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Katya Filatova

Freelance translator specializing in creative translation (tourism, marketing, fashion, music)


Katya has been in the translation business for 8 years, and 6 of those years she has been translating for hotels, airlines, jewelers, restaurants, etc. The choice of specialty areas has been predetermined by her previous work experience as a sales manager in a hotel and her life-long passions. Katya has been speaking regularly at conferences and webinars for translators (alone and together with Joseph Kovalov). In 2013, she saw her first literary translation published (The Stone Angel by M. Laurence).

Creative Translation: Off We Go! Practical aspects of translation for hospitality and travel industries

How often do you smile or sigh when you see absurd Russian texts in foreign hotels and restaurants? Do these spoil your impression of the hotel you are staying at? Have you tried your hand at translating such texts yourselves? If you have, you will probably agree with us in that it is always a challenge, and even the simplest things can cause you lots of trouble when you try to render that in Russian. What do your clients expect from your translation? How do we make the text attractive, and the client happy?

Come join us as we try to find answers to some of the typical questions that translators have when working with copy related to the hospitality, tourism and travel.