English to Russian: A sample showing a small part of what I can do (excerpt from my own small story) General field: Art/Literary Detailed field: Poetry & Literature
Source text - English Terry stepped into the dimly-lit room. When his eyes adapted to the darkness, he saw a counter with an old black lady sitting behind it. Fixing her calm stare on him, she patiently waited for him to say something. The boy desperately tried, but words wouldn't come out of his parched throat. The silence was growing uncomfortable. Finally, after waiting for what seemed like forever, the old lady snorted and opened her mouth. Incredibly soft voice came out, reminiscent of something that was long-forgotten.
"Why, hello there, dear. How may I help you?"
And the uneasiness disappeared like it was never there, although the dryness in boy's throat was not going to go anywhere without a good long gulp of water. Still, he managed to tell the reason for him being here, and the old lady's eyes initially went round like they were saucers, and then narrowed in growing fury.
"So there are people like that..." muttered she and then suddenly stood up and stormed out, leaving the amazed boy behind.
Translation - Russian Терри вошёл в полутёмное помещение. Когда глаза его свыклись со тьмой, мальчик увидел стойку. за которой сидела чернокожая мадам почтенного возраста. Она спокойно взирала на мальчика, ожидая его слов. А тот хоть и старался их выдавить, но из пересохшего горла не выходило ни звука. Тишина становилась всё неуютнее. Наконец, после ожидания, показавшегося Терри вечностью, женщина фыркнула и заговорила первой — на удивление мягким голосом, напоминавшим что-то, давно канувшее в бездну забвения.
— Ну здравствуй, малыш. Чего тебе?
И стеснение разом пропало, словно и не бывало его, хотя сухость в горле прогнал бы только добрый глоток воды. Всё-таки он кое-как объяснил цель своего прихода, и глаза старой женщины поначалу сделались круглыми, будто бы блюдечки, а затем прищурились во вскипающей ярости.
— Ишь ты, какие мерзавцы бывают, значит... — пробормотала она под нос — и вдруг, взметнувшись, ураганом вылетела на улицу, оставив разинувшего рот мальчишку наедине с собой.
Years of translation experience: 6. Registered at ProZ.com: Sep 2016. Became a member: Apr 2017.
A talented, practised, and constantly learning translator (registered as an individual entrepreneur since 2017) who uses any reasonable methods that are necessary to complete a task effectively. As for manual translation, I work pretty fast for my translation quality, however, the daily amount can be amazingly irregular: anywhere from 1000 words to 4000. As far as I know, I am able to translate up to 600 words per hour in my expertise fields with the help of a convenient CAT tool without any repetitions or a prepared translation memory / glossary.
Also, I'm a bearded man and I take pride in my beard. A good thing about being a freelance translator is that you don't need to shave your natural and noble adornment to get a great job.
Please note that I currently don't take highly specialized Japanese to English jobs (e.g., texts full of technical terms and professional slang). General or marketing texts are fine, however.Please also note that I don't take post-MT editing requests.
My CV can be found here:
October 5, 2016: Took EFSET on a whim. C2 (72 out of 100). I suppose that's not bad after 12 hours of working and cooking without a bit of rest.
P. S. Certificate link: https://www.efset.org/cert/fdVZCk
December 1, 2016: Won my first translation award in the first contest I ever tried to participate in. Not so great as I thought it'd turn out, but certainly an achievement.
July 2, 2017: Took TrackTest for the heck of it. Very disappointed in the test. It is far too easy for a paid one. C2 certificate with a perfect score in a matter of twenty minutes? Yeah, that's quite a dubious achievement.
December 2017: Learned (by pure chance) that I am one of the winners of a translation contest (literary prose translation from English to Russian, to be specific) conducted in October by a regional university. I guess it wasn't that important if they didn't notify the winners or mail us the promised diplomas, but hey, at least I get to expand my portfolio.
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