About Me

I’m Catharine Cellier-Smart, a British-born professional French to English sworn translator who’s lived on Reunion Island, a French overseas department in the Indian Ocean, for a total of about 20 years since 1990.

I’m a member of the Syndicat National des Traducteurs Professionnels, the French national translators’ union, as well as IAPTI (the International Association of Professional Translators and Interpreters) and UNETICA (French national union of sworn translators and interpreters).

I’m also certified by IQC and Proz. You can find me on social media at LinkedIn, Viadeo, Google+ and Facebook.

This blog contains some of my reflections on language and translation.

I also write another blog about travel, mainly in Asia (where I lived for three years 2008-2011), the south-west Indian Ocean, Reunion Island, and scuba-diving. I’m the author of the Reunion section of the Insight Guide to Mauritius, Reunion & Seychelles.

See also In April 2012 I was interviewed by the Endless Possibilities Talks (EPT) team – you can watch ‘Adventures on a Faraway Island‘ here.


In the course of the past few years I’ve also made a professional presentation to BTS students at Lycée Amiral Bouvet high school, been interviewed by students from Lycée St Charles, given presentations at the Collège Hippolyte Foucque Career Morning four years running, participated in the Careers Fair of Lycée Leconte de Lisle, and run a stand presenting the translating and interpreting profession at Reunion’s Career Fair in 2015 and 2016.


Me, manning (or should that be ‘womanning’?) my stand at Reunion’s Career Fair in 2015.

Giving back:

As well as being a volunteer translator at Translators Without Borders, I’ve also been a volunteer interpreter for Med’Ocean, and I occasionally mentor new translators.


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