Biography

ABOUT ME


 

Word Up Translations was founded by Sandy Alblas. Sandy developed her knack for languages early on. With a Dutch father and an American mother, she was immersed in English from a very young age. As a result, studying English Language and Literature at Utrecht University came as a natural choice.

 

Sandy graduated with honours in 1996, after which she obtained a degree in teaching. Following several years of teaching English both in the Netherlands and abroad, Sandy enrolled in a translation course at the ITV University for Translators and Interpreters to master the fine art of translation. In addition to obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in translation, she accepted a job as an in-house translator at Amsterdam-based translation agency The Language Lab. Thanks to her bilingual upbringing both her Dutch and English translations are authentic and accurate, and her experience in education and the business world serves as a valuable source of information for her translations.

 

SANDY ALBLAS

English translator

WORK AREAS


 

Over the past 15 years, Sandy has worked directly or through translation agencies for a wide range of companies, providing first-rate translation services to clients in the Netherlands and abroad. Her main work areas are:


 

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• Corporate communications 


• Marketing/PR


• Tourism


• Fashion


• Events (conferences and exhibitions)


EXPERIENCE


2008 - present

Word Up Translations


DUTCH-ENGLISH TRANSLATOR

Translation, editing and proofreading.

2014 - 2016

The Language Lab


IN-HOUSE DUTCH-ENGLISH TRANSLATOR

English translator and proofreader at Amsterdam-based translation agency.

2001 - 2006

Stichting Jeugdformaat


EDITOR/GROUP LEADER

Editor of research reports and articles. Worked with children with special needs.

1997-2001

Maerlant Lyceum, Albany School of English, St. Bonifatius College


ENGLISH TEACHER

Taught English to secondary school grades 1-4, and TEFL methods and techniques to all levels and age groups.