Frequently asked questions

1Do you work with translation agencies and/or direct clients?
Over the years, I have worked with both agencies and direct clients.
2Do you have a team of editors or proofreaders you work with?
I generally focus on one aspect of a translation project only, either the translation, editing or proofreading part. However, over the years, I have built a large network of professional and knowledgeable linguists, and would be happy to either recommend someone or work with them directly as a team.
3Are you certified and/or do you have a translation degree?
I am certified by the American Translators Association for translation from English into Dutch and have successfully completed a four-year Bachelor degree program in translation at the 'Hogeschool West-Nederland voor Vertaler en Tolk' in The Hague, the Netherlands. In addition, I also have a BEd in math and physics education and an MS in physics.
4Which CAT (Computer-Assisted Translation) tools do you use?
I am a certified user of SDL Trados Studio and also have experience using memoQ, Memsource, SDL Passolo, and other CAT tools.

The importance of consistent terminology in medical and technical translations, as well as the highly repetitive nature of technical writing, makes the use of CAT tools using translation memories and terminology databases appropriate and even desirable.
5What do you do for quality assurance?
Although most CAT tools have their own quality assurance features, I usually also run the translation through a program called Xbench before delivering it to the client.
6Do you have experience with cloud-based translation platforms?
Absolutely. Cloud-based translation platforms are centralized, secure, and often have fully integrated terminology and translation memories. I regularly work with Memsource and the Lingotek portal, and am always happy to learn any new tools.
7What payment methods do you accept?
For clients in the US, I prefer to be paid by check. This is usually the slowest method of payment, but does not involve any transaction fees. For European clients, a wire transfer in euros to my Dutch bank account is the preferred method. PayPal is also an option; it is secure, fast, easy to use, and works well with clients outside of the U.S. Credit cards are accepted through PayPal.