How I became a translator
I have always loved adventures and travelling. When I was in primary school, I wanted to understand every person on this planet. At high school I realised that if I speak English, I will be able to understand many people. But how to learn English if we only had Russian at school? My father said English lessons are a waste of time because I would not study anyway. I learned English on my own, but with limited resources my English was very basic. When I was 18 I was on a trip to Amsterdam, where I met my ex-boyfriend, a South African. I spent the next four years in Amsterdam delivering pamphlets into postboxes. During this time I learnt to speak, read and write in English. I wanted to see his country and in 1999 I moved to South Africa. I immediately fell in love with Durban, a coastal town where the sun shines almost every day and swimming in the ocean is possible all year round. When we broke up I decided to go back to the Czech Republic. It was not what I really wanted to do, but in South Africa it is almost impossible to get well paid job without good education. “I will be back one day,” I thought.
When I got back to the Czech Republic I started to concentrate on my career path. I started to teach English and I got my driving licence. I obtained my ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) certificate. Around this time I met my current partner and the father of my son. When Czech Republic joined the EU I wanted to move to Great Britain. My partner joined me on my adventure and we stayed in the UK for a year.
When we came back to the Czech Republic I stared to teach English again. I also translated several books for publishing houses Ekopress and Computer Press.I had been translating books for about a year or two when I enrolled at the University of South Africa in 2009. I soon realised that studying online is more demanding then I anticipated and it was not realistic to think I can manage to teach, translate and study. So I decided to stop translating for a while. The following nine semesters I did nothing else but work and study. In 2013 I graduated Cum Laude and I became a qualified Geography, Business Management and ICT teacher for grades 7-12. After I finished my studies, my son was born. He is now 6 years old and about one year ago we moved to the Canary Islands, where we live now. In am the owner of a Czech website about Tenerife www.pruvodcetenerife.com which I created and now keep up to date.