Sarah McDowell



Thanks for visiting my profile! I am a full-time professional Russian to English translator. I launched my freelance business in 2012. My areas of specialization include tourism, marketing, the creative arts, and literary texts. I am a native speaker of English from Canada. I have studied and lived in Russia for many years.

I work with corporate clients (both large and small), translation agencies, and private individuals from around the world.

Fields of expertise

♦ Tourism/Travel

♦ Marketing

♦ Literature

♦ Art

♦ Cosmetics/Beauty

♦ Fashion & Style

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Personal Approach

I take a very personal approach to your projects, essentially becoming part of your team. I ask questions to determine the intended purpose of the translation (i.e. why was the text chosen to be translated and what role will it play in your company's success). Knowing how the text will be used is important when deciding how certain words and phrases are translated. For example, if it is a promotional text, you can be sure that the translation will be compelling and persuasive. I am very creative but I also pay attention to even the smallest details. The end result are translations that are true reflections of the original Russian but are also highly expressive and naturally flowing in my native English.


My goal is that your Russian texts will become easily accessible to English speakers, who will perceive these translations as if they were originally written in English. When you entrust your texts to my care, you can be sure that they are in good hands. You will be proud to display my final translation as the English version of your website or show off creative printed materials (brochures, etc.) that are oriented towards a global audience.


My education includes an Advanced Degree in Economics and Russian Studies from the University of Manitoba (Canada), study as part of a Master's program in World Economics in St. Petersburg, Russia and the Level 3 Certificate in the Test of Russian as a Foreign Language (TORFL). My experience of living and studying in Russia enabled me to become fluent in Russian and obtain in-depth knowledge of Russian culture, traditions, and society.

I look forward to hearing from you and I am interested in finding out more about your translation and editing needs. I would be glad to help out with your upcoming projects! It will be great to chat with you by telephone or in an online call.

To book a no-strings-attached free consultation about your project, contact me today!

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Language Pairs

- English

Translating Services


Translating Tools

Atril/Deja VuMemoQSmartCAT

Translating - Areas of Specialization

Business - Advertising & public relationsBusiness - Economics & financeBusiness - Hotel managementBusiness - MarketingBusiness - Travel & tourismEntertainment - FilmEntertainment - MultimediaEntertainment - MusicEntertainment - TheaterIndustry & Technology - AgricultureIndustry & Technology - CosmeticsIndustry & Technology - Textiles & fashion

ATA Divisions

Literary DivisionSlavic Languages Division




Primary Phone

(204) 918-6292



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