Dariush Robertson

Freelance Chinese to English translator

Translation and Localization
  1. Chinese to English Translations,
  2. The Chartered Institute of Linguists,
  3. Newcastle University
  1. Newcastle University,
  2. Chinese Culture University,
  3. OPA
  1. University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
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A resourceful and detail oriented freelance Chinese to English translator with over 4 years of translation experience. I am a native speaker of English and have lived for over 6 years in Taipei. I translate texts of Simplified, Traditional and Classical Chinese into high quality English. When translating I strive to both embrace the spirit of the original Chinese text and create a seamless translation which reads as an authentic piece should.

I completed an MA in C-E Translating, and T&I Diploma at Newcastle University (UK), where I received training from Linguists and translators at the top of their respective fields. I am also a full member of the Chartered Association of Linguists (MCIL), and a Certified PRO on ProZ.com.

I have three specialist areas of translation: art, literature and video game localization.

- I have a solid background in art (BA in Fine Art) and have exhibited my own work in galleries and public spaces. I am very interested in Chinese art, especially paintings (ancient and modern). I have translated several art texts, some of which have been published.

- I have an interest in Chinese poetry and literature. I have translated a broad selection of poetry and literary texts. A collection of 39 poems by Wang Guozhen which I have translated has recently been published:


- I have conducted around 30 years of research into video games, and have worked with industry leaders to localize various smash hit games. Many of which are available on iOS, Android and PC. This has involved translating and proofreading in the region of 2 million characters.


Freelance Chinese to English translator

Chinese to English Translations
– Present (5 years 1 month)Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

I translate Chinese texts (Traditional, Simplified and Classical) into high quality English. I work with numerous translation agencies across America, Asia and Europe.

Over the past two years I have worked on multiple video game localisation projects, translating and proofreading well over a million characters.

My areas of specialism include: Chinese art, video games, literature, tourism and travel.

DipTrans Examiner (Chinese into English)

The Chartered Institute of Linguists
– Present (1 year 10 months)

Selected by the IoL Educational Trust to mark the transcripts of candidates hoping to pass the prestigious DipTrans exam (Chinese into English strand).

Part-time teacher and demonstrator

Newcastle University
– Present (4 years 1 month)

In the 'Subtitle Translation Module' - I mark the Mandarin into English subtitle homework, and provide critical feedback. In the 'Information Technology for Translators and Interpreters Module' - I work as a TA, demonstrating the taught elements of the class.

Mandarin (Traditional Chinese) to English Subtitle Translator

Newcastle University
(2 months)Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

I translated the subtitles (Chinese to English) of the Taiwanese movie: Once Upon A Time In Kinmen (巨獸), which was directed by Chun-Han Shi (施君涵). The movie has won the ‘Merit Award’ of the ‘Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood’: http://www.hollywoodcff.com/2011_Merrit_Winners_(Winter).html, and has been shortlisted for several other awards.

English teacher

Chinese Culture University
(3 years)

I taught a wide range of group classes, including: Business English, conversation English, and presentation English. I gave seminars on British culture to Taiwanese officials. I have also taught many specialised private classes.

Syllabus designer and English teacher

(1 year)

I designed a working syllabus for an English school aimed at teaching adult students from beginner to advanced. I also taught several of the classes I had designed.


Gratitude: Chinese - English Version(Link)


A collection of 39 poems by renowned modern poet Wang Guozhen.


Monkey King OL(Link)

Project manager for CN-EN transcreation, localization + testing of Mokylin's 大闹天宫 title.

Team members:

Blood and Jade(Link)

Team members:



Certified Pro
– Present


University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

  • Specialised Translation (Distinction)
  • Translation Studies 2 (Distinction)
  • Literary Translation (Distinction)
  • Subtitle Translation (High Merit)
  • Chinese to English Translation (Distinction)
  • Translation Studies 1 (Distinction)
  • Poetry Translation (Merit)
  • Research Methods (High Merit)
  • Translation Project (High Merit)


  1. English

    Native or bilingual proficiency
  2. Traditional Chinese

    Full professional proficiency
  3. Simplified Chinese

    Full professional proficiency


  • Localization
  • Translation
  • Literature
  • Chinese Art
  • Linguistics
  • Editing
  • Proofreading
  • Mandarin
  • Teaching
  • Chinese to English...
  • Subtitle translation
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Traditional Chinese
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Chinese
  • Language Teaching
  • Research
  • Interpreting
  • Intercultural...
  • Foreign Languages
  • English
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University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

MA, Translation (Mandarin to English), High Merits and Distinctions

I am the only native speaker of English to have completed the Chinese to English Translating MA course of Newcastle University, which is considered the most prestigious Chinese-English T&I course in the UK, and is rated by the international community as being one of the top three Chinese-English T&I courses in the world.

Activities and Societies: Class Representative

University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Diploma, Translating and Interpreting (Mandarin to English), Merit

I consistently out-performed my peers in terms of Chinese to English translations. Upon completion of this year I was asked by the university to mark the Chinese to English translation work of the following year's students (whilst I studied on the MA course).

Chinese Culture University

Chinese (Mandarin), Advanced

I studied at the Mandarin Training Centre of Chinese Culture University for three years. I had 14 contact hours per week, and a similar amount of homework. I studied the following Chinese language modules: Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Lower Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate, Lower Advanced, and Advanced. I achieved grades of 90% and above for each module.

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