My name is Igor Kalinin, I live and work in the south of the former Soviet republic of Ukraine (Odessa and the Crimea). Born in 1972, I am married now with one child. I studied in Odessa State University majoring in physics but my excellent English skills proved to generate more income than science so far. I started working as a translator in 1998 when I worked for an international exhibition company. Since 1999 I have been basically working as a freelance translator, although I have had some regular jobs and I have been part of Stirlitz Translation Agency since 2004. I have a few translator partners in Russia and Ukraine who can take over if I am not available or cannot tackle a job for other reasons, and proof-read my translations to ensure high quality.
Although I basically studied English on my own (you can read about my experience in my personal web site) I finished Odessa State School of Foreign Languages in 1999 and got all A marks in English after going through all 4 semesters in one. My vocabulary is over 11,000 basic English words (without borrowed and international ones) and many more derivatives and expressions. Besides English I can speak some German.
Half of my work is associated with dating. Since Russian and Ukrainian women are more feminine and family-oriented than most American women, and take good care of themselves to look great, there is a growing demand for so called mail order brides (which is an incorrect term, by the way) in the US. For some reason I often have to translate private letters, phone calls, interpret in person, and do some minor related jobs such as flowers delivery.
This does not mean however that I am a matchmaker (although I am thinking about setting up a dating agency). So far I am just a translator. Also, a substantial part of my work is technical translations which I mainly do for Russian companies and government bodies. Thus, my subject areas include computers and IT, software & web sites localization, general engineering and industry, machinery, construction, oil and gas, physics, chemistry, radiology, contracts. Due to my educational background I am able to deliver adequate translation of such documents.
Also, I have been lately getting more work as a travel guide taking care of accommodation, transportation, etc.. For travel related questions and interpreting, please refer to my other web site: UkraineGuide.IgorKalinin.Com.
You can read my resume and more about me in my private web site www.IgorKalinin.Com. To learn about my services and rates, please go to the next page.
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