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Melinda Kaiden

Primary Profession: Independent Translator

Expertise: Academic and professional

Language(s): German; Spanish; Romanian

Bio: I am a graduate of Wellesley College and avid student of foreign languages. I have a B.A. cum laude in Spanish language and literature, with extensive professional translation, editing and writing esperience. I have extensively studied German and Romanian, and have completed translation projects in both languages. I believe that strong writing skills are key to understanding the art of translation. I am fascinated by the challenge of conveying meaning, implication, and even cultural subtleties across linguistic boundaries.

Publications: Extensive translation work Spanish-English and English-Spanish for international non-profit organization, various educational institutions, government and individuals. Projects such as short works of fiction, a two-hour television special, journalistic articles, personal correspondences, educational manuals and social media. Currently in negotiations with Austrian publishing firm to translate a work of contemporary fiction from German to English. Pro-bono work, including Romanian-English translations for Moldovan popular music website and Spanish-English translation of zoological study for the University of Costa Rica's School of Biology.

Education: Middlebury College Language School, Middlebury, Vermont. 4.0 GPA in Advanced German Babe?-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Certificate of proficiency in Romanian language, completion of in-depth cultural studies Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA. B.A. cum laude in Spanish. Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Delta Pi Simon's Rock College, Great Barrington, MA A.A. with distinction in Liberal Arts

Awards: Phi Beta Kappa, Wellesley College, for overall academic achievement and integrity Sigma Delta Pi, for excellence in Hispanic Studies Award for Outstanding Achievement in Languages and Literature, Simon's Rock College Multiple top-achievement awards in secondary school, all subjects

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