About me

Feel welcome on the web site, where I would be pleased to offer my services based on my expertise not only in the fields of translations and interpreting.

And why have I named my website bugavec? In this way, I have decided to revive this, the almost forgotten and already one-hundred years' old nickname of our kin.

    Legal structure

    • natural person — freelance translator (business established in 1992)
    • Sole Trades Register No. 102-7539
    • I am not VAT payer
    • IČO (Organisation ID) 317 38 982
    • DRČ (Taxation ID) 1024 86 0705

    Standards I adhere to when doing my work

    • ISO:17100 Translation services; Requirements for translation services
      Even I have not been accredited according to this standard I always do my best to adhere to it and to act on the principles as laid down in it.
    • Act No. 382/2004 on sworn experts, interpreters and translators, as last amended
    • As translator (not interpreter) registered in the list of translators administered by the Ministry of Justice of the Slovak Republic I am fully aware of my obligations, rights and duties related to this activity. Owing to this reason I follow this rule even when making non-legal translations as a freelance business.

    My educational background & professional experience

    • chemistry (chemical technology)
    • agriculture (plant production, plant protection)
    • international law & relations, EU law, diplomacy
    • (hazardous) waste handling, disposal & recycling
    • dangerous goods transport (ADR)
    • environmental impact assessment
    • using of EU´s structural funds

    Other fields of my interest

    • organic farming and beneficial organisms
    • biomass, non-tradional & alternative sources of energy
    • poppy, hemp, nectar sources, medicinal plants, edible & medicinal fungi
    • tissue cultures
    • non-traditonal methods to influences plant growth
    • bee keeping & related issues
    • history & ancient technologies
    • astronomy and the action of neglected cosmic and earthly influences on our life

    The principles I adhere to, when doing my job

    "Everybody according to his capacity and abilities."
    As soon as I become clearly aware that due to either my technical incompetence or lack of time I may not manage the translation project ordered, I prefer to reject it so as not to disappointing my possible client and to enable it to find a new supplier in time; if the case may be, I would him a concrete supplier.

    "My client is my master."
    I always take for granted my loyalty to my Client and I believe in mutual confidence.

    "Miracles while you wait, impossible within three days."
    Despite of this I expect Client’s comprehension that translators are just human beings, and not translation machines. Though it is impossible to translate everything and immediately, however, it is possible to translate a lot. Sometimes only a bit of Client’s patience may be required. On the other hand, a delayed delivery of the source text would undoubtedly result in unnecessary stress and may threat both a good management and a timely delivery of the translation project requested.

    "Nobody is either perfect, nobody has fallen down sapient from the Heavens or everybody has his right to err."
    I do not translate robot-likely, but first I use to make my best to comprehend the essence and the technical background of the Project to be translated. Whenever required and possible, I always consult the terminological and technical aspects of the Project with my client. I expect from my Client its due assistance and answers to questions that may seem unimportant. When required from and agreed upon with my Client, the translated Project may additionally be technically reviewed and checked by a linguist or a native speaker. However, such reviews are extra invoiced. Any technical and terminological comments by Client and review results are always sources of lesson and new knowledge not only for me, but also for Client as well. Therefore there are always welcome and enable us to avoid unpleasant complaints in the future.

    "More heads are better one."
    In any case I do not reject to work with a well concerted team of translators. I can ensure any client that in events of larger technical translation projects it is always better to have them finished a bit later, eventually using CAT tools (e.g. Trados or Wordfast) by one or a small team of well concerted and mutually acquainted translators than to receive and to pay for a “technical translation” project hammered together in the eleventh hour by a heterogeneous group of mutually unacquainted translators, who desperately miss and have almost no prompt access to direct, technical advice from the client.

    Whenever possible, I will greatly appreciate multilingual versions of source translated projects as I can make cross references, check their respective wordings and better understand them in cases of any doubts.

    The following entities belong to my past or present clients

    Acropolis • Arysta-Agro Slovakia • Aspena • CEET • Cut-e Slovakia • City University Bratislava • European Crop Protection Association • Havlát & Partners — advokátska kancelária • HMP, Hobrascón Huarte Hydromeliorácie • Chemtura • Infotrans Germanus • Ministerstvo pôdohospodárstva SR • Praxide • PT servis • Rekal • Siemens • Slovalco • Slovenská asociácia ochrany rastlín • Sprint-Press • Syngenta Slovakia • Tandem Academia • Translata • VKM

    Insurance against possible damages caused to clients

    I have made a policy with Allianz insurance company to cover possible damages caused to my clients due to my translations.