Translator Profile of Ralph Raschen

Graduate in Social Sciences (German Diplom corresponding to MA), author, translator, interpreter, proofreader, specializing in German (mother tongue), Italian (near-native) and English


Since 1986: Freelance translator, interpreter and proofreader. Specialising in: advertising, architecture, art, commerce, contracts design, ecology, film, history, journalism, law, literature, manuals, marketing, music, politics, social sciences, sociology, technology and tourism. (For some more fields and examples please click here.)

Main language pairs: Italian-German and English-German.
CAT tools: OmegaT, MemoQ, Trados, Wordfast, Across, Idiom, PhraseApp and others.

Since 1986: Freelance author, journalist, foreign correspondent and broadcaster (satire, politics, music, literature).

Since 1991: Author of novels and short stories.

Published author and translator: books, journals, radio.

Conducted sociological research (hermeneutics) and worked as translator on the Austrian government project: ‘Recent developments in the image of Austria in Italy and of Italy in Austria’.

Interviewer on research project concerning the living conditions of young people in Italy, Istituto di ricerca IARD, Milan (Italy).

Teacher on German language courses in Bologna and Porretta Terme (Italy). Teacher on Italian language courses in Germany.

Organised German language course for students of the advanced training program ‘Traffic telematics’ at the Carl Duisberg-Gesellschaft, Bremen (Germany).

Academic career

Studied Social Sciences at the Carl-von-Ossietzky-University Oldenburg (Germany), specialising in ‘Work and Production’, and at the University of Trento (Italy).

Awarded top marks for thesis on socio-psychology.

Attended Language and Translation Courses

Italian course at Oldenburg University.

Italian course at the Scuola di Lingua e Cultura Italiana per Stranieri in Siena (Italy), 1985.

Seminar ‘Problems in German-Italian Scientific Translation’ organised by the journal “Annali di Sociologia/Soziologisches Jahrbuch” (“Sociological Annals”), Trento (Italy).

Business English Course, English Language Service, Bremen.

Other courses

Studied on music course (Funkkolleg Musik) organised by the Deutsches Institut für Fernstudien.

Trained in classical guitar at the Music School in Oldenburg.

Work abroad

Italy (1985 – 1999), the Netherlands (2000), Malta (2009 – 2014).


Special mention for the short story “Abdallah in regola” at the literary competition III° concorso narrativa dal tema ‘Gli infiniti percorsi del costo sociale ed affettivo nelle relazioni difficili fra individui, culture e società’, Centro Sociale di Fiorentino, Republic of San Marino, June 1993.