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Snapdragon Translations

Professional, creative translations

from Dutch, French and German into English

WHAT YOU WANT TO SAY, THE WAY YOU WANT TO SAY IT

 

You know that the quality of your texts is just as important as the quality of your products themselves.

 

A good translation is more than just an accurate translation: every text has its own style, purpose and context, and you need those to come across in the translation too. This makes a good translator absolutely vital.

 

You expect high-quality texts delivered on time. And you appreciate a reliable, personal service as well!

 

As a freelance translator living in the heart of Europe, I translate from Dutch, French and German into English, my own native language. I also provide editing and proofreading services and localisation for British English.

 

Find out more about my translation specialisations and experience below. And feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss in person how Snapdragon Translations can help you. You will find my contact details at the bottom of the page.

WHAT WE DO

From contemporary dance to fire-retardant chipboard, VAT returns to designer lighting, historically informed performance practice to the health benefits of watercress: part of the pleasure of my work is in the wildly eclectic mix of texts that turn up in my mailbox.

 

However there are some types of text I have gained particular experience in over the years, or just really enjoy translating:

TRANSLATIONS FOR THE ARTS AND CULTURAL SECTOR

 

Event programmes for your festival, exhibition or concert season

 

Texts for brochures and catalogues

 

Books and editorials

 

Artists' biographies

 

Website texts

 

Subsidy applications

 

Academic texts in the arts

BUSINESS TRANSLATIONS

 

 

Communication and promotion (brochures, websites, catalogues, press releases, event announcements, blog posts, newsletters)

 

Financial (annual reports, advice and consultancy; specialised in European VAT)

 

Administrative and legal (minutes and correspondence, general conditions of sale, contracts)

 

Product information, health and safety information, user manuals

GET IN TOUCH

 

 

Maybe you've just redesigned your website and you want it to be available in English too.

 

Or you've written an academic article in English and you'd like a native speaker to check it.

 

Perhaps you need an English version of your employment contracts... or catchy slogans for your advertising campaign.

 

Contact me to talk about your ideas.

ABOUT ME

 

I grew up in Britain and moved to Ghent, in the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium, in 2000, where I have lived ever since with my Dutch-speaking partner, dog and three cats.

 

Before starting Snapdragon Translations in 2014, I worked as an English language teacher and an organiser/administrator in the cultural sector as well as translating. I have also worked as an in-house translator for a group of companies specialising in VAT services (IT solutions and consultancy).

QUALIFICATIONS

 

2014 - IoLET Level 7 Diploma in Translation

 

Dutch to English, with distinction in business and science

Entry requirement for admission to the British Charted Institute of Linguists

 

2004 - GGS Literatuurwetenschap (Master in Literature Studies)

 

KU Leuven, Belgium

 

1999 - Bachelor of Arts in French and German

 

First Class Dual Hons., University of Sheffield, England

 

1999 - Certificaat Nederlands als Vreemde Taal

 

I am a member of 1% for the Planet. This means I am committed to donating at least one percent of my income to environmental organisations. Specifically, the translations I do for you are helping to plant new forests worldwide with WeForest and to take care of our local natural environment with Natuurpunt.

 

From 2018 onwards, I have decided to donate 1% of the total invoice price (excluding VAT). That means greater transparency for you, less maths for me, and of course more trees for all of us!

CONTACT ME

Moutstraat 32

9000 Gent

VAT BE 0542 818 334

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