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Working languages:
English to Portuguese
Portuguese to English
Spanish to Portuguese
English (monolingual)

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July 2019

Oliveira Simões
Fast, Accurate, Top Quality, 20 yrs exp.

Tucson, AZ, United States
Local time: 14:30 MST (GMT-7)

Native in: Portuguese Native in Portuguese
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English <--> Portuguese Translation

I'm a multi-talented translator specializing in banking, businesseducationengineeringinternet, marketing, medicine, law, and literature.

My working domains include anthropology, accounting, cinema/film, computers, cooking/culinary, finance, human resources, journalism, linguistics, telecommunications, and personal / academic documents .

Experience you can rely on!

I freelanced for renowned businesses and organizations in Brazil and the US. My latest job was with Assistech, an online company in which I doubled as an in-house translator and web developer, besides having other job responsibilities. In my free time I volunteer for Translators Without Borders and Wikipedia.

Bachelor of Letters in Translation

I earned a Bachelor's degree in translating and interpreting from Centro Anhanguera (São Paulo, Brazil) back in the 80s, and since then I've accumulated 20+ years of translation experience. My academic background in linguistics and translation theory & practice enables me to be more in tune with semantic, grammatical, and cultural details and nuances than for someone who hasn't gone through intensive training.

Master of Arts in TESL

I hold an M.A. in TESL (Teaching of English as a Second Language) from the University of Arizona. I taught ESL at Pima Community College, English in a couple of private schools in Brazil, and Portuguese at the U of A. When time allows, I teach English as a guest teacher at TUSD (Tucson Unified School District).

Professionally Certified

As a Certified Pro, I maintain high professional standards. I have proven competence in both SL and TL, research, multicultural knowledge, and technical expertise. I contribute regularly to the ProZ.com community by sharing my knowledge and answering peer questions on terminology. Here's an example of how my intervention helped a colleague avoid mistranslation! Here's another in which I swim against the tide to prove a grammatical point in Portuguese, and yet another of my proficiency in English grammar. I also translate from Spanish into Portuguese.


CAT Tool & Other Computer Software

For CAT tool, I use Smartcat; also versed in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, QuickBooks, Movavi Video Editor, Audacity, FrontPage, GoAnimate, and YouTube Creator Studio.


Besides translating, I've been commended as an English blogger and copywriter. I also do movie and video subtitling, besides producing animated videos.

Literary Translator

I'm a published translator of six books. I have also translated a good number of poems and song lyrics. Check out:

Court Interpreter

Currently, I'm preparing myself to become a credentialed court interpreter for the Arizona Superior Court. 

Prizes and Accolades

Course Developer

In an effort to contribute to the profession, I developed Translation Practice, an online course for English-to-Portuguese translators and students of translation. Available on the Open Learning platform.

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Contact me with any job-related questions or to request a quote. I'm ready for take up on your project.

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"Oliveira is a responsive, conscientious, and professional collaborator. I cannot recommend him highly enough!" - Erika Rhys, bestselling author
"I have great pleasure in recommending the work of Mr. Simões for translation from English into Portuguese. The work he has done for us recently has been of excellent quality and was carefully and thoughtfully produced. I have spent ten years in Brazil and have a good knowledge of the language and I have been impressed with the accuracy of Mr. Simões' work, also his ingenuity, in the case of song texts, in finding appropriate translations of the idiomatic expressions with which English abounds." - Dr. Marshall Cartledge, Up with People
"Oliver worked with us on a large project for a major client, and demonstrated outstanding professional quality, and a willingness to be flexible where the job necessitated it." - Verboo UK
"Mr. Simões has always exhibited the highest level of professionalism, honesty and integrity in all of our business dealings. In our business we serve the special needs communities, which requires a high level of understanding, patience and compassion. Oliver has shown great care and concern for his customers as well as for treating people with fairness and respect." - Larry DiBlasi, Executive Director of Maxi-Aids, Inc.

Translation Test Policy

In principle, I am opposed to the idea of taking translation tests. The reasons are twofold: (1) normally when an independent professional such as a lawyer, dentist, or plumber is hired, he/she is not asked to take a skills test, so why should a translator be required to do so? (2) There are many ways of evaluating a translator's skills including by means of translation samples, testimonials, profile, academic credentials, the work itself (in the case of book translations), as well as experience, all of which have been provided on this page. Or perhaps a job interview! If a translation test is absolutely needed, I will take it, but there's a charge involved. Unfortunately, I cannot take  translation tests unless I get paid accordingly for my time. Thank you for your understanding.

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English to Portuguese & Portuguese to English volunteer translator

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