Kate grew up on a South Devon dairy farm, and much to her Father’s dismay, has 3 sisters (or rather 303 if you count all the cows too). Her childhood was predominantly spent climbing hay bales, drinking milkshakes, having cow-pat fights, and co-managing the onsite pop-up Vet surgery, dedicated to rescuing the numerous mice victim to attacks by the farm-yard cats. However, when given the chance to start learning Spanish at school, the switch from pasties to paella seemed surprisingly natural. When the time came, Kate chose to take this further and waved goodbye to her welly boots to study Hispanic Studies at the University of Birmingham.
Kate spent the third year of her course abroad, splitting the time between Valenica and Coimbra. Delighted to discover that Valencia had its very own regional style milkshake in the form of Horchata, which is made from tigernuts so it is even considered a superfood, she felt right at home. Taking up various modules from phonology and phonetics to grammar and syntax, fuelled by siestas on the beach, Kate came away with a more in-depth knowledge of the Spanish language and the best tan she had ever had. A Universidade de Coimbra was established in the 1200s and is preceded by a mighty 150 steps, which was probably a good thing as daily pastel de nata consumption meant Kate’s blood was steadily becoming half custard. Back in the UK for her final year, Kate focused her dissertation on translation errors from Spanish to English in advertising discourse, and also wrote a fairy tale in Portuguese.
A few months after graduating, Kate gained a position at a medical translation agency in London where she learnt a lot about the industry and developed her skills in project management. Now an Account Manager at Mother Tongue, Kate is delighted to have professionally entered the niche world of Transcreation.
Likes: marshmallows, seeing Dachshund hounds run, dressing gowns
Dislikes: overcooked Yorkshire puddings, tequila, heavy metal music
Mother Tongue: English
Other Languages: Spanish and Portuguese