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Work samples

Before you ask someone to translate a text for you, see if they can provide examples of their prior work. This will give you a good sense of their expertise not only in translating a foreign language, but, just as vital, in writing well in their native language. Skillful translating involves much more than simply transferring the meaning of words from one language to another; it must also capture the style, tone, and register of the original writing (called the source text) and render them in a fluid translated version (the target text) that reads as if it were written by a native speaker. At the same time, the target text must achieve the same impact as the source, fulfill parallel aims and functions, and address the intended audience appropriately. Choosing the right translator for your project also entails something idiosyncratic and hard to pinpoint: a good fit, an affinity of style, a sense of recognition.

Below are links to some samples of publicly available English translations I have produced in the social sciences, environmentalism, and literature. Where available, I have also provided the link to the text in the original language. If you think your translation needs and my translating services would be a good match, I encourage you to contact me here.

The Fortress of Salvador in Colonial Brazil  by Luis Walter Coelho Filho (2014):  English (book link); Portuguese (kindle link)

From the Enemy’s Point of View: Humanity and Divinity in an Amazonian Society by Eduardo Viveiros de Castro (1992): English (book link); English (full PDF text); Portuguese

REDD in Brazil: A Focus on the Amazon. Principles, Criteria, and Institutional Structures for a National Program for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation—REDD (2011): English; Portuguese

“Ethnogeography and Resource Use among the Yanomami,” by Bruce Albert and François-Michel Le Tourneau (2007). Translated from the French. English

Pro-Yanomami Bulletin #61 (2005) (one of 79 bulletins translated): English; Portuguese

“The Cat” by Eliane Brum (2016): English; Portuguese

“White Butterflies” by Ana Paula Lemes (2014): English; Portuguese