My name is Lotte Sembach Madsen. I’m a native Dane currently living in Malta. I have always had an interest in languages and cultures, why I enjoy travelling and living in different countries. So far I have lived in Denmark (growing up), Germany (6 months, Erasmus), New Zealand (1 yr., exchange student), Australia (6 months, working holiday), Cyprus (4.5 yr., working), Estonia (2 years) and now Malta.
Since spring 2012 I have been working freelance as a translator/proofreader, which is both interesting and educational. When translating different topics, you are always gathering new information and learning about new things. My main topic these days are igaming, website content, in-game text, T&C, seo text, promotions and the like.
How can I help you?
On this site you can read about me, my services and subjects within translation and communication that interest me. Under the post-tab you’ll find entries of different topics. I’ll be posting new entries here from time to time (unfortunately not as often as I hoped), so keep an eye out or submit your email address and get an email every time I post something new.
Please feel free to contact me, if I can be of any service to you or should you have an idea for a post or questions regarding translation or cultural communication.
Because of my interest in languages and cultures, I started studying at Aarhus School of Business. Today I hold a Master’s degree in German International Business Communication, PR and translation. As well as a bachelor’s degree in English and German Business Communication.
Life in Denmark
I grew up on a small island in Denmark, Falster, where being able to communicate with the many tourists was a must. To earn some extra pocket money I got a job at the local hotel ‘Hotel Falster’ and later on at a cafe in the city centre. Here I also got to use both my English and German skills, and not least I learned how to be service minded, open and willing to adapt.
At the age of 16, I went on an exchange to New Zealand for a year – which was the biggest gift my parents ever gave me. Once you enter the world, your life perspectives change – you become aware of the differences and likenesses. My year away was the beginning of many trips, exploring the world and its cultures. I later lived in both Australia, Germany, Cyprus, Estonia and now Malta. I have been in many different countries in the world and experienced their cultures. I only hope to keep on travelling for the rest of my life.
After high school, I moved to Aarhus (2004) (second biggest city of Denmark) to study at Aarhus School of Business, next to my studies I also worked at a cafe at the school. Here I worked alongside 35 other students from all study lines and with different nationalities. I became good at balancing my studies, work and spare time. When working in a changing team you also learn to corporate with many different people. In a busy environment you need to be one step ahead of the action, maintain the big overview and make the customers happy.
Life after studying
After finishing my studies in 2010 I followed a 6 weeks Adobe course. Here I learned how to use Illustrator, DreamWeaver, Photoshop and InDesign. As a part of the course, we were asked to create a series of products for a client, to demonstrate that we could create likeable products according to the client’s wish.
In 2010 I also gave birth to our daughter, Mikkeline. Shortly after finishing maternity leave I started as a marketing assistant at IngenCO2.dk (CO2-neutralwebsite.de), where I contributed with my German skills, writing press releases, articles, translations a.s.o. as well as performing B2C tasks.
After this, I worked on a project for Whiteaway.com, where I had to create text for two new home pages Knau and Adelberg. The text was to be created in Danish, German and English (the sites have however been closed down now).
Life as an expat
April 2012 I moved to Cyprus with my family as my husband got offered a job there. I started as a freelance translator working mainly for a translation company, All-in Translations. Besides translating regularly for All-in Translations, where I’m the language manager for Danish, I’ve also translated a book for Bloomsbury Publishing and worked on other small jobs, e.g. LMA Gaming and Klimabevidst.dk (please see the section: Portfolio).
2013 was also the year I gave birth to our second child, Jamie. As maternity leave in Cyprus is more or less non-existing for working mothers, I only had 2 weeks off until I started working part-time while taking care of our baby. When he went to nursery I picked up full time again for All-in.
From September 2015 to May 2017 I also worked for MyTrendyPhone, who specializes in phone and tablet gadgets and repairs. I mainly translated the product descriptions, title text and meta descriptions for various gadgets.
In my spare time, I also write text and update the facebook site for the family website Cypernguiden.dk, which – hence the name- is a guide for Danish tourist about Cyprus.
In August 2016 our family moved to Tallinn, a bit of a weather change compared to our sunny life in Cyprus. This also meant that I started my own company, Sembach OÜ, under which I do all my business now.
Now 2018, two years later down the road our family has yet again changed scenery, my husband’s job has once more taken us down south to another sunny island, namely Malta.
Where to find Sembach