1975 to 1979: Studied in the Faculty of ‘Theoretical and Applied Linguistics’ at the University of Leipzig (then known as the KMU, Leipzig)
1977 to 1978: Foreign study year at Charles University in Prague as part of my undergraduate course
1979: Graduated as a translator and interpreter in Russian and Czech
(Degree dissertation: The Czech transgressive and its translation into German)
1979 to 1991: Employed as an interpreter and technical translator at VEB Flugzeugwerft in Dresden
Duties: Translation of technical documentation, such as repair manuals, operating instructions, etc. (specialising in aeroplane maintenance); interpreting during conferences, scientific symposia, technical consultations, contract negotiations, etc.
Since 1991: Freelance translator and interpreter
1994: General swearing-in by the President of Braunschweig Regional Court for the Russian, Czech and English languages.