Working languages:
Russian to English
Bulgarian to English

James McVay
Quality translations at reasonable rates

United States
Local time: 23:12 EST (GMT-5)

Native in: English Native in English
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I have been translating, editing and analyzing written materials for more than 40 years. My accumulated experience makes me the translator you come to when you need the job done right the first time.

After receiving my degree in Russian in 1972, I began working as a staff translator in a U.S. government agency. Over the next 35 years I progressed from junior to senior translator, then became an analyst and eventually a supervisor and manager of analysts. I received numerous awards, including the Civilian Superior Service Medal. I authored original papers and performed quality assurance on the written products of subordinates in a variety of technical and defense-related fields. Throughout my career I maintained my language skills at a high level by doing research in original-language materials and producing translations.

My years as a translator taught me the nuances of Russian technical writing. From my work as an analyst I learned how to think critically, do research, and write understandable English. My leadership experience taught me the importance of being a good team member, doing quality work, and meeting obligations.

I became a freelancer in June 2007, specializing in the political-military field. I have also produced a large number of translations in the fields of engineering, medicine, and business. I take pride in producing high-quality translations at reasonable rates -- I will never accept an assignment unless I am confident of my ability to produce an accurate translation, and I always meet deadlines.

Recent projects

o The Beast, by Alex Bobrov, a science fiction novel available from Amazon (

o A series of seven books on World War II armored vehicles

o Articles of association and promotional material for Russian charitable organizations

o A scholarly article from a peer-reviewed journal on osteochondrosis of the cervical spine

o Several short stories

o Numerous translations (RU-EN) for a major online political-military journal

o An automotive industry regulation 


I routinely translate about 2000 words per day.

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: 1077
PRO-level pts: 992

Top languages (PRO)
Russian to English880
Bulgarian to English112
Top general fields (PRO)
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Top specific fields (PRO)
Engineering (general)65
Construction / Civil Engineering56
Military / Defense51
Automotive / Cars & Trucks44
Law (general)38
Mechanics / Mech Engineering38
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This user has reported completing projects in the following job categories, language pairs, and fields.

Project History Summary
Total projects16
With client feedback6
100% positive (6 entries)

Job type
Language pairs
Russian to English9
Bulgarian to English3
Specialty fields
Automotive / Cars & Trucks2
Medical (general)1
Military / Defense1
Government / Politics1
Electronics / Elect Eng1
Other fields
Business/Commerce (general)2
Engineering: Industrial1
Medical: Health Care1
Medical: Pharmaceuticals1
Law: Contract(s)1
Forestry / Wood / Timber1
Law (general)1
Law: Taxation & Customs1
Keywords: translation, russian, bulgarian, international relations, international affairs, politics, military, defense, english, engineering, physics, computers, communications, automotive, chemistry, editing, proofreading, medical

Profile last updated
Jan 28, 2020

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