by Judith Pattinson


I'm Judith Pattinson, certified German to English translator, qualified editor and a native speaker of English. My business goes by the name of Signal Translations.


I hold NAATI professional certification as a German to English translator, and the well-respected Diploma in Translation from the Chartered Institute of Linguists (UK). I am also a keen member of the BDÜ, the German Federal Association of Interpreters and Translators. Prior to becoming a full-time translator, I worked for many years as a full-time editor.

My academic qualifications include a BA (Hons) and MA (both first-class honours) from the University of Melbourne and the Graduate Diploma in Editing and Publishing (GradDipEdit&Publ) from RMIT University. My CV contains details of my career and German language achievements.


I have solid experience in translating, bilingual and monolingual proofing and, more recently, post-editing of:

  • legal, financial and corporate documents
  • marketing texts, press clippings and press releases
  • certificates
  • literary translation, including Jan Bauer's graphic novel, The Salty River, published by Twelve Panels Press on 27 August 2015.

and more. See my Working Areas & Rates for further details.

My editing experience includes

  • Many years’ experience as a publications editor, both in-house and freelance, with a wide range of government and other organisations
  • a number of years as production editor for a magazine with a major Melbourne metropolitan newspaper
  • localisation and proofreading work
  • desk-top publishing and web design

Why Signal?


Because I aim for outstanding – signal – results.

And because I care about getting the right message across.


adj. [attributive]:

Striking in extent, seriousness, or importance; outstanding

Origin: early 17th century, from French signalé, from the Italian past participle segnalato ‘distinguished, made illustrious’, from segnale ‘a signal’


1. A gesture, action or sound [ ... ] used to convey information or instructions [ ... ]

2. An electrical impulse or radio wave transmitted or received

3. An apparatus on a railway [ ... ] giving indications to train drivers of whether or not the line is clear

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