Member since Apr '16

Working languages:
Russian to English
Church Slavonic (monolingual)

Joanna Dobson
14 years experience, Cambridge educated

Norwich, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
Local time: 06:59 GMT (GMT+0)

Native in: English (Variant: British) Native in English
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Account type Freelance translator and/or interpreter, Identity Verified Verified member
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Services Translation, Interpreting, Editing/proofreading, Website localization, Training
Specializes in:
Poetry & LiteratureReligion
Environment & EcologyAnthropology
ArchaeologyInternational Org/Dev/Coop

Russian to English - Rates: 0.09 - 0.14 GBP per word / 35 - 60 GBP per hour
Preferred currency GBP
KudoZ activity (PRO) PRO-level points: 20, Questions answered: 11, Questions asked: 5
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Portfolio Sample translations submitted: 4
Translation education Master's degree - Cambridge University
Experience Years of experience: 15. Registered at Jan 2015. Became a member: Apr 2016.
Credentials Russian to English (University of Cambridge, verified)
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Software CafeTran Espresso, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Powerpoint
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I studied Russian and German at Cambridge University and loved Russian studies so much that I chose to major in Russian. I spent my third year in Moscow studying language and literature and travelling the Trans-Siberian Railway. My degree course subjects covered: German literature and language, Russian-English and English-Russian translation, Church Slavonic, history papers in Kievan Rus’ 800-1300 and medieval history 1300-1600 as well as papers on Russian nineteenth and twentieth century literature.

“Translation takes place at the verges of our cultural experience. It is here at the edges of cultural certainty that we travel in search of new experience and solutions essential to the things that matter to us most: our businesses, our creative endeavours, conservancy, and our own life journeys. Translators open windows onto vital new worlds, transforming mystery into knowledge, validating voices, enlivening hope, …” Joanna Dobson

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Russia Resident Interpreting

I was resident in Russia for over ten years living and working as an English tutor and editor in Akademgorodok, Novosibirsk and the Altai Republic, south Siberia. In Altai I immersed myself in studies of Siberian geography, flora and fauna, archaeology and indigenous cultures, over time becoming in a sense tri-cultural. It was in Altai, Siberia that my translator apprenticeship began.

Expert in Altai Republic, Siberia

In the Altai region I interpreted for a wide variety of groups: local protected areas, indigenous NGOs, western conservation organisations, Altai indigenous leaders and tourists/pilgrims. I was interpreting in conference rooms and offices but also in remote landscapes, sometimes on foot, sometimes on horseback, in the mountains, in hospitals, in yurts and around campfires. In the field, especially interpreting at sacred sites, communication is exciting, complex and intense. Here I had the opportunity to draw on all the three skills components essential to effective cross-cultural communication: relationship-building, cultural immersion and research. I was helping transform the obstacles of cultural diversity into opportunity, laying the foundations for future collaboration, creative thinking, innovation and inner transformation. This was by far the most humbling and exciting translation work I have ever done: I knew, the process would help shape the future of a nation.


In 2005 I began editing and translating articles and documentation for the Russian Academy of Sciences Archaeology and Ethnography Research Institute, Siberian nature parks and biosphere reserves, the WWF, and the United Nations Development Project: Conservation of Biodiversity in the Altai-Sayan Ecoregion.

Example Translation Projects Books & Films The Last of the Shor Shamans; The Pines of Askat An Altai conservation Film, Subtitles);
Spiritual Wisdom from the Altai Mountains; Standing on Sacred Ground Toby McCloud film project; Transurfing Reality by Vadim Zeland ;
A Different Sky; Cosmoplanetary Integration

Articles and Booklets Website Materials
The Calvert Journal cultural interest articles Renedex UK (Business conference materials)
Booklets for St.Seraphim’s Trust Axmor Software development company

UNDP/GEF 5 Year Project: Conservation of biodiversity in the Altai-Sayan Ecoregion: Documentation: newsletters, Fire strategy, Climate Assessment, Rare and Endangered Species Assessment
Global Ecological Fund - Independent Project Assessment - interpreting infield
WWF Snow Leopard Conservation Expeditions, newsletters

Interpreting - Clients

Sunny College of Environmental Science & Forestry (USA)
Bioregions International NGO
Altai Project NGO + Altaisky Zapovednik (Snow leopard Conservation)
Sacred Earth Network (travel groups)
Fund for the Sustainable Development of Altai
Altai Mir University
Global Ecological Facility Project Assessment


RAS SB Russian Academy of Science, Archaeology and Ethnography Research Institute
Inside Out Wisdom - FICTION
Research Centre for the History and Culture of the Turkic peoples
Gorno-Altaisk State University, Archaeology and World History Department

My own creative writing on travel, translation, transformation @ Altai Pilgrim Studio

Published articles:

Letter from:Journey to the Heart of Russia’s Shangri La
A Journey to Sacred Altai, Kindred Spirit Magazine
Sacred Valley: Conservation Management and Indigenous Survival, IUCN Publication
Forward to Spiritual Wisdom from the Altai Mountains
Voices of the Earth, Terralingua Magazine Langscape
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Russian to English20
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Social Sciences4
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Business/Commerce (general)4
Poetry & Literature4
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Keywords: Russian, Altai, indigenous cultures, rock art, Scythian Art, Turkic peoples, mind body spirit, archaeology, literature, non-fiction, books, memoir, fantasy, editing, LitRPG

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Feb 23

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