Languages

Mother tongue(s):  English and Spanish
Other language(s): Portuguese and German (Basic level)

I have a native background in both languages ever since I started to talk. I grew up in South Africa where I did all my schooling up to high school and later worked in a shipping agency during six months. My English has been kept active, since I left South Africa, as my home language is English due to my marriage with an English-speaking person, and to my 35 years of professional work.

Computer skills and competences

I have been working with computers since 1989.

Good command of Microsoft Office tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access). Good knowledge to handle graphic designs.

I have made quite some presentations (in 1997 one of my PowerPoint presentations promoting an engineering plant was running automatically in a PC in Duro Felguera's stand in the PROMA-Bilbao Trade Fair).

I designed brochures and catalogues for my latter company, and due to this experience I have no problems handling text, images, tables, graphics, etc. in Microsoft Office formats.

I format all translated documents to mirror the original source document.

Personal skills and competences

Adaptability: I am able to fit in rapidly to different situations and work effectively with different people given to the multicultural country where I grew up.

Teamwork: I have a team spirit, have always enjoyed teamwork in my former jobs, and as a freelancer I was given the opportunity to work in a "virtual" team, and it was a very positive and pleasant experience.

Working under pressure: Good ability to cope with deadlines, multiple tasks and don't lose control gained through many years of working experience

Experience

I have been working as a full time freelance translator for over seven years. During this time, I have translated web pages, engineering and law documents, education texts, questionnaires, books, among other documents. Please visit my Project History to see some of my projects with feedback from clients.

My experience as an in-house translator was achieved during 19 years I worked in the environmental engineering company, Befesa Fluidos, S.A. in Spain (first owner was Duro Felguera Group and later it was bought by Befesa Agua which belonged to Abengoa). I carried out technical translations of water treatment plants, biological plants, reverse osmosis plants, ash handling systems, electrofilters, fans, power energy, etc. Also translated business, law and financial documents, mainly Spanish>English but also English>Spanish.

9 years in the following shipping companies: Consortium Line (Johannesburg), Jotabe Marítima, S.A. (from Marmedsa Group) and Naviera García-Miñaur, S.A., daily using Spanish and English (written and spoken).

Memberships

I am Member No. 1522 of ASETRAD (Asociación Española de Traductores, Correctores e Intérpretes) (The Spanish Association of Translators, Copy-editors and Interpreters)

Volunteer worker and collaborator of Doctor Armando Foundation (DAF) 

Organisational skills and competences

Perseverance: I achieved getting established as an independent worker through setting personal goals, planning and working very hard towards that aim, overcoming difficulties in the process.

Planning and organising: managing time effectively and prioritising multiple activities gained through my years of working experience as executive bilingual secretary.

Problem solving: finding, evaluating and implementing a solution also gained through my working experience.