Thorsten Distler
Diplom-Übersetzer (BDÜ)
+49 (0)9270 349216
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From language talent to marketing translator

Step 1: Schooling and transition years

  • 1996: school-leaving examinations (Abitur) with advanced courses in English and French and biology as the third subject
  • Numerous school exchanges with the French partner town of Annecy; countless trips all over Europe with an interrail pass
  • 1996–2001: seminar papers and dissertation on the topics of rhetorical techniques, analysis of English and French proverbs and expressions, translation of metaphors, and Afro-American English in American hip-hop music
  • 9 months at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland, followed by 6 months at Université Rennes 2 in France
  • 2002: graduation from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (FTSK, formerly FASK Germersheim) as a qualified translator for English and French (Diplom), specialising in medicine

Step 2: Practical experience as a freelance marcom translator

  • 2002: launch of freelance career
  • Project experience of more than 1,000,000 translated and proofread words, of which 90 percent in creative and marcom translations

Step 3: Specialisation as an online editor and copywriter

  • Seminars for editors, PR experts, journalists and copywriters
  • Expansion of services from marcom translations to online journalism and copywriting

Steps 4, 5, 6, etc.: Continuous professional development

  • Advanced training in copywriting
  • Advanced training in cross-media editing

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