The English language has always been special to me. For as long as I can remember I have preferred reading books in English. I’m Dutch, but recent DNA research has shown that I’m originally more than 50% English, perhaps maybe that explains my passion for the language.
In the year 2000, I seriously considered making a living out of translating but due to circumstances, I never got around to doing it for real. So, a few years ago I found myself unhappy in my day job, I thought why don’t I do something I really enjoy? That was when I had finally begun the start of my career in translation that I had dreamt of many years back.
As a freelancer, I have worked on many diverse projects, most of the time small assignments, from translating old postcards to tourism websites about destinations like Malaysia and many cities all around the world. I have also translated beauty products, from body paint to glitter face make up for children, as well as several health and fitness products.
Recently, I translated a website for a company who rents out bird hides in the Netherlands, and I also did a business plan for a newly founded spring water bottling company. Right now, I am currently working on a website for a company that sells corporate teambuilding experiences and wants to expand its business to the Netherlands. The SDL Online Translation Editor is just what I needed. As a freelance translator, I can use the Editor to translate on any computer and even my iPad, open my browser and start working. I love the fact that I can apply formatting while translating. The finished documents I download look great!
One of the things I love about translating is the diversity of the subjects, I love doing research, and I pride myself on delivering the best translation possible. When the client is happy, I’m delighted. Of course, sometimes it can be a struggle, the text is difficult when the content is technical or it contains a lot of compounds. In those cases, I rely on the SDL translation editor to help me. It also helps me deal with the syntax and sentence clause structure and it saves me from typing a lot too! The quality of my work has even improved after I started using this tool. Who could ask for more?