Native German (DE) speaker in Watford, United Kingdom
Texts I have been translating are usually the kind that need adapting to the target language culture. They could be cultural, marketing material, political, environmental. As exams manager I was working with exam texts for specific semi-specialised purposes where it was essential that the reader receives an authentic but unambiguous text. Background in setting and assessing exam material for literary translation exams. Subtitles animated children’s classics Proofreading/editing of fiction.
I have been working with languages all my life and am also a lifelong language learner.
Starting out with a translation qualification from Germany I moved to England and after working two years as a staff and freelance translator I was offered a job at the Educational Trust of the (now Chartered) Institute of Linguists in London, commissioning and delivering vocational and professional language qualifications. Experience
Since 2000 examinations manager for various CIOL exams and external contracts.
Since 1986 freelance work, at first mainly as a translator, then increasingly as setter, vetter and assessor for various professional and vocational exams for various awarding bodies.
Since 1993 member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (MCIL) in the Translating Division, since 2018 registered as a Chartered Linguist (CL) in the category Language Specialist.
My ‘day-time’ job at CIOL always involved vetting, editing and moderation of material, and collaboration with linguists across a wide range of languages. It required research skills into many different topics and cultures which is an aspect of my work I particularly enjoy, and I believe is an asset when it comes to developing new specialist areas.
Since 2021 full-time freelance language professional offering translation proofreading editing MTPE setting vetting and other aspects of exam material preparation and assessment Volunteer work reviewer for TWB reviewer for Alternatives to Violence Project Britain (AVPB) translation of educational material for environmental online learning for AimHi. Hobbies: learning languages. Qualified in French at C1 level, all else is purely for fun, Swedish and Norwegian at A2 level, currently concentrating on learning Finnish as I love the country and have close connections. Other hobbies are reading, Tai Chi, walking, travelling and cpd.
This is how I continue my learning in my area of expertise
I genuinely enjoy learning and equally love delving into new subjects as well as keeping up with new developments in my areas of expertise as I find everything interesting and like being able to add new puzzle pieces to the overall picture. I do this in both languages through reading, watching programmes, LinkedIn connections, courses and webinars and live debates or conferences. One of my favourite learning tools is FutureLearn. Currently, I am working on two areas of particular interest, German wines (I come from a winegrowing area) and environment (in particular new technology and biodiversity).
One of my favourite jobs is working with a board game inventor. I am collaborating closely with the author and the designer doing the artwork. I can ask as many questions as I like to make sure I can visualise the actual game and as a result of it, sometimes text may be rephrased in both English and German. It is enjoyable to work as part of a team to create an end product that’s as close to perfect as possible.
I have worked with Ulrike on a number of occasions on German translations, transcriptions and sub-titling projects - mostly all for corporate and marketing videos. Her accuracy, attention to detail and ability to make real sense of often difficult subjects made all the difference to the end quality of the films. She was also a pleasure to work with. I would not hesitate to recommend her to any other freelancer or employer.