Sean Williams, PhD

freelance translator

Translation and proofreading services

I am available for both small and large projects in both translation and proofreading/review. I guarantee meticulous reading and research skills in French and Spanish, and clear, precise, and articulate writing skills in English.  My intention is that your translation will not sound like a translation, and will contribute to an impression of quality in whatever realm it is used.

Professionalism and Excellence

Excellence is important to me, and I set excellence as the basic expectation for my work.  This attitude is reflected at each stage of the translator-client relationship.  I am available by email, phone, and Skype throughout the day, in English, French, and Spanish, and I respond promptly to all client communications, taking into account time-zone differences.  I have yet to miss a deadline, and will always communicate honestly about my ability to complete a job in a certain timeframe and at a high level of quality. I never subcontract, as I believe that the integrity of the translation for which I am responsible depends on the skills and vision of a single translator.  I keep permanent backup copies of all work in case you should need them months or years later.  I maintain strict attention to consistent terminology, and put in the time to research technical terms and colloquialisms.  I believe that translation, like any writing, should be clear, direct, and meaningful.  Your English product will maintain the source language meaning as closely as possible, and will be rendered in a natural and fluid English form. 

Specializations

I am willing and able to push my own boundaries, and I enjoy expanding into new fields, for which I am well prepared thanks to my wide education and varied background.  I have expert-level knowledge and experience in the following areas:

Philosophy
Literature
History
Sociology
Politics

Environment Issues
Education



I am also widely educated and knowledgeable, and have substantial translation experience in the following areas:

Economics
Marketing
Contracts/Law
Aviation
Sailing
Psychology
Agriculture
Wine
Food
Travel
Art
Design
Journalism
Human Resources