I started as an in-house translator at a large Polish LSP right after my BA in German Philology in 1999. I had been translating part time for many years during my academic career in German Studies, before I transitioned to full time freelance translator in 2016.
I can help you expand your business by providing translations and localized content that will be perfectly adjusted to the target audience in Poland.
Please note that I do not provide 'sworn translations' required by Polish institutions.
I have been in the translation industry since 1999, starting off as an in-house translator from German into Polish. DE→PL remains my main language pair in which, over the years, I have completed a wide variety of projects for both direct clients and translation agencies. My ‘C’ language is English, i.e. I also provide translations from English to Polish (EN→PL).
Before going freelance in 2002, I worked as head of the German Language Unit at Lomac LLC, a medium-sized Polish translation and localisation company based in Bydgoszcz (which is now the Polish office of SDL plc).
In 2016, I established my own business (sole proprietorship, registered for VAT in the EU).
Prior to that I worked for over a decade as a research assistant at one of the youngest universities in Poland. My teaching included German language at advanced level (C1—C2), specialized lectures in Linguistics, as well as courses in Literary Translation and Technical Translation with CAT-Tools.*
Skills and resources
translator's competence gained through 18 years of professional experience
linguistic skills and intercultural know-how (trained linguist, former university lecturer)
advanced user of systems for computer-aided translation and adaptation of content (preferably used: SDL Trados Studio, CafeTran Espresso) and branch-specific software (online glossaries, wikis, databases, scripting tools)
skilled user of MS Office and Adobe software (under both Windows and Mac OS)
an up-to-date desktop computer (iMac 27″ 5K, 4 GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 32 GB RAM)
broadband internet access (high-speed glass fibre)
- How many words do you translate per day?
- My average daily output is 2300 words (source text).
The turnaround time for your project will depend as much on the subject matter as on the purpose of the translation and its intended readership (e.g. whether it is meant to be published or not).
Feel free to contact me today for a no-obligation quote that is tailored to your project's specific needs.
- How do you ensure the quality of your translations?
- I undertake only jobs that I can competently handle—if your text does not fall within my areas of expertise, I am happy to refer you to the right colleague within my network;
- my translation service includes at least two proofreading steps, and the final round of proofreading is always completed on a hard copy
- I am proficient in using CAT tools, various web design tools, and industry-standard DTP software.
- What is a CAT tool?
- In short, it’s a kind of database software for professional translators.
A decent CAT tool (my favorites are Trados and CafeTran) will recognize and properly "tag" those terms, expressions and parts of sentences which have been already translated in previous work. This ensures that your preferred terminology will be used consistently throughout the text as well as in any subsequent projects.
- Do you collaborate with an external proofreader?
- Yes, I do. Upon request I can also engage additional reviewers with appropriate expertise to compare my translation with the source text.
- What about confidentiality?
- All enquiries and documents are handled in strict confidence and are not disclosed to others without your written permission.
If you are representing a translation agency and are interested in a long-term business relationship, I am happy to consider signing an NDA.
- Will my documents be secure?
- Unlike many other providers, I never use cloud storage services for work-related files. All project files are stored on my local hard drives, and are uniquely identified by project/date stamps for secure long-term backup.
- How can I submit my text for translation?
- Please attach the file(s) with the text to be translated to an email and send it to the address provided here. An FTP upload is available for large files (just let me know in advance).
- I need a website translated …
- Absolutely! Just email me all the
.htmfiles directly (as a compressed attachment). I will maintain the same format during translation and deliver the translated files ready for you to upload them onto your server.
- So, exactly what file formats can you handle?
- I can work with a wide range of document types, including, among others, the following applications:
- Microsoft Office Suite (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
- Adobe Creative Suite (e.g. InDesign, Illustrator, PDF/Acrobat)
- Programming/markup languages (e.g. HTML, XML, PHP)
- Content management systems (e.g. WordPress, SPIP)
- Online applications (e.g. SurveyMonkey)
- When can I expect my quote to be delivered?
- During my office hours (11:00 AM—3:00 PM) I am usually able to respond to your enquiry within minutes. Otherwise you can expect to hear back from me within 1 business day.
After receiving the text for translation (or at least a representative sample) I will prepare a quote tailored to your specific project.
- Are you available at the moment?
- I try to keep my availability calendar on Proz up to date. However, you are always welcome to contact me for a free quote!
- How do you calculate your prices?
- As each text will have its own challenges, the price of a translation can vary substantially according to its (1) subject, (2) volume, and (3) delivery deadline.
Depending on the client's location and/or preferences, translations may be priced per word or per standard page, standard line (German-speaking countries) or even per 1000 words (UK) – based on the source text, i.e. the original text to be translated.
The rate ranges shown on the pricing page reflect my standard rates for translations into Polish.
- Do you issue EU VAT invoices?
- Yes, I am registered for VAT in the EU (intra-Community transactions, B2B).
- What payment methods do you accept?
- At the moment I only accept payments via bank transfer to my Polish bank account, in Polish Zloty (PLN) or Euro (EUR).
- What are your terms of service?
- Please consult the General Terms and Conditions for the provision of translation services by Studio De Arkadiusz Jasiński.