I am a native speaker of American English, having been born and raised in California, USA. Currently I am enrolled as an undergraduate student at Utah State University in Logan, UT, USA. I am pursuing a bachelor’s degree in
I am a native speaker of American English, having been born and raised in California, USA. Currently I am enrolled as an undergraduate student at Utah State University in Logan, UT, USA. I am pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, with minors in Math, Japanese, and Chinese (Mandarin). I have also been noted by professors as having excellent writing skills in English, and can serve as a transcriptionist or article writer as well as a translator.
As I am just starting to pursue working from home, my only professional experience in translating has been volunteer-based. So far, I have translated several children's books into both Japanese and Chinese for Rosetta Children's Books Online. I am also just now working on translating a few brochures for a Deaf Advocacy group in Orange County, CA as of August 15th, 2012. Additionally, I am working on translating a modern edition of the Chinese classic, Journey to the West (西游记 in Chinese) for personal enjoyment, as I feel it is an important novel in Chinese literature and culture, and has never been fully translated and published into English before.
Ultimately, I hope to work as either a full-time translator/interpreter or for a company pursuing business in Asia, preferably in the Engineering and Electronics fields.
I have studied Japanese for roughly a decade, beginning with a community college course while still in high school, a year at a Japanese language school in my local community, and three years of university level courses. I did take a few years off from my formal studies due to events in my personal life such as marriage, children, etc. but continued studying the language independently. I also spent a few months living with host families in Japan as part of a cultural exchange through Lions Club International shortly after finishing my first year of college.
My study of Chinese is much more recent. So far I have studied for 3 years, including 4 semesters of formal university level classes, an in-depth study abroad program in Xi'an, China for 2-1/2 months, as well as intensive independent studying. I have equal knowledge of both Traditional and Simplified Characters. My knowledge of Japanese Kanji has also strengthened my familiarity with the Characters, as they are of Chinese origin. As of August 2012, I have just returned from my study abroad program in Xi'an and have fulfilled almost all of my minor's requirements for Mandarin Chinese.
Finally, I would like to illustrate some areas in which I have a bit of expertise outside of just the languages themselves that may also prove useful. As an Engineering student pursuing a math minor, I have had significant studies in the hard sciences, specifically math and physics concepts, including multivariable calculus, linear algebra, ordinary differential equations, mechanics, thermodynamics, wave and particle theory, and electricity.
Additionally, I have spent the last 6 years continuously working as a machine operator at an electronics manufacturer specializing in electronic LED billboards, and am intimately familiar with the many machines used in that industry, including radial, wave solder, hand solder, decontamination washer, coating, sealing, calibration, and surface mount machines.