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Chinese (Mandarin) Translator/Interpreter/Teacher

Yi Yu

Academic Background:

Nov 2002 - MBA in International Business
Coventry University, UK

Jun 2001 - Diploma in Travel and Tourism Administration
College of Tourism and Hotel management, Nicosia, Cyprus

Mar 2000 - Certificates for standard and advanced courses
IATA/UFTAA (International Air Transport Association/United Federation of Travel Agents' Association)

Jun 1996 - BA in Computer and Computer Applications
Jilin University, China

Teaching & Translation Experience:

Jan 2008 to Current -
Freelance interpreter, translator, proofreader, and voiceover artist (Mandarin and English with accent) for numerous international clients for online lectures, GPS, IVR, commercials, airlines, training programs, business presentations. etc.
I translate for varieties of companies and provide proofreading service and supervising other talents.
I teach Mandarin to adults at University of Hawaii Maui College’s non-credit program.

Some of my regular clients include:
  • Apple (Apple hotline in China)
  • Training programs for IBM, HP, Motorola, Novartis, UN, Adidas, Gulfstream, Pfizer, Merk, etc.
  • E-learning lessons for: www.busuu.com (all female voices are me, and I proofread all the lectures and website contents), Rosetta Stone, and EF
  • GMV, TransPerfect, Voice Express, Interact Video, Local Concept

May 2009 to 2010 -
Translated comic books, directed Chinese artists and produced 5 comic books, and published in New York (Penny. P.I)

Jan 2007 to Jan 2008 -
Yafa Pen Co in Canoga Park, CA, USA
Worked as the interpreter in the purchasing department
Job descriptions: Communicated with our suppliers in China and Taiwan, developed new production lines, placed orders and responsible for freight and quality control

Dec 2004 to Dec 2005 -
In China
Taught foreign English teachers Mandarin and taught university and high school students English

2002 Nov to 2003 Nov -
G-Leisure Co.Ltd, Birmingham, UK.
Asian Market manager

2001 Oct to 2002 Nov -
Freelance interpreter for two traditional doctors in England


Chinese (Mandarin)
I have studied German and French, which are just basic level. I also speak Greek.


Traveling, reading, hiking, kickboxing, darts, eating, watching movies, writing, cooking, meditating, planning on learning hula dance soon
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