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Nikki Hegstrom

Polyglot & Linguaphile | Editor | Translator | Writer | Traveler | Spanish, French, German

French, Spanish, German
um pouco portugues

Technical Writing & Editing | Localization

Copy Editing | Line Editing | Proofreading | Fact-Checking

Member of the Northwest Translators & Interpreters Society, ACES Society for Editing, and the Northwest Editor’s Guild.

After working as trainer, web developer, and eLearning developer for nearly twenty years, I recently decided to pursue my love of words and language while continuing to embrace my technical know-how.

I’m a lifelong polyglot who has never NOT been learning a language. My French and Spanish are a level C1; German is still a work in progress, though I’m currently around a B1-2; and I’m conversational in Czech, Italian, Portuguese, and Russian. I’ve also taught English to professional adults in Prague, Czech Republic as a certified Cambridge TESOL/TEFL instructor.

For the last 20 years, I’ve worked in web development and technology.  I’m an expert WordPress developer and I’ve worked on all aspects of development of eLearning projects – from implementing audio to design to training others how to use eLearning software (Captivate, Presenter, Connect).  [ Read more… ]

machine translation
Spanish and French to English translation
C1: Spanish, French
B1: German
A2: Czech, 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 /