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Nikki Hegstrom

editing (technical and nontechnical) | localization & translation | French, Spanish, German to English

Translation / Localization
French, Spanish, German

Copyediting, Line Editing, SEO,
Technical Editing, Online Content

Web/Wordpress Development
Small Businesses & individuals

[To skip to the work detail, you can click here for editing, here for translation/localization, or here for the web development that I still occasionally do.]

Bonjour, hola, guten Tag, olá, buon giorno, dobrý den, and привет!

This is… oh, I don’t know, about the 80 millionth incarnation of my website (across many URLs) since I started my first blog in 2003. That first blog was meant to be a journal of my move to and my life in Prague, Czech Republic. Once I returned in 2007, I just kept on going. I’ve loved to write since the moment 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, in her Guatemalan 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’m currently working on getting German and Portuguese up to C1 level. I can also hold conversations in Czech, spent a year learning Arabic, can get around in Italian, and can speak rudimentary Russian. (I don’t always know what it all means, but I can read and pronounce Cyrillic.) [ 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 /