Translations

selected translations

Journalism

Why electric cars are always green (and how they could get greener) by Thalia Verkade (translated and adapted from the Dutch original here)

Bermuda? Guess again. Turns out Holland is the tax haven of choice for US companies by Jesse Frederik (translated and adapted from the Dutch original here)

This is what it was like to give a TED talk by Rutger Bregman (Dutch original here)

The Dutch Donald Trump wasn’t stopped, he was copied by Rutger Bregman (The Guardian reprinted a modified version)

How billions vanish into the black hole that is the security industry by Dimitri Tokmetzis and Maaike Goslinga (Dutch original here)

To understand the magnitude of what’s going on in South Korea, watch this short film by Jos De Putter (Dutch original here)

Eight years and 6,500 Obama photos later: How our view of the President has been meticulously crafted by Sterre Sprengers

Meet the greatest anti-poverty crusader you’ve never heard of by Sanne Blauw and Maite Vermeulen (Dutch original here)

A tree walks into a courtroom by Lynn Berger (Dutch original here)

This is the Berlin Wall of our time by Maite Vermeulen (Dutch original here)

After Brussels everything’s been said (except what almost everyone thinks) by Rob Wijnberg (Dutch original here)

How do you tell stories from a country that doesn’t want them told? by Lennart Hofman (Dutch original here)

Meet the most persecuted people in the world by Lennart Hofman (Dutch original here)

This is what goes wrong inside your head every day by Thalia Verkade (Dutch original here)

Fiction

Planet Paradroid: A psychedelic dark comedy about friendship, love, and the meaning of death (forthcoming; see Dutch original here)

The Eagleton Seal (forthcoming; see Dutch original here)

Corporate non-fiction

Simavi Annual Report 2015

Adessium Foundation Annual Report 2014

University of Twente Strategic Business Development Program


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Thanks for your interest! Before we jump in, let's make sure we're on the same page.

☑ I translate from Dutch into American English.

I'm happy to oblige if you prefer British spelling, but US-UK differences go far beyond –ise versus –ize. If you're specifically targeting a UK audience, please seek out a native Brit.

☑ I translate fiction, journalism, and corporate non-fiction.

Fiction means prose, from short stories to novel series; I don't translate poetry.

Journalism means serious reporting: investigative analyses, exposés, essays, and books that explore meaningful topics. Think ProPublica, not People Magazine; The Ethics of What We Eat, not The Bulletproof Diet.

Corporate non-fiction means all the words an NGO or company might need: annual reports, position papers, project evaluations, web pages, blog posts, newsletters, and so on. Here, "translate" is shorthand for translate, edit, and write: I'm happy to take your input in any form, from polished brochures to half-formed ideas, and help you turn it into a compelling narrative in English.

It's fine if your project is heavy on technology; I have a tech-savvy background. I don't translate medical or legal texts.

☑ Now let's talk rates.

(Nonprofits, take note: Translators without Borders and Translation Commons connect eligible nonprofits with volunteers who translate for free. You might see if their model will meet your needs first.)

I have three rates:

  • individuals, active charities:
    • € 0.10 per word / € 33 per hour
  • social enterprises, grantmaking charities:
    • € 0.15 per word / € 50 per hour
  • everyone else:
    • € 0.24 per word / € 80 per hour

An individual is an author or journalist who's paying for the translation out of her own personal pocket.

Active charities are nonprofit humanitarian and environmental groups that tangibly ease the planet's suffering—groups like Doctors Without Borders, War Child, and Oceana. The key element here is charitable work—so the Museum of Modern Art and TED, both nonprofits, don't fit here.

Grantmaking charities are nonprofit organizations that fund the work of active charities. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is an example.

A social enterprise is an organization whose primary product or service advances the public good. Tesla is a social enterprise; Ben & Jerry's is not. This is where TED falls, as well as most news outlets and environmental publishers like Island Press.

All other ventures, however small, nonprofit, or well-intentioned, fall under everyone else. This is where MoMA, Ben & Jerry's, and most publishers fit in.

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