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Benjamin Zadik
Telephone: (+1) 415 702.0096

Translator / Writer in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian and English

Professional Experience …writer, translator, designer, motivated to learn
Apr 04 – present Language Director (including writing and translation)
Babble-On Translations, San Francisco, CA

• Founded and maintain Babble-on Writing & Translations (, a professional translation and writing agency. Copywriting for diverse industries and formats, including complete web sites, press releases and technical texts. Supervise a team of dozens of freelance translators in order to offer clients around the world writing and translation services in over 20 languages. Frequent language and international consulting for corporations looking to expand beyond their current borders, and managing translation projects of every conceivable size with a diverse range of texts, including advertising, technical, press releases, correspondence, political, juridical, general texts, as well as literature.

Sep 05– Sep 06 Quality Rater (French/Spanish)
Google, Inc., Mountain View, CA

• Analyzed and constructively compared search queries in both French and Spanish to determine their utility. Cultural and linguistic analysis based on language and country.

Aug 03 – May 05 Graduate Student Instructor
University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

• Prepared and led discussion sections in Latin American Studies and Survey of World History. Wrote evaluations, prepared lessons, special lectures, and determined grading.

Oct 97 – Mar 05 (seasonal) Web Designer
The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens,San Marino, CA

• Design and programming of a website, selling and marketing rare succulent plants to a specific audience.

Mar 01 – Jan 02 Foreign Teaching Staff
AEON Corporation, Nagoya, Japan

• Prepared and taught lessons in English language and Western culture to Japanese students of all ages. Private and group lessons. Interviewed prospective students. Counseled long-term students.

Oct 00 – Mar 01 Account Coordinator / Copywriter
JWG Associates (now TMP), San Francisco, CA

• Wrote advertising copy for print and radio. Managed clients. Placed ads in various media.

Aug 99 – Mar 01 Writer
*surface magazine, San Francisco, CA

• Researched/Wrote technology articles for this modern design magazine (circ. 100 000).

Educational Experience …skilled, dedicated, and ready for what’s next
2003 – 2005 Master of Arts in Latin American Studies
University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
1996 – 2000 Bachelor of Arts in English Writing
Pomona College, Claremont, CA
Language Certificates:
Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina (Jul–Dec 1998); San Francisco State University (Jan–Dec 2002), Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal (Jul–Aug 2002), Pontifícia Universidade Católica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Jan–Apr 2003), Universidad de Salamanca, Spain (Jun 2003); Alliance Française, Toulouse, France (Jul–Aug 2005); Società Dante Alighieri, Milan, Italy (Jun 2006); Università per Stranieri, Perugia, Italy (Jul 2006), State University at St. Petersburg, Russia (July 2008); State Polytechnic University, Odessa, Ukraine (summers 2009-2010).
Publications & Award Experience …accomplished, detailed, and creative
  1. "A la crêperie, ma chérie," Hungry? San Francisco (2007). Restaurant Guide.
  2. "String Theory," Tank magazine 4:8 (Jan 2007). Short fiction.
  3. "Monsters," Tank magazine 4:6 (Jul 2006). Short fiction.
  4. "California: a guide to moving," (2005). Travel guide.
  5. "End of the Rainbows," Back Alley Arts magazine (Aug 2004). Short fiction.
  6. "Life is Easy," Tank magazine 3:9 (Feb 2004). Short fiction.
  7. "Obligation Day," syndicated by Chicken Soup for the Soul (2003). Short nonfiction.
  8. "Coorstek," aired on Bay Area stations (Jan 2001). Radio commercial.
  9. "Eye-D" *surface magazine (Dec 1999). Technology article.
  10. Consultant for Top Secret Adventures: Brazil, Highlights for Children (2004).
  1. "Fidel Castro and I" on Spanish -> English.
  2. "Mashed Potatoes (Polenta Fritta)" from Twenty Stories plus One. Italian -> English.
  3. "Violence and Impunity" & "Eldorado dos Carajás." In Human Rights in Brazil 2003, Global Exchange, 2004. Portuguese -> English.
  4. "Preface." In Human Rights in Brazil 2004, Global Exchange, 2005. Portuguese -> English.
  1. Finalist, 2005 Gather Short Fiction Competition, for “Came the Monster”
  2. "Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor" (2004) University of California at Berkeley.
  3. "Robert and Alice Bridges Summer Field Research Grant" (2004)
Other Experience …multilingual, computer-literate, published writer
  1. Spoken Languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, & Hebrew. Intermediate Japanese and Russian.
  2. Computers: Mac & PC; typing: 70 wpm; programming experience: BASIC, Applescript, and HTML, including Web design.
  3. Writing: Published.Two novels seeking publication with literary agent. Samples available by request.
  4. Travel & Cooking: Traveled to over 30 countries. Lived in 6 different countries outside the USA. Along the way I have picked up some cuisine from each region.