Iam a native British English speaker, but contrary to popular stereotypes, I’ve been passionate about languages from a young age. My love for languages began almost 20 years ago when I started learning French at an after-school club, which I was inspired to join after several family holidays to France.

Throughout my time at school, French was always one of my favourite subjects, so I went on to study a BA in Modern Languages, during which I began learning Spanish. As part of my degree, I spent a year living abroad, which I split between working in France and studying in Spain and Portugal. Over the course of my BA, I discovered a love for translation and subtitling, so I decided to study an MA in Translation Studies, in which I specialised in French, Spanish and subtitling. I studied the course part-time, so I was able to live and work in Spain at the same time. This allowed me to further improve my language skills and cultural knowledge. I also met my boyfriend there! I was delighted to finish the MA with a distinction and a prize for the best dissertation!

Once I had completed my MA and moved back to England, I began working full-time as a freelance translator and subtitler, and I haven’t looked back since!

Katie L Ward Translator

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INTERESTS

When I’m not working, one of my favourite things to do is travel.
I often travel to French-speaking and Spanish-speaking countries,
which also helps me to keep up my language skills
and cultural knowledge.

Apart from travelling, I also enjoy TV and film, reading, music, yoga, photography, baking and pretty much anything creative.
I’m also an animal lover, especially those of the feline variety!

MEMBERSHIPS

Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI)

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As a member, I adhere to and uphold
the ITI Code of Professional Conduct.

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CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD)

I believe CPD is incredibly important as a translator. As such, I am committed to planning, carrying out and keeping a record of my professional development. Some examples of my recent CPD activities include:

  • Attending the Institute of Translation and Interpreting Conference 2019
  • Attending The Language Show
  • Webinars on subtitling
  • Webinars on medical translation
  • Institute of Translation and Interpreting webinars
  • Coursera Grammar and Punctuation course
  • Proz.com virtual conferences
  • SEO training
  • Certified MemoQ training
  • Reading in French and Spanish
  • Watching films and TV in French and Spanish.

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