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Editing

Structural, substantive or macro editing is done at an earlier stage, when you’re organizing the text. It is about big-picture changes and it might include rewriting.

Stylistic or line editing is usually the following step and is focused on clarity. It may involve reordering paragraphs, sentences and words, eliminating unnecessary words, reworking prose, smoothing out sentences and transitions, untangling complicated clauses, eliminating internal inconsistencies, finding the appropriate tone for the audience, etc.

If your text is already finished and just needs to be polished, what you might need is copy editing. Most clients contact us at this stage. This stage involves more mechanical work, checking grammar, punctuation, spelling, and ensuring that the text follows any required style guidelines such as APA or the Chicago Manual of Style.

Proofreading is done on texts that have been already edited. It looks at details such as typos, spelling errors, mistakes in punctuation that might have been overlooked, etc.

To provide you with a quote and to confirm availability, we will need the following information:

1) The document to be edited, ideally in Word format. If the whole document is not available or ready, send at least a few pages and the number of words.

2) When will you be sending the finished document to be edited.

3) When do you need it back (remember to allow for time to make the necessary changes or address any comments).

We will get back to you with a quote and a time frame for you to approve.

Please send the document in Word format. If that is not possible, please contact us to discuss details.

If relevant, send the style guidelines that apply to the document (APA, MLA, etc.).

Each project varies. We guarantee to finish by the given date. Whenever possible, we’ll try to finish it before. If the work is needed urgently, sometimes, it is possible to guarantee an earlier delivery time for an added rush fee.

Editing services are offered in American or Canadian English and in Spanish (any variation).

Although it is always ideal to have someone else read your work, it is not always possible due to time and other constraints. My objective is that my clients become aware of the issues I point out and learn how to deal with them on their own, so that eventually they can edit their own work without external help.

I’ve been doing editing work for the past 20 years; the last 12, as an independent contractor. I specialize in:

  • Education and academic documents: school applications, grant applications, essays, articles, theses, dissertations, book chapters, books, reports, etc.
  • Business: reports, business plans, website content, brochures, etc.
  • Non-fiction: memoirs, guidebooks, travel articles, etc.

You can check the comments from previous clients here.

GST (Goods and Services Tax) is charged in British Columbia for writing, editing  and consulting services. Clients outside of Canada are not charged taxes.

Upon payment, I provide an electronic receipt either at the end of the project or at the end of the month. If you need me to include any specific information, please let me know ahead of time.

All work you submit will remain strictly confidential. We will not distribute, disseminate, sell, or disclose any information communicated in the documents you submit to us.

For bigger projects, we provide an agreement/contract. We are also happy to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

Get a voucher with discounts for future services if you refer us to your friends or colleagues for any of our services.  Ask us for more details..

As you’re the author of the text, I will suggest changes on the Word document for you to approve, ignore, or address. It is up to you to make those changes.

Fees vary by project and depend on the length and technical level of the document, the amount and type of work needed, and the time available to do it.

A final quote can be given for your approval before starting the job. If you’re working within a budget, let us know and we will be happy to provide you with options.

There is a minimum charge of $65 for editing services.

Rush service is possible for an added fee (any project needed within 48 hours, after office hours, or during the weekend is automatically considered a rush project).

For longer projects, the timelines will vary; ask us for a specific quote.

Evaluations and quotes are provided for free and without any obligation.

You can pay with cash, eInterac (preferred for clients in Canada), cheque, or Paypal/credit card.

Small projects are paid in advance. For bigger projects, I send an invoice for the first half and payment of that first half is considered as the “go ahead.” Once I finish the document and send it back, the second half of the payment is due. For long-term projects, it is possible to arrange for payment in instalments.

On-going clients are issued an invoice at the end of the month for the work done that month.

 

Translation

  • English to Spanish
  • Spanish to English
  • Portuguese to English
  • Portuguese to Spanish
  • Italian to English
  • Italian to Spanish

For translations to or from German or French or other language combinations, please consult with us.

This depends on the specific requirements of your project. We will review your documents and email you a quote with our estimated cost and turnaround time, as well as payment details.

If you require a rush project or quote, please indicate that in your request. Rush turnaround time might be possible for an added fee.

If you would like to proceed with our translation services, a signed quote and/or payment is required in order to confirm the project.

Yes, please clarify which language variant do you need. For example, do you need Spanish for Spain, Mexico, or Argentina? English for the US, Canada, or England?

*Localization refers to the process of adapting a text so that it is linguistically and culturally appropriate to the country or region where it will be used.

Word documents are preferred, but we also work with PDF documents, Excel spreadsheets, websites, PowerPoint, etc.  Contact us to discuss details.

Unless otherwise specified, the translation is sent as a Word document. We try to keep the original formatting as much as possible.

For other options or if you need added formatting, please  Contact us.

Research/Education/Academic documents, Technical/Manuals, Travel/Tourism, Construction, Mining/Geology/Natural Resources, Environment/Ecology, Food Production, Information Technology (IT), Nonprofits/Government publications, Advertising/Marketing,

Note: At this moment we’re not offering medical, legal, or certified translations.

