I am Kenny Cargill, a Russian-to-English translator specializing in the translation of marketing and legal texts as well as texts in the social sciences and humanities, including journalism, political science, sociology, history, linguistics and other allied fields. I also have experience translating texts in IT, computer science and information science, including software manuals and the localization of video games. I possess both B.A.and M.A. degrees in Russian language and linguistics from the University of Arizona.
I believe that the best translations are not slavish reproductions of their source texts. They should provide full adaptations of the meaning of the original while following the mechanical and stylistic conventions of the target language as well as the vocabulary usage of the relevant subject domain as expressed in that same target language. This includes the localization of dates and numbers as well as the translation of punctuation. Indeed, there are significant differences in the use of punctuation marks between Russian and English, and there is even a textbook devoted to this topic. So, for example, you will never find erroneous Russian commas popping up in my English translations. (E.g., “I want, you to come …”).
Unlike a larger agency, I can offer you a single, personal point of contact for your project. It is often the case with many agencies that they have high staff turnover, meaning that from project to project you might find yourself always working with different project managers who in turn might know different translators. It is a gamble whether you will be able to have a consistently effective working relationship given the different managers and translators working on your project. With me, I will always be the sole proprietor of my business, and you will receive the further advantage of working directly with the translator and not through an intermediary.
I can translate a number of file formats beyond MS Office, including Adobe Indesign, PDF, HTML, XML and various image-based formats (including, but not limited to, JPG, TIFF, GIF and PNG). I am comfortable translating handwriting provided the resolution of the image is high enough.
I also offer services for the preparation and formatting of texts for publication as e-books, including on the Amazon Kindle platform.