Feb 242018
The Republic of Estonia 100

It is with great pleasure that I am able to wish everyone a happy 100th anniversary of Estonia! We became independent in 1918 and it’s been quite a ride for everyone concerned! May we see a 1000 birthdays more… On this joyous occasion, I’m presenting you 10 interesting facts regarding Estonia.   1) The longest […]

Jan 012018
Looking back on 2017

Happy New Year! Yet another year coming to a close, so it’s time to look back on what’s been done and what still needs doing. Though there have been several topics on my mind I’ve considered writing more about (translator vs editor, translation rates, in-house CAT-tools, etc.) there never seems to be enough time lately. […]

Aug 012017
Summer Days 2017 (ECEA)

This time, the Estonian Copy Editors’ Association held the summer days in Kolkja, Peipsimaa Visitor Centre. Our gracious hosts Kairi and Heiki introduced us to the local life and rich history of the building itself. After touring the house, the editors enjoyed a wonderful lunch of chicory soup, onion pasty, and samovar tea. The tea, […]

Jan 162017
Christmas, New Year, Birthday

It’s been quite a while since the last post and a lot has happened in the meanwhile. Obviously, things have been busy for the Alchemist! Christmas First of all, Merry (if a bit late!) Christmas to everyone. I hope you spent it cozied up near a fireplace with a hot drink. My own festivities were […]

Aug 022016
ECEA Summer Days

The Alchemist has just returned from the summer days of Estonian Copy Editors’ Association (Eesti Keeletoimetajate Liit, ECEA). During the two-day event (held on 30th-31st August) in the magnificent Olustvere manor, several vital issues were discussed. After arrival and settling in, the participants were divided into two groups and got to try out either pottery […]

Mar 142016
Native Language Day

Today is the Estonian Native Language Day! An important occasion for all the translators, considering we work with living language every day. I wish each and every Estonian a happy, productive, and fluent day ahead. PS. Don’t forget to attend the annual e-dictation 🙂

Jan 012016
The Alchemist turns 2!

Some facts and figures for 2015 Invoices sent: 92 Projects completed: 192 Busiest months: February & December Gray hair gained: 2 Shortest & longest project: 1 word & 117304 words Most frequent translation area: Technical Most interesting project: Contraception website New clients gained: 3 Record project income: 5000 € Translation vs Editing: 97,5% vs 2,5% […]

Dec 262015
Merry Christmas!

Finally, the time of peace and quiet is upon us! I wish you all a relaxing and carefree Christmas time with your family. Most of my translation and proofreading projects have been finished for the holiday season, so… Fa-la-la-la-la, let’s take a break! Your favorite English-Estonian translator, the Alchemist

Nov 162015
J'étais Charlie, je suis Paris

There is no justification for terrorist attacks. None. Innocent lives, forever lost to misguided notions. What deity will exalt in the death of the blameless?   My thoughts are with you.

Apr 272015
Spring is here!

… and so are various large Spring projects I’ve been laboring with for the last few months. I have already finished a few demanding projects and am about to close some others by 1st of June, so I’m already waiting for a vacation to recharge my batteries. As the last (and my first!) year was […]