Member since Sep '09

Working languages:
German to English
French to English
English (monolingual)

Clive Phillips
Defence/military specialist translator

United Kingdom
Local time: 04:56 BST (GMT+1)

Native in: English (Variant: British) Native in English
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35 years in UK Ministry of Defence
Account type Freelance translator and/or interpreter, Identity Verified Verified member
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Services Translation, Editing/proofreading
Specializes in:
International Org/Dev/CoopGovernment / Politics
Military / Defense

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Words translated: 11,808
German to English - Rates: 0.10 - 0.14 EUR per word
French to English - Rates: 0.09 - 0.13 EUR per word
Preferred currency GBP
KudoZ activity (PRO) PRO-level points: 232, Questions answered: 166, Questions asked: 3
Blue Board entries made by this user  4 entries

Payment methods accepted Wire transfer, PayPal, PayPal
Portfolio Sample translations submitted: 1
Translation education Master's degree - University of Oxford
Experience Years of experience: 48. Registered at Aug 2009. Became a member: Sep 2009. Certified PRO certificate(s) N/A
Credentials German to English (United Kingdom: Univ of Oxford, verified)
French to English (United Kingdom: Univ of Oxford, verified)
Memberships N/A
Software Wordfast
CV/Resume CV available upon request but see 'Bio' below.
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Professional practices Clive Phillips endorses's Professional Guidelines.
'If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.' - Nelson Mandela.
In this 11-minute clip, discover more about translation and interpreting, and why you usually need a human translator rather than Google Translate:

Professional translator (German to English; French to English) delivering highly usable translations in accurate, flowing and idiomatic English.
What really motivates me is building bridges of understanding.

Defence and Military.
Government, Politics and International Relations.

MA in Modern Languages (French and German) at Oriel College, University of Oxford.

"Durch Ihre Hilfe haben wir einiges vorangebracht und viele Herausforderungen gemeistert. Dafür möchte ich mich bei Ihnen, persönlich und im Namen meiner Firma, bedanken. Ich schätze Ihre Arbeit sehr und freue mich darauf mit Ihnen weitere Herausforderungen zu meistern."
"Je vous remercie mille fois pour votre aide !"
"Again, thank you for your great contribution to this project."
"A big thank you for this high-quality translation. We were very happy with the result and it's obvious that you have a certain knowledge of the humanitarian field. Many thanks for your support."

Over 35 years in UK Ministry of Defence service, including
- 21 years as in-house technical translator, translations/interpreting outsourcer and translator team leader,
- 14 years in military estate policy and negotiations, injury/damage claims policy and casework, WMD-related export controls, frigate project support,
- 12 years in Germany supporting the British Forces,
- 4 years as French-English military conference interpreter.

Freelance translator since April 2009. Professional indemnity insurance with £1M cover from Towergate. Security clearance.

Unique blend of skills and experience. Track record of integrity, confidentiality, accuracy and painstaking research. Close knowledge of German regional government and military administration.

European Computer Driving Licence. Trinity certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
Lecteur d'anglais at Lycée Arago, Perpignan - 1 year.
Chief Translator with French, US and UK Forces in the Allied Staff in Berlin - 4 years.
British Forces negotiator in Hannover for estate procurement/management and damage/injury claims in Niedersachsen and Schleswig-Holstein - 8 years.

Buying a translation? Sound advice from the ex-President of the American Translators Association:
Buying a translation

Warning: The real cost of poor translation.(thanks to John Bunch)
What price might your brand, your company, and your image pay for poor cheap translation ?
• Customers read your text and are confused. Result: they don't buy your product
• Customers read your text and laugh. Result: your brand is put in a bad light.
• Customers are confused and call your hotline. Result: you end up paying more right now (hotline resources used), but also long-term (an unsatisfied customer).
• Your brand looks amateurish.
• Customers use your product and damage results. Result: lawsuits against you, and in the worst case, criminal prosecutions.
• Customers read your text, and it is ok, but it looks as if it was written by a non-native speaker. Result: your company and your brand look provincial, and not international.
These are the potential prices that companies pay for poor cheap translation. The sad thing is that many of these are invisible to you and your company.
In short: you see the money you save by hiring cheap translators. What you don't see is the customer who didn't buy your product because he was confused by, or put off by your text.
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: 256
PRO-level pts: 232

Top languages (PRO)
German to English154
French to English78
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Social Sciences16
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Construction / Civil Engineering19
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