LANGUAGES

German – Italian
English – Italian

That’s all?!?
Let’s get this straight: having an excellent background in grammar, being able to play with words, and recognizing the various nuances of meaning are invaluable for proper translation. With one’s own mother tongue this is difficult enough; with a foreign language, almost impossible.
Aside from a few rare exceptions, I firmly believe that proper translation can only be achieved to one’s own mother tongue. I can’t help but grin every time I see the astonishment and disappointment of those to whom I confess that I only translate from English and German. I think the word “translation” is frequently associated with multilingualism and the thorough knowledge of a thousand idioms, without taking into account that only a native speaker or a long-time foreign resident is able to catch the nuances of the vocabulary and the lexical evolution. Because of this, I always invite people to be suspicious of those who translate into foreign languages. This is why, even if I am bilingual, I resist translating into German, except for generic texts, that I always have reviewed and proof-read by another professional who is native to the tongue.

RATES

It is impossible to state a standard rate, even more so in times where we are facing fierce undercutting that almost always compromises good quality. Some prefer per word rates, others per page, others per line. I respond to my customers’ needs and provide ad hoc quotes. Using Trados, a CAT tool (computer-assisted translation), I am able to offer discounts for repetitions within a text or for ongoing projects. Please, feel free to get in touch with me by using my contact information.

FIELDS OF EXPERTISE

Towards the beginning of my career I dealt with many different kinds of texts. However, the more time has passed, the more I have focused on specific fields to which I am better suited. Quite simply, I took my passions and made them my specialties, thus becoming an expert translator of tourism, marketing, publicity, gastronomy, coffee, fashion and cosmetics – all areas where I can give voice to my creativity and adapt the translation to various target audiences.

A special mention deserve wine and beer. In March 2013 I completed the first level of a course for sommeliers, which I attended to acquire the knowledge and terminology necessary to translate in these utmost fascinating fields. Wine, viniculture, tasting, sparkling wine, fortified wine and beer don’t have any secrets for me now.

Here’s an overview of what I translate:

  • travle & tourism
  • marketing & publicity (corporate magazines, catalogues, newsletters, websites)
  • gastronomy
  • wine & viniculture
  • beer
  • coffee
  • fashion
  • cosmetics

INTRODUCING MYSELF

Belgian great-grandmother, German grandparents, German mother, Sicilian father – with this parentage I was granted a knack for languages! Although I was born and raised in Italy, I have been speaking German with my mother and Italian with my father since I was a little girl, thus developing a remarkable sensitivity for both languages, a sensitivity virtually impossible to acquire through studying alone. My special gift and passion for languages have allowed me to easily learn English as well, which I write and speak fluently.

Following in the footsteps of my mother, who graduated in translation at the University of Heidelberg and was a successful translator herself, I decided to attend the Civica Scuola Superiore per Interpreti e Traduttori in Milan. I obtained my qualification in 2001 with a perfect grade of 110/110 and have been working as a freelancer ever since.