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German is often stereotyped as a harsh, saliva-intensive language. I’m not complaining – I joke about that, too! But when it comes right down to it, it’s a beautiful language with more variety in its sound than English, which is why I offer German translation – for individuals and companies – as part of my services.
I only translate into English, not German, so working with me means you have someone who excels in that direction. Most translators only work in one direction, typically toward their native language (especially when several languages are involved), and you’ll even find many professional translators saying you can’t translate into your foreign language at the same level that you can into your native tongue. Even with languages as closely related as English and German, translation isn’t a 1:1 ratio.
Since 2013, I’ve been working at the Waterloo Centre for German Studies, where I use German in a variety of situations. I have my Hons. BA in German from Wilfrid Laurier University and my MA in German Studies from the University of Waterloo. (Both universities are in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.) I began my PhD (part-time) in German, also at the University of Waterloo, in January 2018.
Aside from my studies, I lived in Germany for three years, including two as a language assistant with the German Academic Exchange Service. Moreover, because I know how important knowledge of foreign languages is, I’m raising my two children in German. (The exciting part? When they start learning French in school and we can compare all three languages!)
I can translate and transcreate marketing collateral, news releases, media reports, articles, memoirs, and more. I specialize in the performing arts and tech industries, which combine nicely to create a wide range of topics I can work in. Contact me to discuss your translation project, and let’s see how I can help you.