Member since Mar '12

Working languages:
English to French

Helen Portefaix
Timely, professional translation service

Birmingham, United Kingdom
Local time: 05:21 GMT (GMT+0)

Native in: French (Variant: Standard-France) Native in French
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Translator and copywriter with a passion for the written word
Account type Freelance translator and/or interpreter, Identity Verified Verified member
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Services Translation, Editing/proofreading, Website localization, Copywriting
Specializes in:
Textiles / Clothing / FashionTourism & Travel
Internet, e-CommerceRetail
Advertising / Public RelationsMarketing / Market Research
Cosmetics, BeautyGeneral / Conversation / Greetings / Letters
JournalismPoetry & Literature

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Words translated: 1,205
English to French - Standard rate: 0.07 GBP per word / 25 GBP per hour
KudoZ activity (PRO) PRO-level points: 110, Questions answered: 46, Questions asked: 161
Payment methods accepted PayPal, Check, Wire transfer
Portfolio Sample translations submitted: 5
Translation education Master's degree - University of Toulouse, France
Experience Years of translation experience: 12. Registered at Oct 2011. Became a member: Mar 2012. Certified PRO certificate(s)
Credentials English to French ( Master's Degree in Translation Studies, verified)
Memberships N/A
Software Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, SDL TRADOS
CV/Resume English (PDF)
Professional practices Helen Portefaix endorses's Professional Guidelines.

My profile

I am a French native speaker and I live in Birmingham, UK. I have a Master's Degree in Translation Studies, awarded with first-class honours. I graduated from the University of Toulouse-Le-Mirail (France) in 2006. My lifelong passion for languages and for the written word quite naturally lead me to a career in translation and creative writing.

My philosophy

Translating is an unrelenting endeavour to craft words into a perfect work of art; it requires both technique and talent.

I pride myself in delivering high quality translations, as well as a professional service, which means that:

➤ My translations are delivered on time

➤ They are delivered in the required format

➤ They use the relevant terminology

➤ They are well-written and do not read like a translation

➤ My translations are fairly priced and provide good value for money

➤ I only translate into my native language (French)

➤ I only accept translation jobs that closely match my specialisms and expertise


➤ English to French translation, general to technical

➤ Natural talent for transcreation & adaptation work

➤ Copywriting, creative writing

➤ Website localisation, combining language expertise and web building expertise

➤ Proofreading & Editing (machine translation post-editing excluded)

Specialist Fields

➤ Textile/Footwear/Clothing/Fashion

➤ E-commerce, internet

➤ Retail

➤ Tourism & travel

➤ Beauty/Cosmetics

➤ Advertising/Public Relations

➤ Marketing/Market Research

➤ International Development/Cooperation/Organisation

➤ Food/Culinary/Nutrition

➤ Journalism

➤ Psychology

➤ Arts & Humanities

➤ Literature, fiction, non-fiction

Latest/Main Projects

➤ Tourism/Travel
Website Content | Brochures | Promotional & Advertising Material | Newsletters | B2B | Surveys
AITO Iran Tours,, Cycle West, Four Seasons Fairways, Golden Tulip Hotels, Hotels & More, Leisure Group, Macs Adventure,, Rocco Forte Hotels, Sandals Resorts,, Unique Vacations, (as part of a team), Visit Wales
➤ Textile/Fashion/Clothing/Footwear
Website Content | Product Descriptions | Brochures | Newsletters & Blogs | Press Releases | Labels
Clarks Shoes,, Crocs Shoes, Debenhams, Dune London Shoes, Hickies Laces, Hunter Boots, IFA Paris, Joe Browns, King of Cotton, Love Cashmere, Mahabis Slippers, Marks & Spencer, New Era, Panache Lingerie, River Island, Roman Originals, Sporty Henri, Vlisco Fabrics
 ➤ Beauty/Cosmetics
Website Content | Product Descriptions | Newsletters & Blogs | Packaging & Labels | Safety Data Sheet
Ambre Solaire, Beauty Kitchen, Below The Belt, Dermatude, Fade Out, Feel Unique, FIT  Cosmetics, L(A)B, L’Oréal, Marionnaud, Pai Skincare, Purple Tree, SLG Beauty, Superdrug, The Body Shop, Vivalis
➤ Retail/E-commerce/Advertising/Other Consumer Goods
Website Content | Product Descriptions | User Manuals | Advertising | Promotional Material
Ampulla Packaging Solutions, Baker Ross, Bébé Confort, BODUM, Burton Safes, Continuity Lenses, Gardman, Gecko Jewellery, Gloster Furniture, GPO Retro Products, JAYS Headphones, Joolz, Kit for Kids, mophie, Mothercare, Nikwax, One Retail Group, Otterbox, Pro Breeze, Rust-Oleum, Salter, Snakehive, Staples, Trunki, Yankee Candles, YorkTest Food Intolerance Tests,, Zak Designs
➤ Culinary/Food/Nutrition
Website Content | Product Descriptions | Advertising | Recipes | Packaging & Labels | Menus
Boska Cheeseware, Bulk Powders, Cole & Mason Kitchenware, Costa Café, English Tea Shop, Ken Hom Kitchenware, Loch Lomond Whiskies, L'OR Douwe Egberts, Loving Foods, Protein World, Quality Meat Scotland & Seafood Scotland, Ross Henery Kitchenware, Villeroy & Boch, White Pearl
+ Ingredient Lists & Labels for a wide variety of brands and food products
➤ Marketing/Market Research
Website Content Translation & Localisation | Advertising Brochures | Case Studies | Surveys & Questionnaires
Curves Clubs, GetResponse, Experian, Opia, Valued Opinions
+ A wide range market research studies, surveys and questionnaires: healthcare, medical & pharmaceutical products, household items, branded goods, banking products, etc.
➤ Miscellaneous Projects
Corporate | International Development | Press Releases | Culture
Africa ICT News Bulletins, CIGNA Health Insurance, Colart, Croda, David Brown Santasalo, Europeana Foundation, Exxon Mobil,, Hopscotch Groupe, INEOS, LSG Life Technologies, MAG (Mines Advisory Group), National Museums Scotland, Oracom (Cultural Magazines), RNCM (Royal Northern College of Music; Online Exhibition), Sheridan&Co, Sundance Film Festival, Univar, Vanderlande

➤ Literary Projects (Fiction & Non-Fiction)

Vaping for Dummies (Vype Limited Edition) by Steve Kaelble (book translation)

Voices - Words from our employees and the people we help. Published by AstraZeneca (as part of a team)

Two Strokes, Not Out by Sas Freeman (as part of a team)

Tales of Innocence and Experience by Eva Figes (partly translated for Master’s Degree Thesis) 

➤ Transcreation/Copywriting
Content Creation | Content and Tagline Transcreation
Clarks Shoes (Product Description Copywriting), (Website Content Copywriting), Lipton (Advertising Content Transcreation), Escape Hunt (Tagline Transcreation), Fanta (Tagline Transcreation)
➤ Multilingual SEO (Service no longer provided)
Keyword Research | Metatag Optimisation | On Page Content Optimisation
3M France, Clarks Shoes,, Grapeshot,, Montblanc Luxury Pens, Orchard Melamine

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: 110
(All PRO level)

Language (PRO)
English to French110
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Pts in 2 more flds >
Top specific fields (PRO)
Textiles / Clothing / Fashion36
General / Conversation / Greetings / Letters10
Business/Commerce (general)8
Finance (general)8
Internet, e-Commerce4
Pts in 8 more flds >

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Jan 10

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