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NIKKI HEGSTROM

tech writing | localization (French to English, Spanish to English) | editing
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I have been obsessed with writing since I was first able to hold a pencil. I fell in love with languages and travel in elementary school, when I befriended an exchange student from Guatemala. (I vividly remember the joy I felt as she taught me how to say her name properly, with her Spanish accent: Claudia.)

For the last 20 years, I’ve worked in web development and technology.  Throughout that time, I got my writing fix through college courses and blogging. Though I never made it official, my writing and literature course credits equate with a B.A. in English. I have also never NOT been learning a language: I am most proficient in French and Spanish, but I can also hold conversations in Czech and German. I spent a year learning Arabic, can get around in Italian and Portuguese, and can speak rudimentary Russian. (I don’t always know what it all means, but I can read and pronounce Cyrillic.)

A few years ago, I decided to return to school to finally complete the degree I started long ago.  I recently completed my B.A. (Magna cum Laude) from the University of Washington. My studies focused heavily on languages, theoretical immigration issues, and the politics of urban space. This return to the humanities reignited my desire to work with words and language, so I immediately enrolled in the UW Continuing Education’s Editing Certification program. I also completed a Technical Writing Certification from Bellevue College and am working on a Master’s in Translation. [ Read more… ]

machine translation
Spanish and French to English translation
C1: Spanish, French
A2: German, Russian, Czech, Arabic
conversational Italian, Portuguese

English language instruction
technical voiceover, narration

Chicago Manual of Style / APA / MLA
copy editing
line editing
conscious editing
technical dev editing
Wordpress SEO
Microsoft Word + track changes
proofreading (manual + PDF Reader)
MS Office Suite
technical writing and documentation

front-end development
CMS (particularly WordPress)
highly proficient in CSS, HTML, XML
working knowledge of Javascript, PHP, ASP
database admin
eLearning applications & software
previously Adobe Certified Instructor
Adobe Creative Suite
MailChimp/Constant Contact

Topics that I have above average to expert knowledge of (for translation and editing) include:
web development and internet-related technologies / yoga and meditation (200RYT) / European travel / theoretical immigration issues / cooking (non-vegetarian, vegetarian, and vegan) and baking / coffee and coffee culture / language learning & instruction / photography / nontraditional parenting (homeschool, 2e, gifted, ADHD)

Geographic regions and cities that I have above average to expert knowledge of: 
The Basque Region of Spain & France / Kreuzberg & Neukölln neighborhoods of Berlin / Prague, Czech Republic / Philadelphia and The Lehigh Valley, PA / Seattle (including the East Side), WA / Santa Monica, CA / Portland, OR /