Since 2002, I've been working as an independent translator, specializing in software localization and financial translations. I only translate from English to Dutch for the Netherlands (NL-NL), my native language.

I create natural, fluent translations that don't look like translations. I make sure to maintain consistent terminology, with special attention to consistency between user interface and documentation. Of course, I use computer-assisted translation (CAT) tools like Trados Studio, Deja Vu, and Passolo. I don't use machine translation (MT), which leads to literal translations even after editing, but I have rated the results of different MT algorithms.

Besides English and Dutch, I also speak French, German and Spanish, but not on a professional level. I don't work as an interpreter. I do often proofread translations.

Edwin den Boer and his books
Ferry from Harwich to Rotterdam


Since most of my clients require complete confidentiality, I can’t mention their names here. But I have translated or edited texts for the following types of products:

  • ERP software, including accounting, financial reporting, HRM, CRM, supply chain management and education administration
  • Cloud storage and backup services
  • Online and offline spreadsheet and database software
  • Help files and documentation for an operating system
  • Online help for general and specialized search engines
  • Planning software, including flowcharts, schedules, logistics and project management
  • Consumer electronics manuals
  • A hardware manufacturer’s internal communication
  • Ads and newsletters for another hardware manufacturer
  • A bank’s market analysis newsletters for investors
  • Manuals for industrial printing and machining equipment

See my CV for more details. And check out my profile.

Sample Translations

Commodities futures trading - Lars Plougmann - CC BY-SA 2.0

Futures Trading

Statement about futures contracts from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, referring investors to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

Hubble Telescope - photo by NASA

Scheduling Chart Program

Description of NASA's open-source planning program S-CHART from the MS-DOS era.

Cooperation - Lyncconf Games, CC BY 2.0

Collaborative Code Construction Contract (C4)

Code of conduct for the ZeroMQ project, written by its founder Pieter Hintjens. It inspired the open attitude of The Monero Project, welcoming new developers.