Working languages:
Indonesian to English

David Martin
Meaning-based translation at its best!

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I am a native English speaker, who spent an extended time in Indonesia, primarily in a remote, tribal setting. I am trained as a linguist and language analyst, goals being literacy, adult education, and translation where necessary.

I studied Indonesian during 6 months immersed in a Sundanese community in Jawa Barat. I then used Indonesian as a platform and foundation for translation into a tribal language, after analyzing the tribal language, developing an alphabet, and developing literacy materials.

I utilized Indonesian most extensively while serving as ex-patriate representative of a national church organization liaison on legislative matters.

I returned to the United States in 1993, and have maintained Indonesian language proficiency through interaction with college students from Indonesia and through former Indonesian colleagues when they come to the United States.

My translation training and experience has been in "idiomatic translation" -- focused on meaning vs. word-for-word or literal.
Keywords: social media, cultural diversity, religion, church, idiomatic translation, environmental science, editing, proofreading, anthropology, tribal interaction

Profile last updated
May 16, 2020

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