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I have always had a passion for the English language, from as early on as translating my first ever text from English to German—the lyrics to Michael Jackson’s duet with Paul McCartney, The Girl Is Mine. I admit that I received a little help from my father at the time, as I was only 7 years old. Translating the song opened up a whole new world of meaning for me.
Fast forward to 30 years and one US high school diploma, one Bachelor of Arts in American and English literature, various years spent abroad in English speaking countries, countless video games, and a handful of bilingual customer service jobs later, and here I was starting out as a video game translator with Big Fish Games. In combining my passions for the English language and video gaming, I felt that I had finally found my calling. After having received excellent training and valuable job experience with Big Fish for two years, I decided to go rogue in 2014 and become a freelance translation ninja.
Freelance localization translator
Since starting my own freelance business, I have worked on many different types of text for numerous localization projects. You can find more information on my past and ongoing projects in my portfolio.
Before I went into business as a freelance localization translator, I held a variety of jobs over the years. I am only listing the ones here that directly benefited my knowledge about gaming and video game localization.
Big Fish Games Ireland Ltd.
February 2012–December 2013
Blizzard Entertainment Ireland Ltd.
Customer Service Representative
October 2010–January 2012
University of Hamburg, Germany
Bachelor of Arts
Grade: A (1.0)
I majored in American Studies at the University of Hamburg, with English Studies and Educational Studies as minor subjects. My main focus lay on American and English literature, as well as Adult Education.
University of Cambridge, UK
Certificate of Proficiency in English
(license number 956DE0078024)
According to the University of Cambridge, "Proficiency (CPE) is our highest-level qualification—proof that you can speak like a native."
SDL Trados Studio for Translators
As SDL Trados Studio is my preferred CAT tool, I have taken the three examinations available to translators.
"[Kit] is incredibly helpful and knowledgeable. I hope that we get to work together again soon."
SVP of Projects, Green Man Gaming
"I had the distinct pleasure to work with [Kit] as part of our localization and translation efforts for several years. As a translator, she possesses unique skills and has the rare talent to craft near flawless translations that flow. She is a pure joy to work with."
Senior Localization Manager, Big Fish Games, Inc.
"[Kit] is a well-organized, reliable and talented translator. She is always open to take on new challenges and tackles them very well. She predominantly translates English into German for Gameforge but is also open to doing reviews of German texts which have been translated from Korean. All the translations she does for us are done within memoQ. She has good knowledge of memoQ and uses all the advantages it provides."
Head of Games Localization at Gameforge 4D GmbH
"I worked with [Kit] in the same company for almost two years and can only recommend her to anyone who is looking for engaging, culturally appropriate, and creative translations and a speedy service. [Kit] never compromises quality for quantity but is very capable of producing high-quality translations within a short amount of time. [Kit] helped me brainstorm new copy for a variety of texts ranging from product descriptions to website terminology and software translations. She always knows what the customer wants and will consider this in her translation. [Kit] also worked as my backup as a community manager for the company’s German Facebook page and did a fantastic job interacting with the customers. I can only recommend [Kit] as a highly skilled translator who loves what she is doing, and as a very capable copywriter, editor and proofreader"
Senior Copywriter, Big Fish Games Ireland Ltd.
"[Kit] is not only talented and creative in her translations, but also remarkably efficient, professional and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend her for her amazing translations and always reliable service."
Localization Project Coordinator, Big Fish Games Ireland Ltd.
"[Kit] proved herself as a diligent and responsible translator. She is also very easy-going and a good mixer. I cannot recommend her enough as an experienced professional and a great personality easy to work with. Thanks for your services! We look forward to working with you again."
Project Manager, Big Way Games
“I had the pleasure of working with [Kit] when we were both localization translators at Big Fish Games where she was consistently praised for the quality of her translations. This is in addition to her expansive knowledge of games and of the gaming terminology, her expertise in dealing with the tricky parts of localization, her technical skills and her dedication to delivering perfect work – always on time. This makes [Kit] the perfect translator for any localization project, from games to apps, to website localization. [Kit] always strives to leave no stone unturned, to use the perfect word and to improve as a translator by constantly learning new things. She has the very inquisitive mind that all good translators need. Most importantly, her lovely personality is bound to ensure that anyone working with her will have great fun. I can't recommend her highly enough.“
Freelance Localization Translator @ TheFrenchalizer.com
Note on the name in square brackets: I changed the name in the original recommendations after I changed my first name.