I'm Eleanor Madelaine, a British freelance translator. I'm from the north of England and came to France in 2008 as part of my degree in French studies. Passionate about languages, France and the French culture, I decided to stay and have lived in Orléans in the Loire Valley since 2009. I feel lucky to live in a region which is so rich in history and culture and this environment inspires my work.
I studied for a degree in French studies at the University of Reading and the University of London Institute in Paris and later a Masters in Translation studies with the University of Portsmouth. Advanced translation studies, taught by leading figures in the industry, have enabled me to develop my technique and pursue my translation career with a professional outlook.
I have been studying or working with French and English for over 10 years and understand the subtleties and contrasts between both languages and cultures. As a professional translator I continually develop my skills in translation, keeping up to date with the latest news and innovation in the industry. To develop my knowledge in my specialised subject areas I read journals, articles and books, visit museums, galleries, heritage sites and attend training and conferences. I recently spent some time working with fine art handlers and transporters to understand the technical operations and the jargon used in this area.
I grew up in a family who worked for museums and art galleries. I learnt a lot over the years and developed the same passion for the industry. It felt natural for me to pair my love for languages and translation with my passion for art and heritage. I am also a real foodie and thanks to my love of food, cooking and wine, I have developed a wide culinary vocabulary.