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English ✏ French   Chinese ✏ French



Translator's detailed profile




Translation Languages
As a French native speaker, I practice the profession of translator in two language pairs: from English into French and from Chinese into French. The Chinese language concerns the Simplified Chinese, i.e. Mandarin, and the Traditional Chinese from Taïwan.

Sworn translations
As a sworn translator for the chinese language, I am entitled by the Court of Appeal of Orleans to carry out sworn translations, also called official or certified translations, from Chinese into French, both for companies and private individuals.

Diplomas and education
The translation diploma I completed is a University Degree of General Translator with specialized orientation (technical, legal, economics and business) by the University of Rennes II (France). At the time I selected this course, I was regularly carrying out in-house translations within a company in a trilingual sales-assistant position (French, English and Chinese) for several years. The aim was to improve my proficiency as a professional translator and furthermore to get a recognized translator diploma.
At the same time, I passed a level diploma in Chinese, the advanced level of the HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi). This diploma turns out to be quite difficult to pass for foreigners used to writing Chinese with a computer, since the exam requires handwriting of the Chinese characters. In order to give a telling example, this can be compared to ask you to draw a screw, a salamander and an engine: in your mind, you can visualize the three elements perfectly and you can right away identify it on a screen, but when it comes to draw it promptly and exactly, that is another story!
A copy of both diplomas is enclosed hereafter:

Translator's Diploma     Diploma in Chinese HSK     Click on image to enlarge

Translation specialties
Whether it comes to translation, proofreading of documentation, layout, website or software localization, or even to video subtitling, you can rely on me to cover your needs. My first specialty of translation concerns the smartcard industry, i.e. the smartcard printing and personalization systems, mailing and packaging systems, secure ID programs, biometry and data management. I namely carried out the French localization of the Datacard Group website, as well as many datasheets which can be downloaded on the website.
My second translation specialization concerns the Information Technology (Software - Hardware) area and software localization. As an example, I produced the French version of ID Works software. What is more, HTML, PHP, CSS and SEO languages hold no secrets for me; and namely, this very website is truly homemade, created with the only use of Notepad+.
This little symbol promotes the correct coding of my website: CSS Valid!
Another of my specialty relates to marketing, i.e. the translation of advertising documents, catalogs, market studies, commercial brochures and other kinds of communications. I give particular importance to transcreation (creative translation).
My translation specialties also include the petroleum industry, and namely all about gas stations, gauges and tanks, metrology, as well as biofuels. Amongst others, I translated a large study related to bioethanol.
Beyond these specializations of translation, I am thus an experienced translator in the following fields: technical (specification sheets, instruction leaflets, maintenance manuals, standards, patents, quality manuals), administrative (tenders, financial reports, business plan, releases, human resources, training) and legal (contracts, licensing, judgments, powers).
Some other non-listed above fields of translation may also fall within my area of responsibility, do not hesitate to send me a request.

CAT tools
I work with SDL Trados Studio 2017 software as CAT tool (Computer-Aided Translation), both for the English language and for the Chinese language. Here is a link toward my SDL certification page. I also work with Alchemy Catalyst 12.0 when doing software localization. Upon request, I can also use the Wordfast software.

Memberships
I am currently an active member of Aprotrad, a French professional organisation of translators located in Orleans in France, i.e the little sister of the SFT, the French union of professional translators, and I adhere to their Code of Professional Conduct.
Besides, I am a free member of the Proz community, please follow this link to find my ProZ profile.
I also take part in different Linkedin discussion groups and various mailing lists specialized in the translation industry.

Translation samples
In order to consult some samples of translation English > French and Chinese > French that I performed, please feel free to visit my blog Chine ouvre-toi! Indeed, the articles displayed on this blog are French translations, whose author is myself, of interesting articles related to China and the Chinese language available in English or in Chinese over the web.


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