|I was born on 27th June 1950 in Meaux (in today’s department of Seine-et-Marne, approx. 70 km east of Paris) and spent my childhood near Pau in south-western France, in the region of Aquitaine, formerly in the possession of the kings of England. Aside from this historical background, I had the opportunity to grow up and develop in a French-Occitan environment. My daily contact, both passive and active, with standard French and culturally sophisticated Occitan instilled in me a feeling for language and opened my eyes at a very early age to the importance of the diversity of language. From this experience grew the desire to learn and practice foreign languages – purely out of interest at first, then with the aim of turning a calling into a profession – a dream that also came true.
In parallel with a 2-year undergraduate course in law at the “Centre d’Études Juridiques Françaises” at Saarland University, I was able to improve my language skills with the aim of passing the entrance examination and gaining a place at the Institute for Interpreters at the same university. After serving my year of military service, which was then still compulsory in France, I embarked straightaway on my studies.
Immediately after obtaining the title of “State-certified Translator” in 1977, I successfully completed the first translation orders.
It was however the academic title of “Graduate Translator” in German, English and Dutch (specialist subject: law) which I was subsequently awarded that I was finally able to gain a firm foothold in the world of translation.
In addition to a 3-year period as a staff translator with ARTE Strasbourg from 1996 until 2000, I developed and intensified my freelance work in numerous areas of specialisation.
On an anecdotal note I would also like to mention that I have been learning Korean for some time now, which is an enriching challenge for me, on both a cultural and a linguistic level.
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Swearing-in certificate (PDF file)
Translator’s diploma (PDF file)
State translator’s certificate (PDF file)
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