Faces of Gengo: Fabrice

A full-time translator based in Spain, Fabrice is a French digital nomad. For him, continuous learning and work location flexibility are just a few perks of being a Gengo translator. Read his advice to newer translators.

Nationality: French
Location: Spain
Occupation: Online entrepreneur/ Full-time translator
Gengo translator since: 2015
Language pairs: English to French, English to French Canadian and Spanish to French

What languages do you speak?

French, English and Spanish.

If you could be fluent in any other language, what would it be and why?

Chinese and Japanese, because one of my future goals is to reach the Asian market.

Do you have experience living in other countries? If so, where?

Belgium, United States, Spain and Canada.

The lovely view from his home in Spain

On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you enjoy being a translator and why?

I will give it an 8. I love how I can constantly learn about new subjects/fields, choose the projects I want to accept or not, and work from pretty much anywhere as long as I have a fast internet connection. However, I wish the platform would offer more payment options.

How has translating for Gengo impacted your life?

It has brought me more business opportunities.

When you were growing up, what did you aspire to become?

So many things, and actually, I’ve achieved some of them. My expertise ranges from localization, trading and medical research.

Fabrice enjoys cycling in his free time

What quote do you live by?

No pain, no gain.

Name three of your favorite translation / language learning tools.

My top translation tools are CafeTran, SmartCAT and Linguee.

Recommend your favorite language-related books/films.

I would recommend the movie “Arrival”.

What advice would you give to new or aspiring translators?

Find work, hone your skills, find more work and repeat.

His relaxing workplace

What advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?

Work hard, be yourself and don’t listen to the naysayers.

What do you enjoy most about Gengo?

The Support team is by far one of the most efficient and responsive groups of people I have dealt with in the industry. Also, the variety of the projects offered is a huge plus.

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Jenie Gabriel

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Jenie Gabriel

Jenie creates and coordinates content for Gengo's marketing team. Originally from the Philippines, she was an advertising creative in Singapore before moving to Tokyo. In her spare time, you’ll find her wandering around the city or planning her next escapade.

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