FAST, ACCURATE, 'FOR EVERY LEVEL' TRANSLATIONS!!! (From basic to academic level)
I'm originally from Lugano, a city 80 km north of Milan (Italy). Lugano lays in the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland. Since there we speak Italian, my mother tongue is also Italian. Our accent is similar to the one you hear in Milan.
I have a PhD in molecular biology from the ETH Zurich (Switzerland). I've been working in academic research ever since and now I'm setting up an internet business. That is why I work part-time as a translator.
I LOVE languages and being able to express myself in the language of the person I'm talking to!!!
ITALIAN: Italian is my mother tongue. My favourite Italian writer is Italo Calvino!
FRENCH: I started studying French at school when I was 8 and continued practicing it ever since.
GERMAN: I started studying German at school when I was 10 and continued practicing it, especially from the time I went to Zurich for my university study. Eventually I also learned to speak Swiss-German.
ENGLISH: I started studying English at school when I was 15 and I speak it regularly since I work in an international environment (academia).
DUTCH: I have been speaking Dutch since I came to the Netherlands 13 years ago (2004).
SPANISH: Spanish is very similar to Italian. I've completed the basic Duolingo 'Spanish for French speakers' course (to also refresh my French of course ;). Too bad it is only a basic course.
As next languages I would like to study Russian, Chinese and, of course, Spanish.