Member since Oct '19

Working languages:
German to English
French to English

Gordon Matthews
Peace and sustainable development

Diemelstadt, Hessen, Germany
Local time: 19:23 CET (GMT+1)

Native in: English (Variants: British, UK, US) Native in English
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Services Translation, Editing/proofreading, MT post-editing, Native speaker conversation
Specializes in:
International Org/Dev/CoopSocial Science, Sociology, Ethics, etc.
Environment & EcologyGovernment / Politics
Tourism & TravelReligion
Advertising / Public RelationsMarketing / Market Research

KudoZ activity (PRO) PRO-level points: 96, Questions answered: 81, Questions asked: 10
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Portfolio Sample translations submitted: 3
Translation education Other - Gießener Sprach- und Dolmetscherschule
Experience Years of experience: 23. Registered at Jan 2017. Became a member: Oct 2019. Certified PRO certificate(s) N/A
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Software Adobe Acrobat, MemSource Cloud, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Libre Office, Quicken, Powerpoint, SDL TRADOS
Professional objectives
  • Meet new translation company clients
  • Meet new end/direct clients
  • Work for non-profits or pro-bono clients
  • Screen new clients (risk management)
  • Network with other language professionals
  • Get help with terminology and resources
  • Learn more about translation / improve my skills

I’ve had a passionate interest in German language, history, and culture ever since my school days in the south of England. I taught myself basic German while still at school and then became fluent during a year of voluntary service in the south of Austria.

As a liberal and ecumenically minded Christian, I have always been committed to (economic) justice, peace, and caring for the planet. After studying environmental science at the University of Bradford and obtaining a postgraduate teaching qualification, I briefly taught geography, economics, and maths, before joining a team of peace campaigners in 1981.

My subsequent 'career' has included 6 years as Executive Secretary of the European peace church network Church and Peace, based in a village north of Frankfurt-am-Main, and a short stint as Joint Representative and Head of Office at the Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA) in Brussels. Having lived in Austria, Germany, and Belgium, as well as in England, I am thoroughly European and well-versed in the workings of the EU.

In 1997 I obtained a certificate in translation from a private language school, where I subsequently taught English and business English for a short while. Since then I have translated a variety of texts for church-related peace and service organisations, such as EIRENE International Christian Peace Service and Brot für die Welt, and academic papers, research reports, and publicity materials in the fields of environment, sustainable development, politics, economics, and tourism. I enjoy translating from French as well as German.

I am a bit of a perfectionist, especially where translation is concerned, so I pride myself on the quality of my translations. One of my clients even tells me that my English translations read better than his original German!

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