The cost of each project varies according to word count, language pair, technical difficulty, and turnaround time.

With enough information about the document(s), we can provide an estimate, but it may need to be revised upon receipt of the document(s) and final requirements.

Whenever possible, together with the request for a quote, please email us at least the following information:

  • the document(s) to be translated
  • from which language (source)
  • to which language (target)
  • deadline
  • any other specification

There is a minimum fee of $65 and we offer discounts for large volume, regular clients, and for first-time clients.

eInterac is preferred within Canada. Paypal/credit card if you’re located outside of Canada.

For cash payments, cheques, bank transfers or other types of payment, contact us.

Payment is due upon project confirmation for projects up to $200.

For bigger projects, payment can be scheduled in instalments, for example, half before starting and the rest upon receipt of the finished work.

Pricing is provided in your own currency.

GST (Goods and Services Tax) is charged in British Columbia. Clients outside of Canada are not charged taxes.

Upon payment, I provide an electronic receipt once a month. Let me know if you need me to include any specific information.

All work you submit will remain strictly confidential. We will not distribute, disseminate, sell, or disclose any information communicated in the documents you submit to us.

For bigger projects, we provide an agreement/contract. We are also happy to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

Get a voucher with discounts for future services if you refer us to your friends or colleagues for any of our services. Ask us for more details.

 

Instruction

I am Uruguayan-Canadian, and though I have lived all around the world, for the past decade I’ve been based in Vancouver, Canada.

The Spanish used in class is standard Spanish. If you want to learn a specific variant of Spanish (for example, from Spain, Mexico, or Argentina), let me know and we’ll include relevant vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and expressions as needed.

The English used in class is standard North American English. Differences in spelling and vocabulary between Canada and the United States can be discussed, if the student is interested.

I’ve been teaching languages for the past 20 years, one-on-one and in small groups of up to 20 people.

My youngest student was 2 years old and the oldest was closer to 80.

I specialize in customized, flexible classes to meet the students where they’re at and to target their specific needs, objectives and learning style.

Most of my students are intermediate to advanced and professional levels, but I also accept beginner students who are serious about learning the language.

Professionals who need a good command of Spanish or English for their work. That includes engineers, geologists, biologists and other scientists who work in Spanish-speaking countries, doctors of Spanish-speaking patients or other language professionals such as teachers, professors, translators and writers.

Employees of companies that work with Latin America, Spain, or any English-speaking country and need to learn or improve their command of Spanish or English and be aware of cultural norms and customs.

Individuals who plan to travel or live in an English or Spanish-speaking country or has an interest in Anglo or Latin cultures.

High-school and university students who want to do better in class or need to prepare for an exam.

I’m a bilingual English and Spanish speaker and went to a German immersion school for 14 years. I speak Italian and Portuguese, and understand French. I’ve also studied Arabic, Russian, Greek and Malay and used them at a beginner level at different points in my life.

We can work with a textbook if you prefer to do so, if you are currently taking a Spanish or English course in high school or university, or if you’re a total beginner.

Otherwise, as textbooks are meant for groups in classroom settings, it might be better to focus on where you are at and work to strengthen the knowledge you have already acquired, fill the gaps, and add material according to your needs and interests.

We can work with any book you might be using if you are following a course.

In general, I suggest several websites with free resources, exercises, texts and audiovisual materials as stand-alone or complementary material.

I also bring material to the class and send complementary material by e-mail targeted to your specific needs and interests.

I usually teach Monday to Friday, between 9 AM and 7 PM.

Schedules change constantly and are usually reorganized at the beginning of each semester (January, June and September). I try to keep your preferred schedule from semester to semester. Please confirm at least a couple of weeks ahead of time to avoid disappointments.

Occasionally, it is possible to arrange classes outside normal hours.

Classes can be online (using Skype, Googledocs, FaceTime, email, etc.) from anywhere in the world or in person in Vancouver (near Main @ Broadway).

Classes at the student’s house or office are sometimes possible within Vancouver, for an added fee. Small group classes are at the students’ houses or offices.

The standard rate is $55/hour for one-on-one classes, either on Skype or in person.

An added fee is charged to go to students’ houses or offices.

Ask about package rates for small groups, companies, or intensive courses.

You can pay with cash, eInterac (preferred for clients in Canada), cheque, or Paypal/credit card.

Payments are due the first week of the month—this guarantees that your preferred dates are booked and confirmed.

Upon payment, I provide an electronic receipt once a month. Let me know if you need me to include any specific information.

With enough forewarning and provided there is availability, there is no problem in changing the schedule of your classes from month to month.

Classes are booked and paid each month in advance. Cancellations within that month are charged in full.

Get a voucher with discounts for future services if you refer us to your friends for tutoring or other services. Ask us for more details.

Gift Certificates are available for classes or other services. Ask us for more details.