Freelance translator profile for Marcel

Translator's name:Marcel
Lanaguage pair:English to Spanish translator
Country of residence:Spain
Activity:Acitive since 2012
Membership status:Basic member

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I hold a BSc degree in Engineering, plus a Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE) (University of Ann Arbor, Mich, USA).

I have been active in the Marketing and Exports sales of Industrial goods, up to Commercial Director, 1974 to 2005, and I have been involved in both translating (English / Spanish, both ways) and writing (also in both languages) throughout, though it was all started in a casual way. When needing to translate sales literature, technical manuals, specs and copy, I found that both MY translations and my originals worked better, and that's how I got involved -what with close deadlines, extensive travel in between and meetings.

So I know -firsthand- about the pressures, the deadlines and everything: Considering that I was both the translator AND the client, that I knew firsthand also when -and why- I wanted it done by a deadline, and that it was me at the receiving end (or that I alone was responsible for missing a deadline for a tender, for instance, not to mention that it was me too at the meetings involved), I KNOW that better than most... And this is why I hold no portfolio.

All of which means that, since I was both the translator and the client (until recently, so personal references are now available: See WWA section, top right corner this page) I have never bothered to gather references or (for starters) becoming a member of a proper professional association and getting proper credentials