German-English Translator

Meet the Business Owner, Cathy Lara

Cathy Lara is the founder and principal of Cathy Lara & Associates, German Translation Services. Cathy can look back on many years of experience as a German-English translator in a wide variety of fields, including business, law, publishing and advertising.

Adding to her proficiency in German, Cathy has furthermore studied Dutch, Danish, French, Spanish, Czech and Ancient Greek, thus acquiring multilingual skills on which she can draw to enrich her translations. On her trips and during various stays working abroad in Europe, Mexico and Central America, she has come to know much about the different cultures and languages of these countries. In Paris, France, she worked as a French-English translator for a film production company. In Prague, Czech Republic, she taught English at the Center for Independent Journalism for a year. She spent over a decade in Berlin, Germany, where she worked as a German-English translator and as an editor for the English-language editions of various publications, including Qvest magazine and the monthly newspaper The Atlantic Times.

Born of a German mother and an American father, Cathy is a native of San Francisco who was raised bilingual. She holds an M.A. in German from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. with highest honors in Comparative Literature (German, English, and Ancient Greek literature and philosophy) from the University of California, Berkeley. Today, Cathy divides her time between Berlin, Amsterdam and San Francisco.

Cathy is a member of the American Translators Association (ATA).


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