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Do your German texts need to reach an international audience?

Let’s talk about how I can help you take your words to the world.


If you have a German text that needs translating, you might be very clear about your budget and your deadline, for example. But as a professional translator, I am trained to consider a number of other important questions that arise at this point, such as:

  • is a full translation of the whole text required, or would excerpts or a summary be sufficient?
  • in what context is the translation going to be used and who are the likely readers?
  • what is the appropriate style and tone for the translation?

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I will discuss these issues with you in advance, so you can be sure of receiving a translation which fully meets your needs.

The UK Institute of Translation and Interpreting has produced a useful guide to buying translation, which can be accessed via the ITI’s website here.

 

My areas of specialisation

I specialise in the translation of the following types of content:

European history and culture

The focus of my studies for my doctorate and an ongoing area of professional interest through the translations I provide for a bilingual Austrian magazine, covering topics ranging from exhibitions and music festivals to events from Austrian history.

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Translation of these was a particular focus of my translator training. I am a member of the ITI’s MedNet for medical translators. All my medical translations are checked by a consultant physician to ensure accuracy.

Academic texts

Given my experience of studying for my doctorate, preparing a monograph and articles for publication, and teaching at the University of Auckland, I am well acquainted with the norms of academic discourse and its presentation.

Read more about my qualifications and experience here or click here for details of my prices. You can view some samples of my work here.

 

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How I can help you.

Medical translation


Quality is your main concern and I understand why: there is no room for error or misunderstanding in medical texts. When it comes to the translation of those texts, I bring a relentless concentration on accuracy and a commitment to ensuring that your content reads well. Here’s a sample of the translations I provide for Contract Research Organisations, Language Service Providers, insurance companies and others:

  • Journal articles
  • Clinical trial correspondence (e.g. national regulators, ethics committees, sponsors)
  • Hospital websites
  • Medical letters (e.g. discharge summaries, referrals, surgical reports)
  • Serious adverse event reports
  • Patient information materials (e.g. clinical trial information, informed consent forms)
  • Chapters in textbook on cranial osteopathy

Historical and cultural translation

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You know that the flow of the text is important as is finding the right tone to appeal to your audience, whether academic or the general public. At the same time, any specialist terms must be accurately translated. With my academic background, it’s no surprise that I have a passion for translating texts relating to European history and culture. Some examples of the texts I’ve translated are:

  • Magazine articles on Austrian history and culture
  • Classical music festival programmes
  • Gallery exhibition catalogue texts
  • Author biographies for online cultural archive
  • Chapter in Tiroler Künstler/Tyrolean Artists

I also translate more general content, provide UK and US English editing and proofreading services, and transcribe handwritten German texts from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, making old documents legible once more.

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Why work with me?

Quite simply, because I am dedicated to excellence.

Excellent experience: I’ve been a full-time translator since 2016, drawing on previous experience in academia and work for the UK Department of Health

Excellent style: I’m a published writer, with style perfected through drafting my own work and editing that of others

Excellent qualifications: I have a Diploma in Translation awarded with distinction, a Masters and a DPhil in German literature from the University of Oxford and a 1st class honours degree in French and German

Excellent standards: I’m a full member of the New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters and an Associate of the UK Institute of Translation and Interpreting

All backed by

Excellent results: I have an uncompromising focus on quality leading to satisfied clients and repeat business 


Recommendations.

I’m delighted that so many clients are happy to recommend me and my work. Here are some of the nice things that people have said about me:

What a wonderful translation! Perfect for our publication. Many thanks!

Professor Emeritus James Bade, University of Auckland

Thank you very much for the excellent translation; it’s wonderful.

– Susanne Costa, Übersetzungen Tirol

Thank you very much for this perfect job!

– Karin H, Text & Co. Fachübersetzungen

Thank you for this very tidy transcript. I’m so excited to read it.

— Georgina White, author and researcher

I just thought I’d pass on the very positive feedback I got from the person needing the clinical study translations; he was very impressed with the quality of the translations and he found that in particular the long legal document was very skilfully rendered (and he used to be a professor at the University of Leicester so his English is very, very good).

– Sonia R, project manager, specialist life sciences translation agency

About me.

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I’m Hannah Burdekin. I’ve been a full-time translator since 2016 but my interest in language and words stretches back to my childhood. Having tried to teach myself German from a Berlitz phrasebook when I was eight (unsuccessfully!), I started studying French and German at secondary school and went on to complete a BA in the same languages, and a Masters and a Doctorate in German literature at the University of Oxford. I then spent ten years working for the UK government Department of Health, where I produced ministerial briefings and speeches and contributed to Departmental consultations and reports.

But my love for German in particular never went away and after moving to New Zealand in 2011 I spent some years working as a Tutor in German at the University of Auckland. I now combine my background in languages with the skills in research and writing gained from my time in academia and the Civil Service.


Get in touch!

The best way to find out more about any of the services I provide and how I could help you is to get in touch with me via e-mail or using this contact form. I’ll respond to your message as quickly as possible. And if I’m unable to help you, I will happily recommend a trusted colleague who can.

My time zone is UST +13. Please note that I am 10–12 hours ahead of Central European Time and 11–13 hours ahead of the UK.

Email me: hannah @ musetranslation.com

WhatsApp: +64 (0)21 02511445

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