Working languages:
French to English
Russian to English
Spanish to English

Paul Hirsh
The Human Translator

Local time: 02:20 CET (GMT+1)

Native in: English 
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Account type Freelance translator and/or interpreter, Identity Verified Verified site user
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Services Translation, Editing/proofreading, Website localization
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Art, Arts & Crafts, PaintingGeneral / Conversation / Greetings / Letters
Poetry & LiteratureSlang

French to English - Rates: 0.07 - 0.09 EUR per word / 22 - 30 EUR per hour
Russian to English - Rates: 0.12 - 0.14 EUR per word / 22 - 30 EUR per hour
Spanish to English - Rates: 0.06 - 0.08 EUR per word / 22 - 30 EUR per hour
Japanese to English - Rates: 0.06 - 0.07 EUR per character / 22 - 30 EUR per hour
Chinese to English - Rates: 0.06 - 0.07 EUR per character / 22 - 30 EUR per hour

KudoZ activity (PRO) PRO-level points: 652, Questions answered: 701, Questions asked: 228
Payment methods accepted Send a payment via ProZ*Pay
Portfolio Sample translations submitted: 12
Experience Years of experience: 63. Registered at May 2005. Certified PRO certificate(s) N/A
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Software AutoCAD, Microsoft Word, Adobe Indesign, Flash, HTML and Javascript editing, Microsoft Word, Rhinoceros, Sibelius 4
CV/Resume CV available upon request
Contests won Third Translation Contest: Russian to English
1st Annual Translation Contest: Chinese to English
1st Annual Translation Contest: French to English
Professional practices Paul Hirsh endorses's Professional Guidelines (v1.1).
Traduire du français vers l'anglais, c'est aussi facile que transformer une tarte aux cerises en rôti de bœuf - sans perdre le goût. Dès qu'il y aura un logiciel pour faire ça, je prendrai ma retraite.

End clients include Patek Philippe, Cartier and other high end watch brands, Movment magazine, the Centre Pompidou, the 104, Musée du Quai Branly, Toulouse-Lautrec museum, Picasso museum at Vallauris, Festivals and Tourist Offices from all over France, the Quebec fair, PPR Group and a host of artists and cultural institutions.

Born in 1948, I started learning French, Spanish, Russian and German alongside the obligatory Latin and Greek at school, and pursued the Russian and French at New College, Oxford. I also started a course in Chinese and Japanese at SOAS. I then worked for a year as in-house Japanese to English translator at C.Itoh Trading Company in London. As a musician in a Brazilian band I absorbed Portuguese. I have always been greedy for foreign languages, but some I can forget as quickly as I learnt them. One of the many rejection letters earned by my four unpublished novels praises my seldom-seen flair for writing English, for what that's worth. For the last 18 years I have been resident in Spain (where I became an honorary Catalan) and France. I have taught music in three languages but thanks to I made the switch to freelance translating, which keeps me busy full time. You can find out about me (and see my paintings) on my website In between translating jobs I am using 3d technology and rapid prototyping to develop the perfect panpipe for jazz - which you can buy on Shapeways.

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Total pts earned: 814
PRO-level pts: 652

Top languages (PRO)
French to English246
English to French196
Chinese to English139
Spanish to English44
Russian to English12
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Social Sciences46
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General / Conversation / Greetings / Letters121
Business/Commerce (general)50
Poetry & Literature47
Art, Arts & Crafts, Painting31
Government / Politics28
Photography/Imaging (& Graphic Arts)20
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Keywords: haute horlogerie, watchmaking, luxury watches, watches, montres, art translation, contemporary art, modern art, art moderne, art contemporain, traductions musique, music translation, modern music, musique contemporaine, lutherie, musicology, music internet, literature translation, dialogue, dialog, film scripts, scénarios, screenplay, guitar, jazz, littérature enfantine, LEJ, children's books, contemporary art reviews, translate your novel, traduire roman, review translation,

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Jul 20, 2016

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