I was trained as a comparative linguist of Indo-european languages, so I completed the usual drill of Latin, Greek and Sanskrit. After some years studying ancient languages, I decided to focus on more mundane matters and I moved on to the Romance and Germanic branches of the family.
Quite a change, during which I picked up what I know of German, Dutch and Danish. Reading Middle German poetry was among the best intellectual experiences of my life. Alas! Everything comes to an end. As I was growing bored of the theoretical part of linguistics, I started to look into professional translation, an activity which at first glance seemed very natural to me, although I was more used to the smell of old pages than I was to staring at a computer screen.
That was the moment when I decided to broad my horizons by traveling to the People’s Republic of China, where I completed an internship and an intensive Chinese language program.