.

I consider myself to have the ideal personality for the job:
  • I'm perfectly happy working alone at my computer
  • I'm not afraid to shoulder responsibility
  • I have great powers of concentration and love the research side
  • I'm pragmatic enough to understand that business requires on-time and in-budget delivery of a quality product
  • I just love playing with words and hunting down their origins, even when I'm not working, as my long-suffering husband knows only too well!
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Total pts earned: 1571
PRO-level pts: 1289

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French to English805
English to French100
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Business/Commerce (general)132
Education / Pedagogy129
General / Conversation / Greetings / Letters96
Human Resources74
Tourism & Travel65
Cooking / Culinary60
Certificates, Diplomas, Licenses, CVs56
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Mar 19