English to French translation services, Suffolk, UK
Hélène Gibbings Dip Trans IoLET MCIL
I am Hélène Gibbings Dip Trans IoLET MCIL, freelance English-French translator.
While I mainly offer English to French translation services, I also provide proofreading and editing services. My specialist subjects include social science and current affairs, literature, education and the arts.
I work for businesses as well as private clients.
Having lived in the UK since 1994, I acquired a thorough knowledge of the English culture and language since. Before becoming a freelance English-French language translator, I worked in education and social care. My mother tongue is French.
In addition to my Classics BA from the University of Toulouse-le-Mirail, I obtained the post-graduate Diploma in Translation from the Chartered Institute of Linguists in London, specialising in Literature and Social Science.
As Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, I am authorised to self-certify English-French translations for use in the UK.
Please find some of my clients’ testimonials by scrolling down the page.
Independent English to French translation services
I offer English to French translations of commercial and personal documents, including:
- Letters and business correspondence
- Product information (online and printed)
- Personal documents (certified and notarised translations)
- And many other types of communication
My main specialist subject areas for English to French translation services are:
- Social science
- Current affairs
- The arts
But my translation experience goes well beyond these fields.
It also covers management, leadership, tourism, religion, communication, fundraising and much more. Contact me, and I’ll be very happy to discuss any of your English to French translation projects.
I also provide English-French interpreting services such as:
- Interpreting at business meetings and small conferences (simultaneous or consecutive interpreting);
- Interpreting for your individual conversation needs, including telephone interpreting;
- Directly contact people on your behalf on the phone or per video conference via Skype.
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My English to French translation services rates
I tailor my rates to requirements. They are always competitive compared to agencies.
My rates for English to French translation services vary depending on your requirements, but they are always competitive compared to agencies’ rates as my overheads are much lower.
Various factors affect the cost of my translations. The most important factors impacting on the price of a translation job are:
- Complexity of the source text
- Need for certification/notarisation
- Urgency of deadline
I usually charge per 1000 words of text pro rata. However, depending on the document and work involved (e.g. proofreading) I can charge per hour if more cost-effective for you.
An indication of the rates I charge for English to French translations
For general translation services, commercial and private document translation rates I charge a £35 minimum fee (negotiable) if the texts are very short.
My prices for longer translations range between £75 and £115 per 1000 words, depending on various factors.
Translation rates for English-French certified translations
For the translation of official certificates, I charge £40 for the first A4-page, £30 for each subsequent page (if part of the same translation job).
My rates for longer certificates range from £50 to £120 per job, depending on the volume of the translation.
However, I charge an additional fee of around £25 for legalisation by a solicitor.
Additional costs for notarised translations
When you require notarisation of a document, the total price of my services consists of the cost of translating the original documents (as quoted) plus an additional fee of approximately £125. This is to cover the notary’s fees and the time involved in visiting his office.
Phone me or send me your document by email, I will then assess it with care before getting back to you with a formal quote for your certified/notarised English to French translation.
I will send an invoice with my completed translation. However, occasionally I may ask for prepayment.
You can pay by cheque or direct bank transfer. When making payments from abroad, the amount invoiced is the amount to be transferred to me. All transaction fees to be paid by you.
If you are sending money from abroad, you might want to consider TransferWise (www.transferwise.com). This company’s charges are low and their exchange rate is good.
What clients have said about me and my work
Dr Marina Dixon
Primary Partnership Adviser, Learning and Improvement Service, Suffolk
“In the setting up and the development of the Suffolk/Nord-Pas-de-Calais Partnership Project (an educative programme for 120 Suffolk schools and their partner schools in France), Hélène translated all correspondence (letters/emails) with accuracy, phoned directly to the offices in France when answers were needed quickly, facilitating the communication of all people involved. Her help was invaluable during the Conference that took place in Suffolk, where she interpreted simultaneously for people who were not comfortable with English or French, adding her people skills to her professionalism.”
Graham Lee Associates
“Graham Lee Associates were instructed on a very delicate matter in relation to a personal injury claim arising out of a serious road traffic collision in France.
We agreed with Helene what information we sought from the French Judiciary. We had previously tried unsuccessfully to obtain important information via written correspondence, telephone calls and emails to the British Embassy in Paris and local Gendarmerie.
Helene managed to provide everything that we wanted (and more) from a single telephone call to the French authorities (the number of which she researched herself). Additionally she managed to find open source material that we had (again) been unable to locate. This was of immense use to our client.
Helene’s efficiency, self motivation, professionalism, and excellent customer service are second to none and we have no hesitation in recommending her services.”Nigel Woffindin
Service Communication, L’Arche Internationale, Paris
“We have been working regularly with Hélène for a long time, as a translator as well as an interpreter for international statutory or training meetings.
The documents given to translate are varied (professional development, minutes and general correspondence, official documents, newsletters…). Hélène is very precise and notices any mistake or confusion in the source documents. She always respects agreed deadlines, which is essential for documents needed in work meetings.
Interpreting requires being receptive to participants who come from very diverse cultural backgrounds. The feedback we get from the participants on Hélène’s work is always very positive.
We greatly appreciate Hélène’s work and reliability.”