Member since May '19

Working languages:
English to Farsi (Persian)
Farsi (Persian) (monolingual)
English (monolingual)
Farsi (Persian) to English
French to Farsi (Persian)

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July 2019

Ali Sharifi
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New York, New York, United States
Local time: 05:14 EDT (GMT-4)

Native in: Farsi (Persian) Native in Farsi (Persian)
What Ali Sharifi is working on
Jul 16 (posted via  I am translating articles about fruit trees' diseases. ...more, + 3 other entries »
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Account type Freelance translator and/or interpreter, Identity Verified Verified member
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Services Translation, Interpreting, Editing/proofreading, Training
Specializes in:
Law (general)Social Science, Sociology, Ethics, etc.
Finance (general)

KudoZ activity (PRO) PRO-level points: 4, Questions answered: 100, Questions asked: 3
Project History 0 projects entered
Portfolio Sample translations submitted: 3
Translation education Master's degree - The New School for Social Research
Experience Years of translation experience: 31. Registered at Mar 2018. Became a member: May 2019. Certified PRO certificate(s) N/A
Credentials English to Farsi (Persian) (B.A from Tehran University, verified)
Memberships N/A
Software Adobe Acrobat, MateCat, memoQ, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office Pro, Microsoft Word, Wordfast Anywhere, Ms. Word , Wordfast
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Professional objectives
  • Stay up to date on what is happening in the language industry
  • Help or teach others with what I have learned over the years
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My love of English language changed my entire career, from studying law to the study of English language and literature in Tehran University in mid-1960's. I was immediately rewarded at that very young age with a teaching job at  Air Force  Language School where I became familiar with American system of teaching and the application of SOP (Standard Operation Procedure) in class, and with use of slangs in the army. During my military service, instead of being sent to remote areas of the country,  like my fellow country men from other branches of study, I was kept in capital near my relatives as instructor of English for high ranking officers  of  the army who needed further English instruction to go to the United States military academy. 

After my military service, I passed an English test which opened the door to another great opportunity of scholarship to study economics at Maryland State University for 18 months as young economist for the Plan Organisation of Iran.

It is to the five-year period of my work as a loan officer in Plan Organisation that I owe my knowledge of, and familiarity with, legal terminology of international agreements, legal opinion and promissory notes. It was in the same period that I translated my first book from English into Farsi, The Story of Gandhi, by Taya Zinkin, which was published by a major publishing house in Iran in 1975.

The decade 1970's was a period of major change in Iran. The increase in the price of oil brought vast wealth to the country; businesses started booming. I had fulfilled my obligation toward government of working for  five years against the expenses of my scholarship. I left the public and joined the private sector.

Private sector was a new field of experience. As head of foreign section of a car assembling company, the new field involved following supply orders, exchanging communications about price increase, and price negotiations, trips to the United States as interpreter and assistant to the CEO of the company.

During the trips to the United States, I used the free time I had to search book stores to find books to quench the thirst that I had for new knowledge. Among the books most appealing to me were those related to sociology and specially the discipline of phenomenology, in which, I thought,  I could discover the secret of the appearances. I bought many books in sociology and devoted all my free time to study them.

The fascination with sociology led to departure for U.S.A. to follow it. During a year and half I received my M.A. and completed the required courses, oral and written exams for Ph.D. But the revolution stopped everything. I could not receive funds from Iran and I had to work full time to support my family. 

The new phase of my life was what I had never imagined it: salesman of oriental carpets. Soon, the job became a passion for color, design, art and artisianship. Sociey became a fabric made of millions of knots of relationship, some fine like knots of Persian silk carpets and some coarse but beautiful like Turkish Oushak carpets. Involved was also knowing New York oriental carpet district, its merchants, price negotiation, dealing with  designers and architect, getting to know people, and I loved it.

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Total pts earned: 8
PRO-level pts: 4

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Keywords: English and Farsi translations.Fidelity, exactitude, punctuality, faithfulness. Client satisfaction, guarantee, on time delivery, honor, , ponctuel, digne de confiance, faire, just, honorable, mutually agreeable, best rate, promises kept, finance, financial agreements, loans, negotiations, disputes, English correspondence, Farsi documents, poems, poetry translation, communications, verbal, written, endorsement, validity authentication, verification, bilingual, multilingual, adaption, environmental friendly, nature lover, confidence, confidential, secret, value, business correspondence, financial affairs, loan negotiation, mutual agreement, education, literature, commitment, patents, formulation.

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