Member since Jan '09

Working languages:
Norwegian to English
Danish to English
Swedish to English
Norwegian (Bokmal) to English
Norwegian (Nynorsk) to English

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May 2021

Charles Ek
Your meaning, from your words and mine

Duluth, Minnesota, United States
Local time: 16:53 CDT (GMT-5)

Native in: English Native in English
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This person is a top KudoZ point holder in Norwegian to English, Danish to English, Swedish to English
Account type Freelance translator and/or interpreter, Identity Verified Verified member
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Services Translation, Editing/proofreading
Specializes in:
Law (general)Law: Taxation & Customs
Law: Contract(s)Insurance
Medical: PharmaceuticalsGovernment / Politics
Environment & EcologyGeography
Tourism & Travel

Preferred currency USD
KudoZ activity (PRO) PRO-level points: 2264, Questions answered: 877, Questions asked: 256
Project History 40 projects entered

Portfolio Sample translations submitted: 3
Glossaries Swedish finance
Translation education Bachelor's degree - University of Minnesota -- Scandinavian Languages and Geography (Norwegian as major language)
Experience Years of experience: 12. Registered at Dec 2008. Became a member: Jan 2009. Certified PRO certificate(s)
Credentials Norwegian to English (University of Minnesota, verified)
Norwegian (Bokmal) to English (University of Minnesota, verified)
Norwegian (Nynorsk) to English (University of Minnesota, verified)
Memberships ATA
TeamsScandinavian Language Services
Software Adobe Acrobat, DejaVu, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, OmegaT, MyWorld, NeoOffice, OmegaT,, QuantumGIS, RapidWeaver, Powerpoint
Forum posts 33 forum posts
CV/Resume CV available upon request
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My family roots are in Norway, Sweden, and Finland. My father's mother emigrated from Eidsvoll Verk in Norway, my father's father was a Swedish American, and my mother's parents emigrated from western Finland. I have a B.A. in Scandinavian Languages and Geography and a J.D. cum laude, both from the University of Minnesota. I taught Norwegian for one year at the University while a student and for several years as an adult education instructor in local schools. I worked for several years as a commercial insurance underwriter and then as a corporate risk manager. I practiced law for five years in employment law, environmental law, and criminal defense. Prior to becoming a full-time translator, I was the executive director of a nonprofit organization providing environmental education, environmental service learning, and outdoor recreation programs to local schools.

With the widespread availability of Internet streaming services, I am able to watch and listen to television and radio broadcasts daily from NRK (the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation) and SVT (the Swedish Television Company), as well as read several national and local newspapers from Denmark, Norway and Sweden. This is very helpful in maintaining my language skills and in keeping current on events. As a student I spent a great deal of time reading Norwegian source materials from the era when written Norwegian and written Danish were very similar. This experience makes translating from Danish almost as easy for me as working from Norwegian.

Like many Norwegians, Swedes, and Finns, I have a strong interest in outdoor pursuits. I was a search-and-rescue dog handler for seventeen years, and I am a lifelong nordic skier, canoeist, and backpacker.
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: 2300
PRO-level pts: 2264

Top languages (PRO)
Norwegian to English817
Swedish to English718
Danish to English444
Norwegian (Bokmal) to English253
Norwegian (Nynorsk) to English20
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Top specific fields (PRO)
Construction / Civil Engineering231
Law (general)199
Law: Contract(s)106
Finance (general)106
Medical (general)84
Ships, Sailing, Maritime76
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This user has reported completing projects in the following job categories, language pairs, and fields.

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Total projects40
With client feedback0
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Language pairs
Norwegian to English16
Swedish to English15
Danish to English9
Norwegian (Nynorsk) to English1
Specialty fields
Law: Contract(s)7
Law (general)7
Medical: Pharmaceuticals4
Business/Commerce (general)3
Transport / Transportation / Shipping2
Construction / Civil Engineering2
Real Estate2
Tourism & Travel1
Environment & Ecology1
Other fields
Medical (general)3
Computers (general)2
Computers: Hardware1
Ships, Sailing, Maritime1
Energy / Power Generation1
Computers: Software1
Petroleum Eng/Sci1
Poetry & Literature1
Mechanics / Mech Engineering1
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