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, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for the Word template where you can fill in your answers & bio (incl. site/blog/social media) 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. Check out the previous interviews here.
Location: Brittany, France
Desired location: I’m fine here!
Current work title: Freelance translator and proofreader, member of a local co-op
Desired work title: I am working on adding “French Sign Language professional” to that!
Languages you have studied or currently speak: French, English, Spanish, Arabic – some reminiscence of Italian from high school, and I’m learning French Sign Language
The project you’re most proud of: taking part in the translation process of the International Prize for Humanitarian Photography Luis Valtueña catalogue; and keeping my business going while raising two kids on my own 🙂
Your current computer setup: desk-top and laptop
Do you own a smartphone? Yes.
Favorite time of the day: early morning for work, late afternoon in fall for the light
Favorite gadget (apart from computer & smartphone): (paper) notebooks and post-it notes
Next conference/event you’re planning to attend: not sure yet…
How many hours per day do you usually work: 8 to 10
Are you an introvert or an extrovert? An introvert
Are you an early-riser or a night-owl? Both! Which, when you’re over 40, becomes a problem 😉
What do you listen to while you work? Music, no songs, I find that too disturbing when working. And radio in Arabic or podcasts during my lunch break.
And a few non-work related questions to get more personal.
Your babies or pets, incl. names and ages: A son who is 12, a daughter who is 9, 2 cats and a pet rabbit
Next city/country you want to visit: Portugal
Favorite vacation place: Brittany is a great place!
Favorite book: The Perfume by Süskind.
Favorite song: anything Bruce Springsteen or Gilles Vigneault
What are you currently reading? Des yeux pour entendre (Seeing Voices) by Oliver Sacks and Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Morgane Boëdec has been a Translator since 1997, from English, Spanish and Arabic into French, specializing in International development, Sustainable development and Education/Training. She has lived and worked in Canada, the Middle East, and now France. Check out her website www.sustainabletranslations.fr.