Member since Dec '05

Working languages:
English to Portuguese
Portuguese to English

Heloísa Helena Benetton Costa
20+ years experience, qualified reviewer

Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil
Local time: 23:19 BRT (GMT-3)

Native in: Portuguese Native in Portuguese
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Services Translation, Editing/proofreading, Website localization, Software localization, Subtitling
Specializes in:
IT (Information Technology)Manufacturing
Computers (general)Computers: Software
Computers: Systems, NetworksAutomotive / Cars & Trucks
Mechanics / Mech EngineeringBusiness/Commerce (general)
Engineering: IndustrialCinema, Film, TV, Drama

KudoZ activity (PRO) PRO-level points: 113, Questions answered: 51, Questions asked: 19
Payment methods accepted Wire transfer, PayPal | Send a payment via ProZ*Pay
Portfolio Sample translations submitted: 1
Glossaries back-end
Translation education Other - Universidade de São Paulo
Experience Years of experience: 23. Registered at Apr 2002. Became a member: Dec 2005.
Credentials English to Portuguese (USP, Post-graduation in Translation, verified)
English to Portuguese (PUC, Bachelor in Languages, verified)
English to Portuguese (Cambridge University, Certificate of Proficiency, verified)
English to Portuguese (Michigan University, Certificate of Proficiency, verified)
Memberships ATA
Software Catalyst, DejaVu, memoQ, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Passolo, Powerpoint, SDL TRADOS, SDLX, Smartling, STAR Transit
Events and training
Professional practices Heloísa Helena Benetton Costa endorses's Professional Guidelines.
Professional objectives
  • Meet new translation company clients
  • Meet new end/direct clients
  • Screen new clients (risk management)
  • Get help with terminology and resources
  • Get help on technical issues / improve my technical skills
  • Learn more about the business side of freelancing
  • Improve my productivity
• Technical Translator since 1997. Full-time dedication since 2000. Millions of words translated, working for direct clients and translation agencies around the world.

• Member of ATA – American Translators Association – number 266300

• Areas of expertise:
 Software Localization (Windows and Apple terminology)
 Mechanical Engineering (Machinery, CNC Programming, Automotive)
 Marketing and Business (Websites and Documents)
 Telecommunications (Mobile Phones, Systems)
 Technology in general (Hardware, Computer Networks, Medical Systems)
 Subtitling (TV-shows and movies)
 Literature (novels, literature for teens, autobiographies, business books)

• Some examples of clients:
 Direct clients: Dropbox (Head External Linguist for the Brazilian Portuguese Team), JBT Corporation, Komedi Books, Pandorga Books. In collaboration with translation agencies, translated documents for the following final clients: Microsoft, Apple, HP, Xerox, Chrysler, Peugeot, Caterpillar, GE Healthcare, Philips Medical Systems, Motorola, Ericsson, SAP, 6-Sigma Academy, Alfa Laval, Cisco, John Deere, Google, Universal, Paramount, Sony, Bombardier, Komedi Books, Pandorga Books, etc.

• Some examples of participation on translation projects:
 Website, marketing, file-sharing provider. Thousands of words translated using proprietary software.
 Robotic automated guided vehicles for manufacturing settings, 45,000 words. Studio 2015 SP2.
 CNC Programming Manual for a milling machine. 270,000 words. Editing. Studio 2014 SP2.
 Software project for hospital facilities administration, several different modules. Also user and administrator manuals. More than 400,000 words translated using Studio 2014 SP2.
 Translation of printers manuals. On-going project, more than 100,000 words translated so far.
 Software for an electronic microscope, plus documentation. About 80,000 words.
 Manuals for ATV vehicles, jet-skis, snowmobiles and roadsters. Thousands of words translated.
 Book: Circuits, by Ricardo Cruzeiro. Artwork. About 30,000 words. Portuguese into English.
 Books: Mackenzie Blue I to IV, by Tina Wells. Literature for teens. About 345,000 words.
 Book: Nearly Departed, by Hook Hastings. Literature for teens. About 70,000 words.
 Book: Forget You, by Jennifer Echols. Literature for teens. About 100,000 words.
 Book: Golden Bones, by UN ambassador Siv Sichan. Autobiography. 99,600 words.
 Book: The 60th Second Organizer, by Jeff Davidson. Business. 48,000 words.
 Application software for a telephony system. About 65,000, including software and documentation. Using Catalyst, Passolo and SDL Trados Studio.
 Mobile phone user’s guide. About 20,000 words using SDL Trados Studio.
 Software Application, similar to MSOffice. Entire software + documentation. About 25,000 words using SDL Trados 2007.
 6 Sigma Black-Belt and Master Black-Belt Courses. 1,200 PowerPoint Slides. About 80,000 words.
 Maintenance manuals for automobiles. About 155,000 words using MS Word.
 16 episodes of the Star Trek series, from Paramount, among other long movie features (88 in total).
• Bilingual executive secretary for the board of directors for over 13 years (from 1987 to 2000) at the following companies:
 Bosch, Compaq, Volvo, General Electric and Motorola.


• Specialization degree in Technical Translation – USP (University of São Paulo), Brazil, 2004
• Bachelor degree in English/Executive Secretary – Catholic University of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil, 1988

Main additional courses and certificates

• Certificate of Proficiency in English – Cambridge University, United Kingdom – 1997
• Certificate of Proficiency in English – Michigan University, United States – 1994
• The peculiarities of Literary Translation – University of São Paulo – 2007
• Translation of Contracts – Caldas Law Center, São Paulo, Brazil – 2003
• Translation Workshop – Dr. Rosemary Arrojo – Unicamp – 2001
• Translation Workshop – Prof. Isa Mara Lando – Private – 2003
• Techniques for Subtitling Translation – Running S/C Ltda – 1997
• Certificate of German as a Foreign Language – Instituto Staden – Campinas – 1988 to 1990
• German: advanced and commercial courses – Escola Apel – Campinas – 1990 to 1994

Software skills

• I’m skilled (as user) in the following software:
 SDL Trados Studio 2015 SP2 (own license)
 SDL Passolo (own license)
 Transit NXT
 Déjà Vu
 MemoQ
 Smartling
 Microsoft Office 2013
 Adobe Photoshop
 MS FrontPage

My resources of hardware and software

• Computer 1: HP Pavillion 23, Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB hard drive, 60MB broadband Internet connection, Windows 10, HP Photosmart C4280 printer.
• Computer 2: Dell Inspiron 1545 (notebook), Intel Pentium Dual Core, 2 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 250 GB hard drive, Windows 10.
• External HD with 1 TB (for backups).
• Dropbox account (for backups in the cloud)
• Microsoft Office 2013
• SDL Trados Studio 2015 Freelance Plus + Multiterm 2015
• WinZip
• Avast antivirus
• others
This user has earned KudoZ points by helping other translators with PRO-level terms. Click point total(s) to see term translations provided.

Total pts earned: 121
PRO-level pts: 113

Top languages (PRO)
English to Portuguese111
Portuguese to English2
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Poetry & Literature28
Computers: Software23
IT (Information Technology)16
Automotive / Cars & Trucks14
Mechanics / Mech Engineering8
Engineering: Industrial4
Metallurgy / Casting4
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Oct 26, 2020

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