Natalia Oliveira, terminology book winner
I am honored to present Natalia, one of the winners of the terminology raffle. I am so happy to have among my readers such an enthusiastic translator, especially coming from a country I love: Brazil. Best of success in your professional career and thank you for sharing your story with us, Natalia.
My name is Natalia Oliveira, I’m 21 years old, and I live in Guarulhos, in the metropolitan region of São Paulo, Brazil. I have recently graduated in Portuguese with a concentration on Translation and Interpretation (English).
At school, Portuguese was always my favorite subject, and I always loved to read. If I was sad or sick, my mom would read me a book, take me to the library and so on.
When I was a tween, I was pretty scared of English. Everyone said it was essential to learn how to speak it, and I thought it was nearly impossible.
But then, the Jonas Brothers appeared. That’s right. I became such a fan that, through listening to their interviews, reading other news and talking to fans all over the world, I learned English pretty much by myself.
Around the same time, I started a Spanish course and realized I loved languages so much it could become a job. Then I decided to be a translator.
Due to my choice, I started an advanced English course, which was my favorite thing of all week.
My languages journey continued in Valencia, Spain, where I spent one month once I had finished high school.
In 2013, I received a scholarship through one of the federal government’s programs to study the four-year course I mentioned above. Never for a second have I regretted this decision.
At the end of the same year, I started a paid internship in a technical translation agency as a proofreader. It was an amazing experience, where my love for terminology started to grow (glossaries and dictionaries everywhere <3)
After two years, I left and tried to be a freelance translator for three months, but, due to personal reasons, I started working at TransPerfect, as a Quality Control Coordinator.
I occasionally do some freelance translation as well, which I love.
I am really happy to have won this beautiful shirt and the book “Corporate Terminology Management” by Ariane Großjean. It is a subject that I love and work with one way or another, and it will always be useful.
Thank you to Patricia for the opportunity and all the success to her blog and to the Terminology world.
If you wish to contact me, here is my LinkedIn account: https://www.linkedin.com/in/natalia-chaves-oliveira-477b5762/
Natalia C. Oliveira