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October 2017

Fabio Said
Qualified in the UK, Germany and Brazil

Rheinbach, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Local time: 17:11 CEST (GMT+2)

Native in: Portuguese (Variant: Brazilian) Native in Portuguese
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Certified PRO Network Fabio Said English to PortugueseCertified PRO Network Fabio Said German to Portuguese 2008 Annual Translation Contest winner English to 2008 Annual Translation Contest winner German to Portuguese

Are you looking for a Portuguese translator? The first thing you need to know right now is: In which country will the translation be used? Brazil? Portugal? Angola? Mozambique? Cape Verde? Please don't assume that there is a 'neutral' Portuguese dialect that is suitable for all Portuguese-speaking countries. There can be really big differences in spelling, vocabulary, style and even grammar. You should hire a translator that is a native speaker of the dialect you're looking for.

I was born and raised in Brazil, so I can translate into Portuguese for Brazil.

Portuguese for BRAZIL only

translation from English into Brazilian Portuguesetranslation from German into Brazilian Portuguese

If we can agree on that, there are a couple of things you should know about me:

QUALIFICATIONS AND CPD DipTrans Diploma in Translation English Portuguese

I became a translator in 1993 after four and a half years studying translation and interpretation at a vocational school in Brazil, including a six-month internship. I have since obtained the prestigious Diploma in Translation (English to Portuguese) from the UK’s Chartered Institute of Linguists.

In the UK, I'm also a Chartered Linguist, meaning that my professional qualifications have been verified and that I'm committed to a lifelong continuing professional development programme in order to meet the highest standards of the translating profession.

I am qualified as a state-examined translator (staatlich geprüfter Übersetzer) in Germany (German to Portuguese, Portuguese to German). I also obtained the Certificate of Legal German (Fachkundenachweis Deutsche Rechtssprache) and have been a court-certified (sworn) translator since 2012.

Additionally, I hold certificates of language proficiency in English (University of Oxford) and German (Goethe-Institute).

I’m strongly committed to CPD (continuing professional development) and regularly attend seminars, workshops and conferences for translators. In 2010 I was the ATA Portuguese Language Division’s Distinguished Speaker.


For the first six years after my translation training, I worked as an English to Brazilian Portuguese freelance translator for the local Oil & Gas industry in Northeast Brazil, translating documents within the domains of Industrial Engineering and Quality Management. Since the late 1990s I’ve specialized in corporate and financial translation.

In 1999, after six years studying German in Brazil and Germany, I added the German-to-Portuguese language pair to my offerings and began working primarily with legal and corporate/financial content in this language pair. While still living in Brazil, I worked several years for a German-to-Portuguese sworn translator, learning and perfecting my craft in the legal/financial domains, and in 2002-2003 I was a sworn translator, temporarily replacing the only sworn translator for that language combination in my home state. After moving to Germany in 2007, I established a sole trader business in the Cologne/Bonn region, working mostly for direct clients.

Documents I usually translate include by-laws, license and purchase agreements, Terms and Conditions of Service, business plans, corporate profiles for trade fairs/websites, corporate newsletters, financial advice, fund brochures and financial marketing materials.

book translation into Brazilian Portuguese
I’ve also been a book translator since 2002, translating several non-fiction books from English and German into Brazilian Portuguese primarily within the subject areas of Law, Philosophy and Social Science. This makes me an experienced translator of high level materials intended for publication and targeted at highly educated readers.


I’m a firm believer in the translating profession as a viable way to earn a living, and have been a full-time translator since 1999.

Besides being a member of ATA since 2010, I also joined translators’ associations in Germany (BDÜ, ATICOM) and the United Kingdom (CIOL). A number of articles I wrote have been published in translation journals and other media throughout the world. And I’m the author of two guidance books with best practices for Portuguese translators: Fidus Interpres (2010, 2nd edition 2011) and Guia do Tradutor (2013).

To learn more about my background as a translator, please visit my website:
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Law (general)4
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