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 pursued 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 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.