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“Translation is not a matter of words only: It is a matter of making intelligible a whole culture.”
Little did I know when graduating from university with a degree in International Law and Foreign Languages, that instead of becoming a lawyer and acting on behalf of people, I would turn into an interpreter and literally become their voice. And I would love it.
Little did I know when arriving to Ireland in 2001, that English I learnt during a year spent in Indiana, USA, as an exchange student, would not even be enough to understand simple directions given to me in county Mayo. And I would later fall in love with the Irish accent.
Little did I know that my love for writing would give me endless inspiration for collaboration with authors representing different cultures. And how many fascinating encounters, adventures and discoveries would be made in the simple role of a translator, connecting people from different parts of the globe, who seem to be so different at a first glance but really are so similar…
All we need is just to start communicating with each other.
Joined the Certified Institute of Linguists (CIOL), UK
Joined the Portuguese Association of Translators and Interpreters (APTRAD)
Opened a translation agency in Dublin, Ireland
Joined the Irish Translators’ and Interpreters’ Association (ITIA)
days spent in the interpreter’s booth
birth certificates translated
cups of coffee drunk at conferences
I work as a certified translator of English<>Russian and a conference interpreter directly with clients or through translation agencies in Europe, UK and remotely.
2016 – 2018
Volunteer-coordinator of a translation department in Monte Sahaja, Portugal. My duties included selecting and training volunteers, organization of glossaries, management of translation projects (including books and subtitling), coordinating the work of the teams at events. We had teams of translators and interpreters in more than 12 languages.
Owner of the translation agency: Instant Translation at 99 Upper George’s St., Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. My duties included managing translation and interpreting projects, maintaining the database of translators and interpreters, performing certified translations and conferece interpreting.
Part time teacher at Dublin City University, Ireland
Teaching practical modules on consecutive interpretation within the Community Interpreting course
Teacher of English at Dorset College, 66 Dorset St. Lwr., Dublin, Ireland
Secretary at Conor O’Briain Solicitors, 16 North King St., Dublin 7, Ireland
Freelance journalist at Nasha Gazeta, O’Connell St. Lwr., Dublin 1, Ireland
Freelance translator and interpreter working in Ireland through agencies at the United Nations Commissioner for Refugees, Reception and Integration Agency, courts, hospitals, immigration bureau / GNIB, police / Garda Síochána and other organizations
Stand assistant with knowledge of English and German at the world exhibition EXPO, Hannover, Germany under a contract with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus
Education & Qualifications
Completed an online Literary Translation Summer School at University of Bristol
Completed an advance online course 14 Day Challenge Retrain for Remote Interpreting at Proz.com
2010 - 2011
Completed a Certified Localization Professional course at the Institute of Localization Professionals, 78 Iona Road, Dublin 9, Ireland
Preparatory course FE1 for Law Society of Ireland at Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
Obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in International Law and Foreign Languages (English and German) at the Belarusian State University, Minsk, Republic of Belarus
Graduated with honours from Noblesville High School, Noblesville, Indiana, USA upon completion of the student exchange program
Graduated with a silver medal from Gymnasium №195 in Minsk, Republic of Belarus
What I Do When I Am Not Translating
©Tatiana Kovalenko 2020