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The business

JMR Language Services is run by Janine Roberts, who translates from Swedish, French and German to English. Experienced technical editor Sandy Morrison provides technical advice, revises completed texts and can also act as a technical writer in various contexts.

Our experience is summarised below. A separate page gives our qualifications in more detail.

Janine Roberts BA MIL MITI - experience

Janine has been working as a professional translator for more than 30 years. Initially she specialised mainly in the translation of technical texts from French and German to English but gradually started taking on more Swedish to English texts from early 2000 onwards. Initially most projects involved automotive and railway texts but in more recent years she has also taken on a number of tenders and technical press releases for public sector end clients. The majority of her translation work is now from Swedish to English.  

She also revises texts written by non-native speakers who require the additional polish a native English speaker can provide to such texts.

Janine graduated in 1975 with upper second class honours having studied French and German. She then went on to study Swedish part time and took the Institute of Linguists Final Diploma in Swedish in 1982, obtaining distinctions on four out of five of the exam papers.

In the early years after graduation she worked for Hepworth and Grandage in Bradford. Anyone interested in classic cars will probably have heard of the Hepolite piston manufactured by the company.

She joined the company in 1976 as a technical translator and over a period of ten years took on various roles in export sales and shipping. The company manufactured engine components and castings for the automotive industry and gave Janine a good grounding in the technical terminology so necessary to her current work.

Webinars and presentations

More recently Janine has given a number of presentations and webinars on two subject areas: translation tools and terminology management.

More details can be found on this page.

Sandy Morrison BSc - experience

Sandy graduated from Edinburgh University with a BSc degree in Physics and Mathematics. After a number of years in different jobs he moved to the paint industry, working for eight years in research, development and quality control for two industrial paint companies in Birmingham (both factories now closed).

He then worked for six years in a technical capacity for the major German coatings raw materials supplier Henkel (this business area was subsequently divested as Cognis and has now become part of BASF).

Publishing experience

In 1995, he moved into Business to Business publishing, becoming the Technical Editor then Editor of Polymers Paint Colour Journal. After a short spell as Editor on another coatings journal he became a freelance editor and writer in various roles:

Across these journals, he has worked in many different roles, carrying out virtually every editorial task at one time or another.

However, his main expertise is in editing and revision of technical texts, abstracting and reporting on events such as technical conferences and exhibitions; (with accompanying photographs; some photos can be found on his flickr page).

A few examples of his written features are on the Features web page.

Sandy and Janine enjoying a meal during a cruise holiday around Norway