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With high attention to detail and a passion for doing in-depth research, I will produce well-researched, accurate,
high-quality translations for you,
saving you time and hassle.

About Me

My name is Zoe Womack

I'm a professional Japanese-English translator and linguist
based in Australia.

 

I've been translating part time since 2012,
and full time since late 2022.

 

I have a Master of Translation Studies (Japanese) with Distinction from the University of Western Australia,
where I graduated with a perfect GPA and was even valedictorian!

So, you could say that I have a passion for perfection!

Zoe Womack, UWA, Master of Translation Studies (Japanese), Graduation
Zoe Womack Master of Translation Studies UWA University of Western Australia website

You can read about my experience with the Translation Studies course on the University of Western Australia's website.

As a native English speaker with a strong background in linguistics and the language industry,
I have excellent knowledge of English grammar and punctuation.

Combined with my advanced research skills, keen eye for detail, and passion for perfection, 
you can rest assured that your translations will be accurate, grammatically correct, and well written!

I have a deep understanding of the Japanese language and culture through
living in Japan for 9 years and passing JLPT N1, the highest level of the
Japanese Language Proficiency Test.

Having a strong background in the Japanese language also means that I have the ability to understand complex (and even abstract!) Japanese texts and pinpoint their underlying messages and intent
— an indispensable skill for a professional translator!

You can hear more about my journey to becoming a translator in my valedictory speech video below.

Zoe Womack Kinkakuji Temple Kyoto 2004
Zoe Womack wearing a kimono in Japan while on the JET programme as an ALT
Zoe Womack as an ALT on the JET Programme

Through living and working in Japan for almost a decade,
I have gained a deep understanding and appreciation of the Japanese language and culture.

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Why you should work with me

  • You can rest reassured that I am qualified and professional.
    I have a Master of Translation Studies and adhere to the AUSIT Code of Ethics and Conduct.

     

  • You can trust that my expert knowledge and understanding of the Japanese language and culture will result in an accurate translation of your text.
    Avoid the risk of mistranslations, omissions or unnecessary additions introduced by unreliable machine translation or amateur translators.

     

  • I'm a native English speaker with a strong background in linguistics, years of experience in the language industry, and superior knowledge of English grammar and punctuation.
    You can count on me to provide you with texts that are grammatically correct, eliminating your risk of putting off customers with awkward, incorrect English.

     

  • My passion for perfection will ensure that you get an accurate, thoroughly researched, polished product.
    Save yourself time, hassle, and money by eliminating the need to keep getting translations checked and re-checked by non-professionals who may actually be introducing more errors to your text!

     

  • Feel free to contact me in either English or Japanese to discuss your needs and get friendly, personalised service.
    I will look over your enquiry and get back to you as soon as possible within 24 hours, even on weekends and public holidays!

Zoe Womack giving her valedictory address at the University of Western Australia. Master of Translation Studies (Japanese) with Distinction
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Have a question or want a quote?

Please feel free to get in touch!
You can contact me via email, phone, social media, or by clicking the 'Contact me' button below.
I will respond to your query within 24 hours, even on weekends and public holidays!

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Qualifications
Awards

Qualifications, Education,
Awards & Achievements

Qualifications
Zoe Womack. Master of Translation Studies
JLPT N1. Japanese Language Proficiency Test N1. Zoe Womack. Professional Japanese to English translator.
  • Master of Translation Studies (Japanese) with Distinction, University of Western Australia, 2022​​

    • Valedictorian*, perfect GPA

    • Studied:

      • Localization​

      • CAT tools (SDL Trados, MemoQ)

      • Translation practice (JP>EN and EN>JP)

      • Translation revision & post-editing

      • Ethics for translators

      • Corpus-based translation studies

      • Translation strategies
         

  • JLPT N1 (Japanese Language Proficiency Test), 2019​​​

    • The highest level of the internationally-recognised Japanese Language Proficiency Test.

    • A summary of the linguistic competence required for each level can be viewed at the official JLPT website.

* Watch my valedictory speech here.

Awards & Achievements
  • Webinar presenter for AUSIT, June 2023.

    • Presented a webinar called "Starting Out as a Freelance Translator: Business Skills for people new to the industry"
       

  • Japanese-English literary translation contest winner, 2023

    • Winner of a Japanese to English literary translation contest held by Japan Creative Agency, March 2023. Results announced in April 2023.
       

  • AUSIT Student Excellence Award, 2022

    • AUSIT (Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators), is the professional association for translators and interpreters in Australia.​

    • Awarded for showing high academic achievement during a translation degree.

Japanese to English Translation Contest results. Zoe Womack literary Japanese translation winner
Starting out as a Freelance Translator webinar

I presented at an AUSIT webinar about business skills for freelance translators.

Language Education
Graduate Certificate of Asian Languages (Japanese) from Murdoch University. Zoe Womack. Professional Japanese to English translator.
Certificate IV in Applied Language (Japanese) from TAFE. Zoe Womack, professional Japanese to English translation.
Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies), University of Western Australia.  Zoe Womack. Professional Japanese to English translation.
  • Graduate Certificate of Asian Languages,
    Murdoch University, 2011.​​

    • Studied Intermediate and Advanced level Japanese.
       

  • Certificate IV in Applied Language (Japanese)、North Metropolitan TAFE, 2011.

    • Intensive part-time course in practical Japanese language skills.
       

  • Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies), University of Western Australia, 2010.​

    • Major in Japanese language

    • Study abroad at Kansai Gaidai University in Japan, 2009.

    • Studied units in:

      • Japanese (Intermediate & Advanced)​

      • Asian studies

      • Linguistics

      • Creative writing

      • Professional writing

      • English literature

Professional Development
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Further Study
Language Education
PD & Further study
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Watch my Valedictory Speech

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