Member since Nov '05

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French to English
English (monolingual)

Karen Tkaczyk
PhD Chemist, translating since 2005

United States
Local time: 10:19 MDT (GMT-6)

Native in: English (Variants: British, US) Native in English
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Translating and editing chemical texts since 2005
Account type Freelance translator and/or interpreter, Identity Verified Verified member
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Services Translation, Editing/proofreading
Specializes in:
Chemistry; Chem Sci/EngMedical: Pharmaceuticals
PatentsCosmetics, Beauty
Science (general)

French to English - Rates: 0.16 - 0.25 USD per word / 65 - 80 USD per hour
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KudoZ activity (PRO) PRO-level points: 883, Questions answered: 419, Questions asked: 71
Payment methods accepted Wire transfer, Check, PayPal
Experience Years of experience: 16. Registered at Oct 2005. Became a member: Nov 2005.
Credentials French to English (American Translators Association)
English (Society for Technical Communication: Fundamentals )
French to English (Institute of Translation and Interpreting)
Memberships ATA, Nevada Interpreters and Translators Association, NCTA
Software Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, SDL TRADOS
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Services: Freelance translation from a PhD Chemist, FITI, ATA-Certified for French to English. I pride myself on producing high quality technical writing that won't read like a translation. That is only possible when translators truly understand what they are translating.

Chemistry/Pharmaceuticals/Cosmetics/Polymer science/Materials/Related scientific and technical texts and patent translation in these fields

I had an organic chemistry background with French training at university level, and experience in the chemical industry in France, Ireland, UK and USA. That spanned research, development, manufacturing and quality assurance in the pharmaceutical, medical device and cosmetic chemistry industries, to varying degrees. French/English bilingual home.

I started my practice in 2005. I work for direct clients, in translation teams and for high-quality agencies. Typical projects include chemistry patents and discovery documents; patent litigation- and opposition-related texts; technical files for active ingredients or drug products; technical articles; laboratory or manufacturing procedures, internal reports, memos and experimental results; batch records; certificates of compliance; cosmetic testing/clinical trial reports/results; press releases from chemical companies; articles on these industries.
PhD in Organic Chemistry and Diploma in French both from the University of Cambridge, UK (1998).
Master of Chemistry with French from the University of Manchester, UK (1994)
Certificate of Achievement from ISO9000: International Standardized Testing Organization's Examination.

SDL Trados Studio certified

ATA certified French to English

Fellow of ITI
English Localization and Non-Native Editing:
I have dual UK and US citizenship. I also do US>UK localization of technical texts and editing of texts written in English by non-native speakers at an hourly rate.
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: 919
PRO-level pts: 883

Top languages (PRO)
French to English730
Spanish to English80
English to French61
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Chemistry; Chem Sci/Eng413
Medical: Pharmaceuticals220
Cosmetics, Beauty116
Biology (-tech,-chem,micro-)24
Science (general)12
Law: Patents, Trademarks, Copyright8
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