As freelance translator for German and English, most of my work is done in the field of technical and software localisation. Localisation means adapting a software and its documentation to match the linguistic and cultural requests of a country. The three most important components when translating software are the user interface, online help, and documentation (manuals, quick start guides, etc.). In this process, special attention has to be laid on converting formats such as currency, date and time settings.

What I like most about my job is the wide variety of subjects and topics I get into contact with. Naturally, this requires great flexibility and broad knowledge in many different areas.

And of course, while working on a project my main focus is on presenting a result the customer is absolutely happy with. So it is never enough to simply "translate". The challenge for a translator is to familiarize with specific customer requests, keep the complexity of the task in mind and develop a feeling for the appropriate style that makes a translation not only correct but also understandable.

Are you planning to localise your website? Do you need the online help or documentation of your software translated? Or have you developed a brand-new software that needs to be localised for the German market?

To make sure that the programming code of your software remains untouched, I work with state of the art translation tools that protect code in the files sent for translation. With the help of Translation Memory Tools, it is also possible to convert your files into Word.doc or .rtf format before starting on the actual translation.
In this way, glossaries or already existing translations (or a memory) can be used for the translation at hand, thus keeping all your texts consistent in terms of terminology and style.

During the 3 years I spent as translator and project manager in a Munich based localisation company, I worked on projects from various fields of technical documentation. These included, among others, translations on the following subjects:

  • mechanical engineering

  • electrical engineering

  • steel production