My name is Sami Mills Seppälä. I am a Chartered Linguist (Translator) with over two decades of experience in translation, proofreading, editing, and terminology management. I have a BA and an MA degree in English, French, and Nordic Languages from the University of Helsinki, Finland. I have also studied in Sweden, France, and the UK. Based in Scotland, my preferred language pair is English into Finnish. I have both British and Finnish citizenship.
I am specialised in Information Security (antivirus, antispam, archiving, authentication, backup, firewall), Legal (End-User License Agreements, Privacy Policies, GDPR, Terms & Conditions, Terms of Service), Online Advertising (Google Ads & Analytics, SEO, SEM), Gaming (PC, console, mobile, and online), Software Localisation (UI, Help), Documentation (user manuals, brochures), and Marketing (websites, emails, documents).
Translating and writing for computer games and IT magazines helped me adopt a pragmatic and creative attitude towards translation. My main focus now is on the purpose of the text and the target audience.
My experience in customer services has made me mindful of customers' expectations and appreciation for good service. Listening to and speaking with customers has helped me put myself in their shoes.
Over two decades in various roles in the translation industry (as a translator, reviewer, terminologist, and language owner) has made me an all-round localisation professional.
I am a Qualified Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL), the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI), the Finnish Association of Translators and Interpreters (SKTL), Finnish Information Security Association - Tietoturva ry, and The Finnish Information Processing Association (TIVIA).
Continuing Professional Development
I am committed to life-long learning and maintaining and expanding my professional skills.
Notable CPD activities in 2018-2020:
Accounting for Translators
Financial Markets for Translators
Specialising in Financial Translation
University of Eastern Finland (Open University):
The Open University:
MSE’s Academy of Money
Gaelic in modern Scotland
Language Studies (Spanish & Scottish Gaelic):
SynergySpanish: Shortcut to Spanish (Audio & Video Lessons 1 - 31)
Mi Vida Loca: Real Spanish, Real Drama (Episodes 1 - 22)
SynergySpanish: Bola de Nieve - Fluency Builder (Modules 1 to 14)
Fearless Fluency Conversations: Spanish Adventures (Lesson 1 ongoing)
Bola de Nieve Part 2: Advanced Concepts Intensive (Module 1 ongoing)
LearnGaelic.scot (Beginners A1, Speaking Our Language, Duolingo App)
Weekly Gaelic lessons with Inverclyde Scottish Learners