Working languages:
French to English
Swedish to English

Luke Spear
French/Scandi>EN fin-tech translations

United Kingdom
Local time: 07:17 GMT (GMT+0)

Native in: English Native in English
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Translating academically and professionally since 2002, specialising in:

IT | Engineering | Financial | Business | Creative

From French or Swedish to English

Technical translation for financial, IT, engineering, construction, radio frequency, wireless and antennas, software, hardware, programming and, of course, general business texts.

At ease with actually spinning up and maintaining servers, websites, code-bases and all manner of Linux/Unix, Mac and Windows terminology. I work with the major Microsoft and open source termbases and glossaries, as well as the EU termbase for each language converted to a translation memory and used in MemoQ.

I am a licensed amateur radio operator and frequently communicate with other French and Scandinavian licensed operators. I have also worked extensively in the construction and engineering industries - mainly automotive and manufacturing - over my translation career.

Creative translation is also offered, with some 100 Franco-Belgian comic book translations being published from 2005-2009 (Lucky Luke, Yoko Tsunu, Wind in the Willows and many more). In addition, transcreation projects for marketing copy, brands and re-writing are also undertaken, having written successfully for many household names over the years (including Eurostar).

Note on Scandinavian languages:

Having run a small outsourcing operation since 2008, I'm aware that linguists claiming more than 2 source languages can raise eyebrows. However, the case for the Scandinavian languages is slightly different. You may well already know, but if not, the written languages are highly mutually intelligible, much more so than, say, Italian and Spanish.

For Norwegian vs Danish, for instance, the differences can be as minor as between British and American English. Other times the differences can be significantly wider, but rarely beyond the realm of intelligibility.

And so, after working, living and travelling throughout Scandinavia for a number of years, I then went on to undertake as much continued professional development training as possible in those languages in the intervening period. As such I offer translation to English from each of those Scandinavian languages. Speciality areas are as above.

References and experience available on request.

The wider Nordic languages (Sami, Icelandic, Finnish, Faroese etc.) I *cannot* work from, with only Icelandic likely to become a possibility in the future. That's if I can get to the bottom of its multitude of cases and genders!

Additional activity

>> Author of the 'Translation sales handbook' (see website)
>> Owner of translation agency World to Writers since 2008

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