About

I am an English-to-German translator, certified by the American Translators Association, working in the areas of electronics, telecommunications, computer software and hardware, as well as corporate communications. My niche specialties are optics and image processing, with video, photography, and printing as related fields. You can find all the details in my profile at LinkedIn, or you can e-mail me using the form on the Contact page.

After studying German linguistics, my first work was compiling entries in the dictionary department of Collins Publishers in Scotland. From there, it was a relatively small step to translating, not least since it gave me the opportunity to drill down into the many different subjects I was interested in.

In Tokyo during the 80s, I incorporated, hired in-house translators and designers, and branched out into phototypesetting and layout. The ventures were quite successful, but they taught me that what I wanted to do was translate, not run a business. In the early 90s, I sold my interest in the company and concentrated on translation work. I’ve been a full-time freelance translator ever since, working for agencies and direct clients in the U.S., Germany, the U.K., Japan, and Hong Kong.

What I bring to the table is a wealth of experience in my core subjects, solid writing skills in my native language, immunity to faddish misuses of German, the humility to stay away from subjects I don’t know anything about, and the insight of having been “on the other side,” coordinating translation projects for many years. As a balance to my translation work, I offer web development for local clients, and I’ve been writing a blog, Translate This!, since 2003 – mainly about translation and translation-related subjects, but not entirely.

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  • Translation is only one of many language-related services. Go to Services and find out how else I can assist you.
  • If you want to know how much it would cost to translate your documents, go to Quotes to find out what goes into a translation job and to request a quote on-line.