Christopher Keen BA Dip Trans (IoLET) MCIL MITI 

I am a freelance translator now living in North Wiltshire, in the United Kingdom. I studied languages first at school and then at the University of Southampton, from which I was awarded a Combined Honours Degree in French and Spanish. I spent each summer vacation working in Spain, in paperback book distribution, and a full academic year teaching English in a French lycée.

After graduation, I enjoyed a highly successful career, spanning some 35 years, in sales, management and business development, much of which was spent in an international environment. My work took me around the world, to almost every country of mainland Europe, the United States and across the Asia-Pacific region. My employers included Kalamazoo, NCR, Acorn, Concurrent and Harmonic.

During this period, I worked in a number of industry sectors, including publishing, automotive, computer systems, telecommunications and digital television. I also gained considerable experience of finance, business administration, marketing, contract negotiation, mergers and acquisitions.

My linguistic background meant that I was frequently asked to produce translations of commercial and technical material, such as tender documentation. This led me to study for the prestigious Diploma in Translation from the Chartered Institute of Linguists, which I passed in January 2005. I have since been accepted as a full member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists as well as of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting.

I have been engaged in translation activities on a full-time basis since 2008 as the proprietor of my own company, Lenguability. I only accept work that I am competent to handle and shall always reply promptly and honestly to any enquiry.

If you require translation from English into French or Spanish, as a member of various networks for translators, I should be pleased to make an introduction to colleagues who are native speakers of those languages respectively. Alternatively, the following organisations may be able to help you:

Chartered Institute of Linguists

Institute of Translation and Interpreting

ITI Western Regional Group

A brief profile can be found at proz.com and at linkedin.com. A full CV can be downloaded from here.

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