I have worked as a freelance general linguist and project manager for 30 years, specialising in technical writing, complex editing and copyediting, translations (Dutch to English and Afrikaans to English), and proofreading.
I hold a B.A. (Languages) degree, two Project Management diplomas and a certificate in html/css and web design, as well as a TEFL diploma, amongst others. I have excellent time management skills, outstanding attention to detail and a highly professional work ethic.
I have been editing and proofreading university theses, novel and literature manuscripts, newsletter and other publications on a freelance basis since 2002. Fluent in English, Afrikaans and German, with a strong proficiency in Dutch, I offer multiple professional linguistic services.
I was employed as a Marketing and Communications Specialist in South Africa for Investec Bank, Commercial Union and Mutual & Federal. After moving to New Zealand, I became the online marketing and communications manager for Spicers Wealth Management in Auckland, followed by senior online communications manager for Tower Financial Advisory Services.
I relocated permanently to Ireland in 2012, and am based in Dublin city.
I am a professional editor and translator wand I specialize in plain language. I love learning, language, and writing – I can think on my feet, and I pride myself in my ability to solve any problems that come my way (helped by a keen eye for detail). I am never happier than when I can work with language, be it writing, translation, research, editing, or teaching. My career goal is to work with people to make words work for people.
I am an experienced, educated (MA Translation) translator, with experience in translation, post-editing, proof-reading and editing. I work with SDL Trados and ATMS but am always open to learning more tools.
My work as a marketing manager for Eden Equip, a small local company, entails proofreading and translating content for the websites I design and manage, as well as customer relations in both languages. I am an avid reader in both English and Afrikaans.
I have worked as a freelance university educational interpreter and English teacher for the last decade. I also translated 1st year - 4th-year lecturers' PowerPoint documents for their semester's classes (Psychology, Engineering subjects, Education and classroom management.
Officer at the South African Military Academy (Faculty of Military Science, University of Stellenbosch) -7 Years
ESL teacher, South Korea - 18 Years
Assistant professor at Busan Institute of Technology and Science, South Korea - 7 Years
I proofread a number of physics publications and doctoral theses.
I started my career as a linguist for an automatic translation programme using AI, called Lexica. I was responsible for managing the dictionaries for several language pairs, conjugation for IT purposes, sentence parsing for creating grammar rules, etc. Since then I have worked in the fields of aviation, tourism, logistics, import/export and wine. I have worked in PR, sales and admin positions in these industries, in various countries including Luxembourg, Spain, UAE, Italy and France. Most jobs required writing in English, French and sometimes Spanish or German. I speak English, French, Afrikaans, German, Spanish, Italian and Dutch. I have worked as a freelancer since 2005. Most of my translation work up to now has been for a French agency from French to English, often in the fields of telecommunications, IT, Oil and Gas, etc.