Member since Jun '07

Working languages:
Indonesian to English
English to Indonesian

Ian Forbes
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Paraparaumu, New Zealand
Local time: 06:59 NZDT (GMT+13)

Native in: English Native in English
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One of the best
Account type Freelance translator and/or interpreter, Identity Verified Verified member
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Services Translation, Interpreting, Editing/proofreading
Specializes in:
Government / PoliticsReligion
Law (general)

KudoZ activity (PRO) PRO-level points: 747, Questions answered: 382, Questions asked: 6
Portfolio Sample translations submitted: 3
Experience Years of experience: 20. Registered at Mar 2007. Became a member: Jun 2007.
Credentials Indonesian to English (New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters, verified)
Memberships N/A
Software Adobe Acrobat, memoQ, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Powerpoint
CV/Resume English (DOC)
Contests won Third Translation Contest: Indonesian to English
11th translation contest: Indonesian to English
Professional practices Ian Forbes endorses's Professional Guidelines (v1.0).
Untuk penjelasan singkat dalam Bahasa Indonesia, harap lihat bagian akhir.

• MA (Hons) in Indonesian Language and Literature, University of Auckland 1979

• Frequent consultant at LOMS & Associates (Indonesian Translation company), c1990-1999
• Translator & proofreader for the Translation Service (New Zealand Government translation company), c 2001 – present (this has involved gaining a security clearance)
• Frequent translation for Indonesian Embassy in Wellington (July 2002 – December 2014) (I worked there :)
• Clear and accurate
• Appropriate level of language for the end user of the translation
• Excellent research skills

Current Rates
Full translations:
Translation ordered from outside New Zealand :10-12 cents US per source word
Translation ordered in New Zealand : 15-18 cents NZ per source word

Template translations:
(New Zealand only) $30 for birth certificates, police clearance letters (SKCK), marriage certificates, identity cards (KTP), degree certificates (if no transcript is included).   Approved by the NZTA (New Zealand Transport Agency) to translate Indonesian driver licences.

• Frequent interpreting in Jakarta 1987-1999
• Simultaneous interpreting for Australia – Indonesia Doping Workshop, Jakarta 1999
• Interpreting assignments for Indonesian Embassy in Wellington including interpreting for Komisi XI DPRRI (Indonesian House of Representatives Budget Committee) and Badan Pemeriksa Keuangan (Supreme Audit Agency)

Legal Translation
Legal translation is one of my specialities. It is especially important to "get it right" with legal translation. As part of my resources I have compiled a large glossary of Indonesian legal terms and their English translation (currently 18 pages) which I add to occasionally when I come across a new term. This has involved a lot a research into the best translation for difficult terms such as “jaminan sita”, “tergugat rekonpensi”, “putusan verstek” etc.

English to Indonesian translation
Ideally a translator should translate into his or her native language, but there are limits to this (maybe you have heard the true story of the translator translating “He’s a Vietnam vet.” into their native language as “He’s a veterinarian from Vietnam.”). I am happy to do English to Indonesian translation and indeed am used by the Translation Service in Wellington to vet potential Indonesian translators. I would be most useful in translating English to Indonesian where accuracy is essential.

• Taught Bahasa Indonesia at Kelston Boys High School, Auckland 1983 – 1986
• Lived in Jakarta 1987 – 1999, taught and wrote in Bahasa Indonesia
• Taught Bahasa Indonesia at Indonesian Embassy, Wellington 2006, 2007
• Worked at the Indonesian Embassy, Wellington from July 2002 to December 2014 as a local staff member engaged in political reporting, economic research, translating (both directions), interpreting (both directions), proofreading etc.
• Tutored a number of individuals
• Speak & write fluent Bahasa Indonesia

• Meskipun bukan penutur asli saya merasa mampu untuk juga menerjemahkan dari bahasa Inggris ke dalam bahasa Indonesia, terutama dari segi ketepatan.
• Kalau Anda sampai kepada halaman profil ini karena mencari suatu istilah melalui Google, harap klik tanda "+" di samping kata "Portfolio" (barangkali Anda dapat menemukan terjemahan istilah tersebut di situ).
• Kalau Anda ingin menghubungi saya untuk menanyakan masalah penerjemahan, silahkan klik di gambar amplop atau di gambar huruf "P" di sampingnya.
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: 782
PRO-level pts: 747

Top languages (PRO)
English to Indonesian403
Indonesian to English344
Top general fields (PRO)
Social Sciences59
Pts in 4 more flds >
Top specific fields (PRO)
General / Conversation / Greetings / Letters96
Law: Contract(s)80
Cinema, Film, TV, Drama76
Law (general)58
Construction / Civil Engineering48
Automotive / Cars & Trucks36
Government / Politics28
Pts in 34 more flds >

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Profile last updated
Sep 27, 2020

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