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Woodlands Writing- George McNamara

Translation and Text Correction

Technical Writing - Translation - User Friendly Work - Publicity Materials

Translation from German to English

The Cultivated Plants of the Tropics and Subtropics, by Prof. Sigmund Rehm and Dr Gustav Espig, for Margraf Publishing. This was a translation from German of a 400 page treatise, with botanical and cultivation information about all the major food and commercial plants.

Schmitter Catalogue. Schmitter are a major manufacturer of hydraulic components for use in industry and on vehicles fitted with cranes, tippers and rams. I have translated their catalogue from German to English, as part of their ongoing expansion into the international market.(with Margraf Publishing)

Nature Spirits and Elementals Beings by Marko Pogacnic, was originally written in Slovenian, then translated into German, then, with Karin Werner, we translated the German version into English (my work was mostly on the English text). This book was published by the Findhorn Press, and has been very successful, going to a second edition.


Hot Water from the Sun. The original document was written as a series of experiments using an 'artificial sun' for testing different designs of solar panels using materials locally and cheaply available in developing countries. I re-organised the raw data so that useful information would be accessible to technicians in the developing countries, e.g. coconut fibre may be 2% less efficient as an insulator than fibre glass for the back of a solar panel, but this may be very cheap, and so make good economics. I ensured that the book was organised in a user-friendly way and that it could be easily understood by the target audience (Margraf Publishing)

Text Correction of work by non-English authors. Many Europeans speak English well, but cannot write English accurately (I am the same with German). It is often better that someone does their in English and has it corrected (by me !), rather than the expense of translation from German.

Rainwater Collection Systems. This is a CD-ROM for Margraf Publishing, where I have done text correction and editing of the text for an audio-visual slide show and numerous introductory articles and case studies by a variety of authors, all on rainwater collection systems. The CD also includes the Conference Papers from the 9th and 10th International Conferences on Rainwater Catchment Systems

Colossoma - the salmon of the Amazon. This species was very difficult to rear commercially. Eventually a team of Hungarian scientists worked out how to do it, and wrote this book in English. I did the few text corrections needed for Margraf Publishing.

Micro-Hydro Power Newsletter. This was established by a German charity to link groups around the world working in this field (e.g. in Tibet, the Andes, Kenya) and to encourage technical collaboration directly between these groups rather than through European consultants. I did text corrections for several issues, especially where foreigners were attempting to write in English (FAKT, with Margraf Publishing)

Services in Germany. I lived and worked in Germany for 2 years, and I speak German well, and am comfortable with the culture. I would be interested in several types of work there:-

  1. Conference and Exhibition work, where English and German are both needed
  2. Hosting Groups of Visitors. During my work at the Industrial Auction Site that I managed in Neu-Isenburg (Sale of Agfa photo film factory), I hosted several groups from Hungary, Indonesia, China, and India, where the visitors had very poor English and no German at all. I was able to help them do what they needed to do.
  3. Industrial and Technical Sales. I am interested in all types of work in these sectors (including Industrial Auctions)

French Language. I lived in Brussels for a year, and my French is fair. I would be interested in translation work from French to English

There is also a Full List of my publications organised by publisher.

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