Working languages:
French to English
Italian to English
Dutch to English

Elinor Tester
I work while you sleep

Wellington, New Zealand
Local time: 00:02 NZDT (GMT+13)

Native in: English Native in English
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Account type Freelance translator and/or interpreter, Identity Verified Verified site user
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Services Translation, Editing/proofreading, Website localization, Software localization
Specializes in:
Law (general)Medical: Instruments
Law: Contract(s)Real Estate
Medical (general)Certificates, Diplomas, Licenses, CVs
Food & Drink

Payment methods accepted PayPal, Wire transfer
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Portfolio Sample translations submitted: 2
Experience Years of translation experience: 10. Registered at Nov 2012. Certified PRO certificate(s) N/A
Credentials French to English (New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters)
Italian to English (New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters)
Dutch to English (New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters)
Memberships N/A
Software Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, SDL TRADOS, SDLX, Wordfast
CV/Resume CV available upon request
Professional practices Elinor Tester endorses's Professional Guidelines (v1.1).
Overnight translation

I live and work in New Zealand, so I am working while everyone in the Northern Hemisphere is asleep. Send me your document as you're leaving work, and I'll have the finished translation in your inbox when you arrive at work the next morning.

Translation experience

I have been a self-employed freelance translator since September 2012. Prior to that, I worked for seven years as an in-house translator and editor for a large New Zealand agency, NZTC International Ltd, where I translated hundreds of thousands of words from French, Italian, and Dutch into English. My translations covered a diverse range of content, including:
• User and service manuals for medical devices
• Tourist brochures for Vanuatu and New Caledonia
• Legislative extracts
• Commercial tender documents
• Website marketing text
• Leases for apartments in Switzerland
• Birth certificates, diplomas and drivers licences

My translations strike a balance between rigorous attention to detail, and a natural-sounding style.

Legal experience

Before becoming a translator, I worked for two years as an in-house lawyer for the NZ Teachers Council (a Crown Entity). My role involved drafting letters and legal documents, including policy memos, statutory rules and Council judgments. I absorbed the phraseology of legal drafting and the distinctive written language style of government departments, and have been able to draw on this experience when translating letters, contracts, legislation and court decisions.

Commitment to producing high-quality work

I have always been a high achiever, demanding the best from myself in everything I have attempted. As a born perfectionist, I aim to produce translations that require as few editing corrections as possible. However, I believe that the usability of my translations is more important than technical accuracy. I endeavour to make the translation as logical and readable as possible. In many cases, this can mean that the translation ends up being better written than the source text.

Ability to meet tight deadlines

I am a fast, efficient translator and editor. During my seven years at NZTC, I built a reputation as a linguist who could be relied upon to complete a job before the deadline and to a high standard. I know that there can be many unforeseen hurdles to timely completion of translation jobs, from computer malfunction, to the client amending the source text the day before the job is due. But I am flexible enough to work around these issues, and I am always prepared to put in extra effort if a deadline is particularly tight.


• Admitted to the Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand (2002)
• Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (2002)
• Bachelor of Arts from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (2002), with papers in French, Chinese and Italian language and literature. I achieved grades of A or A+ in all my language courses
• 1999: Invited to take a postgraduate paper in Advanced Translation, although I was still an undergraduate student
• 1998: Awarded a scholarship for a one-month intensive course at the French University of the South Pacific, studying French language and New Caledonian history
• 1996: Dux of Paraparaumu College (top scholar of the final year)
• NZEST scholarship exams – NZTC French Translation Prize (for producing the best French translation in New Zealand in the 1996 exam)
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Profile last updated
Jun 9, 2015

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