Dutch is my native language. I have a university degree in translation and I’ve been a freelance translator since 2015. I am a member of the Netherlands Association of Interpreters and Translators (NGTV).
MA degree: Translation in Theory and Practice, Leiden University
My master’s degree prepared me for a career in translation through specialised courses in literary translation and legal translation as well as an advanced general translation course, giving me the tools to translate texts in a wide range of subject areas.
MA thesis: Anglicisms in translation
For my MA thesis, I wanted to research how English loanwords are used in Dutch translations as compared to texts that were originally written in Dutch. Being especially interested in culinary texts, I compiled a corpus of Dutch translated and original cookbook excerpts, then analysed and compared the use of anglicisms by translators and writers.
BA degree: English Language and Culture, Leiden University
My bachelor’s degree included courses on literature, film, writing, linguistics, and Old English and Middle English, among other things. I completed a minor at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences that included courses on group dynamics, culture and diversity, and consumer psychology. Finally, I also took a minor in translation that covered English to Dutch translation, Dutch to English translation, culture studies, and translation theory.
BA thesis: Recipe translation
For my BA thesis on recipe translation, I reviewed theories on the translation of culinary texts, identified common translation problems in existing cookbook translations, and created annotated translations for a selection of recipes and headnotes.
MOOCs and webinars
Having graduated from university, I’m always looking for other ways to keep learning about language, translation and other subjects that match my interests, such as nutrition. One of the ways I do this is by participating in webinars and MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).
On linguistics and translation:
- Corpus Linguistics: Method, Analysis, Interpretation (MOOC from Lancaster University)
On food and nutrition:
- Nutrition and Health Part 1: Macronutrients and Overnutrition (MOOC from WageningenX)
- Nutrition and Health Part 2: Micronutrients and Malnutrition (MOOC from WageningenX)
- Nutrition and Health Part 3: Food Safety (MOOC from WageningenX)
- Science & Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science (MOOC from HarvardX)
- The Ethics of Eating (MOOC from CornellX)
- Translating for the food industry (webinar at Proz.com)