Member since Sep '17

Working languages:
French to English

Melanie Kathan
Specialist in tourism & marketing

Local time: 03:09 EST (GMT-5)

Native in: English Native in English
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Sep 17, 2019 (posted via  Just finished translating the subtitles for a French travel show, about to start translating an article on cocktails! ...more, + 4 other entries »
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Account type Freelance translator and/or interpreter, Identity Verified Verified member
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Services Translation, Editing/proofreading, Copywriting, Transcription, Software localization, Subtitling, Interpreting, Voiceover (dubbing), Training
Specializes in:
General / Conversation / Greetings / LettersTourism & Travel
Textiles / Clothing / FashionMarketing / Market Research
Business/Commerce (general)Cosmetics, Beauty
Food & DrinkMusic

KudoZ activity (PRO) PRO-level points: 14, Questions answered: 10
Portfolio Sample translations submitted: 1
Translation education Master's degree - University of Wisconsin-Madison
Experience Years of translation experience: 5. Registered at Jun 2010. Became a member: Sep 2017. Certified PRO certificate(s) N/A
Credentials French to English (University of Wisconsin-Madison, verified)
French (University of Wisconsin-Madison, verified)
Memberships N/A
Software Indesign, MemSource Cloud, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office Pro, Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, SDL TRADOS
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Professional objectives
  • Meet new translation company clients
  • Buy or learn new work-related software
  • Meet new end/direct clients
  • Screen new clients (risk management)

My working languages:

French and English

My specializations: Travel and tourism, marketing and business, fashion and beauty, literature, arts and culture, education, food and drink, general conversation

Services I offer:
-Translation of website text, travel guides, academic articles, product descriptions, and more. 
-Editing/proofreading of texts written in English (by both native English speakers and non-native English speakers.)
-Interpretation, voice-over, subtitling, transcription, copywriting

My experience:

As an American with a Masters degree in French Studies who lived in France for five years before moving to French-speaking Canada, I am equally at ease in both French and English. My work as a French and English teacher has given me a unique insight into both languages, their similarities and differences, and the importance of nuance when moving from one to the other.

Recent translation projects:
Translation of 70,000 words of travel guides for international hotel chain
Translation of 5 magazine articles for French-based engineering company
Translation of subtitles for a French television show

Relevant work experiences:
2017-current Freelance English teacher, editor, and translator
2015-17 Lecturer in English at the University of Avignon in Avignon, France
2014-15 Freelance editing consultant, and translator in Madison, WI, USA
2011-12 Captioning assistant for Captel in Madison, WI, USA
2010-15 Freelance French tutor in Madison, WI, USA
2009-10 English teaching assistant at the Ecole Primaire Jean Jaures in Bordeaux, France
2006-09 French tutor at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, USA

My education:
2012-14 Professional French Masters Degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison
Concentration in Arts, Media, and Cultural Production
Graduated with honors
2005-09 Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and French Studies, minor in music from Lawrence University
Graduated with honors

Keywords: french, subtitles, travel, tourism, food, drink, fashion, beauty, lifestyle, culture, editing, translation, proofreading, interpretation, transcription, art, literature, music, science, history, conversation, education, communication

Profile last updated
Feb 12

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