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: Piraeus, Greece
Desired location: Anywhere where there is an office with a view to the sea or a forest
Current work title: Full-time translator
Desired work title: Nothing else, dream came true
Languages you have studied or currently speak: English, French (mais oui) and Greek of course
The project you’re most proud of: One of my translations that was announced during a major football match final, was smiling for two days after I heard it live on TV.
Your current computer setup: Desktop PC with 2 screens, they made my life so much easier.
Do you own a smartphone? Definitely.
Favorite time of the day: When I start working in the morning and I can smell the fresh coffee next to my hand.
Favorite gadget (apart from computer & smartphone): My new Samsung tablet, it has made my working life outside home so much easier, plus serves as my e-book reader.
Next conference/event you’re planning to attend: Not sure, it will definitely depend on my family life.
How many hours per day do you usually work: 8-10 depending on work volume.
Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Most definitely an introvert.
Are you an early-riser or a night-owl? Very early-riser thanks to my son Nicholas.
What do you listen to while you work? The radio shows my husband listens to, their sound is like a work lullaby for me.
And a few non-work related questions to get more personal 🙂
Your babies or pets, incl. names and ages: One 6-year-old son, Nicholas, and another one coming soon 🙂
Next city/country you want to visit: Barcelona, hands down.
Favorite vacation place: The island of Serifos, Greece.
Favorite book: I always think of “1984” by George Orwell as the definition of what a book should be. I am also very partial to all books by Jorge Luis Borges.
Favorite song: Many. The two latest additions to my songs-I-will-love-for-ever list are “The Vampyre of Time and Memory” by Queens of the Stone Age and “Driven to Tears” by Sting as sung by Robert Downey Jr.
What are you currently reading? The latest book by Rick Riordan “The Mark of Athena”, third installment in “The Heroes of Olympus” series (young adult books are always among my favourites to read for many reasons).
Emilia Prekate-Kyminas has been a professional freelance translator since 2003. She translates from English and French into Greek and Greek into English and she mainly specialises in legal, automotive, marketing/advertising, IT, business/commerce, football, EU and textile/fashion translations. She has a BA in Translation from the University of Corfu, Greece. She loves to be able to make understanding between people possible and she strives to provide quality, reliable and accurate translations and her translation motto is: Inspiration is in the word, not the form. You can read more about her on Proz and follow her on Twitter @Ellexis_.