I am a native Californian and began speaking French at the age of 12. After high school, I spent a year in France as a foreign exchange student. Then back in California, at West Valley College and Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies, I studied French literature, Spanish and Political Science.
I continued my studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz, with a mixed major in Economics, Sociology and French Literature. Six years later I moved to France, where I have been living in a wholly French environment for over 30 years. My French is now nearly native and I have deep knowledge of and respect for French culture.
Since 1975 I have worked in many sectors, which has allowed me to develop knowledge in a broad range of professions: Company management, Financial management, Consulting, Procurement, Franchising, Sales, Medical, IT, Training, Coaching… I began working as an independent translator in 1997.
I offer a high-quality service. What’s important in translation is not merely to reproduce the original text as closely as possible, but also to provide a superior writing style, with a fluent, expert use of language and syntax. In translating a text, the translator becomes its author in another language.
I would describe myself as meticulous, reliable, very demanding, a perfectionist. You can count on me to respect your deadlines. I work closely with my customers and am responsive to their comments and needs. I am relentless in searching for just the right words and expressions to transcribe texts into English as accurately as possible. And I do extensive research to become more knowledgeable about the subjects I translate.
For me, what’s important is not just to translate the words, but to reproduce the spirit and the meaning!
I look forward to working with you.