“The phone rang late one evening. It was the owner of a small haulage business; his
articulated lorry, loaded with perishable goods, had been impounded in Spain and
he didn’t know why. I managed to find the number of the Guardia Civil in the village
in question and phoned them. It turned out that the driver had forgotten a key document
that was sitting on the owner’s desk. One quick fax later and the lorry was released
and with it an awful lot of fish.
It was only an hour’s work, so I charged him at interpreting rates, which worked
out at £50 including the cost of the calls. I think it saved him a bit more than
Mike graduated from the University of Salford in 1977 with a Joint Honours degree
in Spanish and Russian, specialising in technical translation and liaison interpreting.
In 1992 he added the French Final Diploma of the Institute of Linguists and his Master’s
degree in Education Management in 1996. In 2012 he took the Chartered Institute of
Linguists Diploma in Translation examination, passing all three modules at one sitting.
Mike has been selected on numerous occasions by a major UK translation agency to
represent it for the selection tests for translations for United Nations agencies
and international NGOs, based on his huge experience of translating texts related
to human rights, and women’s rights in particular.
About Janet Sadler
Janet graduated from the University of Leeds in 1974 with an Honours degree in Spanish.
She was a teacher and middle leader in a secondary school, starting freelance translating
and interpreting in 1986. She is a superb proofreader and uses her skill not only
in checking all of Mike Sadler’s output but also as a freelancer for a blue chip
publisher of English language teaching materials. Janet is particularly expert not
only at spotting grammar and logical errors but in catching phrasing that doesn’t
quite convey the right nuance of meaning - and then putting it right.
Did you know? In the last 5 years, Janet and Mike have translated over 4 million
words between them, for customers large and small.