Hello! I’m Chris Alexander, the man with the Lucid Eye! I’m a Spanish to English translator with a love for writing.
I’m from Newcastle in the UK and spend most of my time here, although I do travel to the beautiful city of Girona in Spain several times a year. I have a First Class Honours Degree in Spanish and History, an MA in Translation for which I was awarded a Merit and I am an affiliate member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting. I have completed proofreading courses with the Society of Editors and Proofreaders and I am also a qualified TEFL teacher.
My CV is quite wide and varied. I worked for a bank for a number of years. I have also worked in sales and customer services, taught English in Argentina, worked in the care industry, and also as a quality analyst. I now offer my services as a translator in the Spanish to English language pair, as a content writer specialising in travel writing, and also as an English teacher.
I have travelled extensively. Spain is a particular favourite of mine but I have been to many other countries in Europe. I also spent a year travelling around the world with my backpack for company. I began in South America, before moving onto Australia, South East Asia, and finishing off in India. A few years later I was back in South America teaching English in Argentina. This gave me the opportunity to immerse myself in the wonders of this amazing country for a second time.
I have a great love for all things Spanish; the culture, the history, the people, the music, the dancing, the nightlife, the beaches, the tapas, the wine, and, of course, the language. I have been learning Spanish for more than fifteen years and, although there is always room for improvement, I would describe myself as a fluent speaker with great communication skills. Working with the Spanish language and finding the correct equivalent in my native tongue through my translation work gives me enormous satisfaction. I have recently started to learn Catalan and I would love to add it as a language I can translate in the years to come.
I am a keen reader and have recently read books about Argentinian football, Isabella of Castille, Winston Churchill, Napoleon, the British Empire, Spanish history and the French Revolution. I also enjoy reading Spanish novels. My favourite authors are Isabel Allende, Ildefonso Falcones, Carlos Ruiz Zafón and Gabriel García Márquez. I also enjoy listening to music and watching films both in English and Spanish. I keep fit by jogging and take part in the Great North Run every year raising lots of money for charity. One of my greatest passions is sport, particularly football. I’m a lifelong Newcastle United fan and season ticket holder until recently. Now I generally only get to see them on the television which is probably a blessing in disguise. Howay the Lads!