Photo of QuintinQuintin is originally from Christchurch but has spent most of his life in Wellington. Many of you in the translation industry will know him well from his many years as a German to English translator, as manager of the Translation Service and as a member of the NZSTI Council. His studies in Linguistics, Translation, and European Studies at Auckland University, Victoria University and Leipzig University, as well as his time spent living overseas in Japan and Germany have led him down this challenging career path. As well as a love for all things linguistic, Quintin loves to sing as a tenor in the Orpheus Choir – see him in action on 29th August at the Michael Fowler Centre for Haydn’s Creation! His many interests include science and astronomy, music and drama, diving and wildlife, language and culture, classics and philosophy…phew!

Now let’s see if we can find out a little more about Quintin as he takes the TTS Proust Questionnaire….

Q. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

A. Simplicity.

Q. What is your greatest fear?

A. Meaninglessness.

Q. Which person do you most admire?

A. I admire many people for different things. One thing that sticks out right now is my old flatmate’s ability to have inspiring ‘wouldn’t it be great’ dreams and then actually come up with practical ways to bring people together and make it happen.

Q. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

A. Discomfort with asserting my own interests.

Q. What is the trait you most deplore in others?

A. Malice and spite.

Q. What is your greatest extravagance?

A. Books. Courses. Documentaries. Too many books. Too little time.

Q. On what occasions do you lie?

A. I try to avoid any deception, especially self-deception. I find that using wording that is technically true, or omitting something, can be significantly more deceptive than using wording that is technically false.

Q. What makes you happiest?

A. Passionate enthusiasm in all its forms.

Q. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

A. I would be bolder.

Q. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

A. The enduring friendships I’ve gained over the years.

Q. If you died and came back as a person or thing, what would it be?

A. I sometimes watch bunny sleeping on the couch in the sun or bouncing around the house and garden. His complete contentment with simplicity is something I would find hard to achieve as a person. That’s one lucky rabbit.

Q. What is your most treasured possession?

A. None really. My health.

Q. Who are your heroes in real life?

A. xxx

Q. What is it that you most dislike?

A. Intolerance and malice. Denial and wallowing in helplessness.

Q. What is your motto?

A. Be true. Be honest. Get enough sleep and eat lots of vegetables. If you live life by a motto, make sure you keep updating it.

We feature a staff member or one of our freelance translators every month. The featured profile includes a picture, a small biography and the person’s answers to a light version of the Proust Questionnaire.

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