Who am I and how I work

Who am I

My name is Clay Johnson. I come from Phoenix, Arizona in the United States, but I’ve been based in Berlin since 2011. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in German and History, as well as a minor in Psychology at Arizona State University in 2008. After completing these studies, I moved to Europe and began teaching English as a foreign language to adults and children, first in Poland, then later at summer schools in England and as a volunteer in Honduras. While I continued teaching English after relocating to Germany, my main goal was to complete an MA in Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. It was during this time that I began editing and translating, both at various university institutes and for other organizations in Berlin. Since finishing my degree in 2016, I have continued my editing and translating work.

My areas of interest and expertise include sociology, political science, history, psychology, pedagogy, education and music. The languages that I am most proficient in are German and Spanish, but I am able to read Portuguese and Polish well, too.

Feel free to visit my profiles on Linkedin and ProZ.

How I work

I read every text that I receive thoroughly. If I don’t understand something, I ask questions. Moreover, if there is something that appears to be confusing or unclear in the text, I leave comments for the author. In the case of copy-editing, I make suggestions if I think that another expression would be more fitting. I read and reread: in the case of copy-editing and proofreading, I revise a text at least twice. In the case of translations, I reread my own translation three times – once directly after it has been translated and twice more later. I prefer to do revisions on different days so that I always look at the text with fresh eyes. This reduces the possibility that small errors have snuck their way into the text. If I do however misinterpret a passage, I am always ready to answer questions, incorporate suggestions and to reread my work. Whatever the subject and assignment are, I strive to always offer my clients a reliable service!