I am a full-time freelance German→English translator and an active member of the American Translators Association. I recently completed an 8-year stint as president of the Northeast Ohio Translators Association, was an adjunct faculty member of Kent State University’s Institute for Applied Linguistics and a former contract linguist for the FBI.
I graduated with a double major in German and Russian from Bowling Green State University in 1992 (spent my junior year abroad in Salzburg, Austria from 1989-1990 – these photos were taken in Berlin in February 1990) and received my M.A. in German translation from Kent State University in 1995. I lived and worked in Bonn, Germany as a freelance translator and Internet researcher for six years before relocating to the U.S. (Cleveland, Ohio) in 2001.
I now work from home and am frequently overwhelmed with translation work (hence the title of this blog). Most of my work involves translating large marketing/advertising surveys and medical and IT or computer-related texts, but I also enjoy translating tourism and government-related texts. Surprisingly, I have also been translating lots of contracts lately.
I love traveling and try to visit a new city in Europe every time I go there to visit friends and clients. Next on the list are Venice and Dresden. My all-time favorite European city (besides Bonn) is Prague, followed closely by Florence and Finale Ligure on the Italian Riviera. My favorite cities in the U.S. are New Orleans, New York City, San Francisco, and Niagara Falls.
When not at the computer, I enjoy reading (especially mysteries), catching up on television shows, doing water aerobics, dining out with my Meetup.com Dining Out group, organizing events for my German language Meetup.com group, and doting on my West Highland White Terrier, Lily. Our frequent walks and trips to the dog park break up the monotony of my day.
My office hours are 10 AM to 7 PM and then 11 PM to whenever the heck I feel like going to bed (usually 1 or 2 AM), with liberal breaks scattered in between for water aerobics, dinner out with friends, running errands, or Law & Order marathons. I’m a night owl, which explains the moon in the heading.
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