Jae Marple

French, Spanish and Portuguese to English Translator Specialising in Sport, Tourism and International Development

I have been working as a freelance translator since August 2019, when I completed my MA in Translation Studies at the University of Leeds, for which I was awarded a distinction. Before that, I studied for my BA in Modern Languages at the University of Warwick, graduating with a First Class Honours degree. During my time as a student, I developed a keen interest in human geography and developing countries. I therefore gained an in-depth understanding of this field and, in turn, decided to specialise in translation for the international development sector. As a keen traveller and sports enthusiast, it was also an easy decision for me to specialise in translation for the sports and tourist industries.

I have mainly acquired my linguistic expertise through my studies, but I have also spent time living in countries where my working languages are spoken. During my year abroad, I undertook Erasmus+ placements at the University of Bordeaux Montaigne and the University of Malaga, spending around five months in each city and travelling around France and Spain respectively. I have also lived with a family in Toulouse, studied Spanish in Bogotá for two weeks and spent a month living with a Brazilian family in Rio de Janeiro during the 2016 Olympic Games, in which I participated as a volunteer interpreter at the Aquatics Centre. Although I now live permanently in the UK again, I make sure that my language skills do not slip by keeping in touch with friends who are native speakers of my working languages and by immersing myself in the abundance of foreign-language content at my fingertips. I could not possibly be any more passionate about languages or my fields of specialisation, which is clearly reflected in my work.

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