Profound Knowledge. Technology. Law.

Studies at the University of Heidelberg

Graduate translator Tatjana Heckmann

Portrait of the translator Tatjana Heckmann

I studied at the renowned Institute for Translation and Interpreting at the University of Heidelberg, which was founded back in 1929 and was the first of its kind in Europe. A degree in English and Italian not only taught me the theoretical principles of linguistics but also gave me in-depth subject expertise in technical and legal matters. I also focused on computer-aided terminology and translation work.

I have now been working as a technical translator for 25 years and have been able to continuously expand my language and specialist knowledge during this time. Both in everyday life as a translator and in the form of consistent further training. I regularly attend seminars and workshops held by my professional association to consistently enhance my expertise. My focus is on the areas of mechanical and plant engineering. In addition, I read technical books in my working languages English and Italian to keep up to date with current developments.

Intercultural competence

Working languages and culture

Mastery of the working languages and knowledge of the cultural, specific characteristics of a country are part of the tools of the trade of all good translators. Only a 360° view for a country and its people, its language and culture, as well as an unwavering interest in the current developments of the countries in which the working languages are spoken, make it possible to understand the context and to translate the source text correctly.

Communication in context

Language and culture are always closely linked: Only if you understand the cultural context can you translate a text flawlessly. I lived and worked abroad for 10 years, including in Vienna, Rome and San Francisco. The knowledge and skills acquired in this way are invaluable to me and are refreshed during regular stays abroad. Of course, this knowledge also flows into my translations.


Trade association membership

I am a full member of the German Federal Association of Interpreters and Translators. A BDÜ membership stands for high quality and professionalism. As a customer, you can be sure that you are working with a professional translator who has not only undergone a rigorous admission process, but is also bound by the current version of the Professional Code of Conduct.  Finally, BDÜ members must meet strict admission criteria and agree to abide by the professional and honorary rules.  Around 8000 colleagues organized in the BDÜ also offer the possibility of working with qualified translators when needed.

In addition, in 2013 I launched the German-Italian translator network Punto Italiano together with my translator colleague Maren Paetzold. YOUR ADVANTAGE AS A CUSTOMER: For large projects, I can call in expert colleagues as needed to handle larger jobs quickly and efficiently. On the Punto Italiano website you will find competent translators for the following subject areas in the language combination German-Italian/Italian-German:

  • Industry & Technology
  • Law & Administration
  • Economy & Finances
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Tourism & Catering

On Punto Italiano we also regularly publish interesting blog posts on German-Italian topics.

Current expertise: Technology and language



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