In February 2015, after 5 years based in London, I moved to Cáceres, Extremadura, where I continue to provide translation and interpreting services.
Cáceres is famous for jamón ibérico and all things pork related, but also home to renewable energy initiatives, stunning landscapes, and diverse fauna and flora. It also shares a border with Portugal with which it enjoys a special relationship arising from a common history. A new era, with new partnerships on the horizon.
MA (Dist) in Translation and Interpreting (2011) University of Westminster
BA Hons 2:1 in Hispanic Studies with distinction in spoken Portuguese (2009) University of Birmingham
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Postgraduate Diploma in Renewable Energies (2010) EUDE, Madrid (distance learning)
The language part
Languages have been an important part of my life ever since I can remember.
It started with a serious interest in French and Latin, but the discovery of Spanish, the language, the culture and the land was nothing short of a love affair. I spent vast periods of my adolescence in a small town in Murcia, which is where I learnt how to speak, eat and live Spanish.
I expanded my love and knowledge of the Iberian Peninsula with Portuguese studies at University, and spent my ERASMUS year abroad studying in Lisbon, gaining access to the Portuguese soul, and also a glimpse at the spirit of Brazil, Angola and Mozambique too.
Since then I have primarily split my time between Spain and London, with visits to Portugal and a brief sojourn as a team leader on a volunteer project in the Brazilian Sertão. During the project I lived and worked with a small rural community, which opened my eyes and ears to a new variety of Portuguese, and gave me a taste of a different life.
The translation part
I started working as a translator and interpreter after completing the Translation and Interpreting Master’s at Westminster University in 2011. During this time I have worked as an interpreter in medical, business and not-for-profit settings, and have translated primarily in the areas of sustainability, medicine and pharmacy, and international development.
I also had the pleasure of working on the translation team for the new Oxford Portuguese-English dictionary project (released 2015). My experience of translating documents in other areas includes criminal law and civil engineering.
Life is a journey, and learning is a constant part of it. While in London I regularly attended meetings, political, scientific and cultural in my areas of specialisation and interest. Now in Cáceres I continue to regularly attend CPD events, both in person and on-line, and am using my location to hone my language skills, both in Spanish and Portuguese. Here are some examples of CPD I have undertaken recently.