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About

The Savvy Linguist has been involved in the language services sector since 2007. We have extensive experience in language teaching, translation, editing, proofreading, copywriting, interpretation and strategic communication; consulting to international and South African clients.

The Savvy Linguist is not a large-scale translation agency; we are a multi-dimensional, human-centric language services company, born out of the desire to help businesses and individuals grow apace with the demands of the modern working world.

At The Savvy Linguist, we place quality and accuracy above all else and your first point of contact is the company founder and director, Melissa Cawthra. Melissa is a qualified French < > English translator with 14 years’ translation experience. She specialises in the international development sector. See a comprehensive breakdown of Melissa’s qualifications and professional experience here.

Prior to establishing The Savvy Linguist, Melissa spent three years studying and working in Paris and enjoyed a career in international relations in South Africa. She has, among other things, interpreted at COP17, worked as an in-house translator and editor, monitored political-economic affairs at the French Consulate in Cape Town, managed teams of investigative journalists across 21 francophone African countries, and conducted research and implemented complex Africa-wide projects for a human rights NGO in the security sector; working on police accountability and democratic governance.

While Melissa is the primary language service provider, The Savvy Linguist employs a small, remote team of expert language practitioners on an ad hoc basis. Once clients have provided a detailed breakdown of their specific needs, projects are outsourced to the best person for the job, from our global pool of highly skilled freelance translators and editors.

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The Savvy Linguist offers a range of written and verbal language services.

Translation

Interpretation

Writing

Editing and Proofreading

Copywriting

Strategic Communication

Whether you’re a start-up, a marketing company, a publishing house, a large corporate, an NGO, or anything in between, we can help package the content of your product to fit the purpose and audience. In addition to translation and interpretation services in a number of language combinations, we offer editing, copywriting and strategic communication consulting services to maximise the impact and effectiveness of your internal and external communications.

As a company that is committed to delivering a product of the highest quality as quickly and efficiently as possible, we value open and transparent communication with our clients, and you can rest assured that we will be receptive and attentive to the specific needs and requirements of your project. We guarantee accuracy, reliability and a timely turnaround, and it goes without saying that we treat all projects with the highest respect for confidentiality.

We value open and transparent communication with our clients.

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Clients

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We guarantee accuracy, reliability and a timely turnaround.

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