This series of posts was inspired by Lifehacker’s How I Work series, which I’ve been reading for quite some time and thoroughly enjoy. It’s about time we discover how our colleagues work and get to know them a little better.
If you want to participate in this fun series, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can send you the Word template where you can fill in your answers and your bio (incl. your site/blog/social media links) and then send it back to us as an attachment along with your photo (optional but preferred). If you don’t like any of the questions, just delete them and add your own. You can read the previous interviews here.
Location: Muenster, Germany
Desired location: Brighton, England
Current work title: Freelance translator
Desired work title: I’m pretty happy doing what I do now
Languages you have studied or currently speak: English (native speaker), German (native speaker), Italian (pretty good), Esperanto (intermediate), Latin (a very long time ago)
Your current computer setup: PC, two screens, laptop
Do you own a smartphone? Oh yes, I do. A Samsung Galaxy Note and I need it to survive.
Favorite time of the day: Early morning hours
Favorite gadget (apart from computer & smartphone): Ipod, Nexus tablet
How many hours per day do you usually work: Depends, about 60 hours per week
Are you an introvert or an extrovert? I’m a weird kind of extroverted introvert.
Are you an early-riser or a night-owl? Early-riser by nature, night-owl by necessity
What do you listen to while you work? Ska, rocksteady, metal, 80s pop music (helps me with tedious translations), classical music when I really need to concentrate, absolute silence when I’m proofreading
And a few non-work related questions to get more personal 🙂
Your babies or pets, incl. names and ages: 2 amazing daughters, 1 and 3 years old
Next city/country you want to visit: Russia
Favorite vacation place: Italy
Favorite book: Malazon Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson
Favorite song: Three by Massive Attack
What are you currently reading? The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch
Else Gellinek is a German to English freelance translator specializing in PR, marketing and corporate communications. She has been translating since 2010, but only recently began freelancing full-time. In her previous life, she worked as a book seller and then studied linguistics and English, all of which practically destined her to become a translator. Find Else on Twitter @Else_Gellinek, Facebook, LinkedIn.