Carolyn Gelsomino


Carolyn Gelsomino

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My precise, proactive, professional services are built on a background of international studies, jobs and outlook. New and existing clients alike benefit from quality, customer focus, flexibility, responsiveness and 15 years of subject matter and client-side experience.


I’m a citizen of the world

Born in the US and raised in Toronto, Canada, my international background was established early, with schooling in Germany adding another dimension to my already multicultural life. Although I’m now based in Germany, with a deep understanding of the national psyche, I have always been open to – and thirsty for knowledge of – other cultures and traditions. I’m a strong believer in international communication and being part of the global community.

I never stand still

With my passion for international working ever-present, I shifted my humanities-focused studies to marketing and gained my state translation certification in 1997 alongside liaising with clients in my work as a key account manager. My academic interests in history and politics enrich my work with long-standing institutions and years of marketing experience have taught me the importance of truly listening to clients and remaining open to new ideas.

Let’s talk and find out together how you can make my honed skills and industry-forged experience work for you and your business.


ISO 17100:2016 certification

I have been awarded official ISO 17100:2016 certification in 2018 giving you peace of mind that you’re working with a consummate professional.

State-certified translator

In August 1997, I passed the German Chambers of Commerce and Industry exam for translators between English and German.


Constant CPD, such recently acquired TAUS post editing certificate, SDL training and attendance of industry events


I work with

SDL Trados Studio 2017, WordFast Pro and XTM International, as well as with several individual client-owned CAT-Tools.

Specialist degree

I graduated with an MA in Political Science, History and International Law from Heidelberg University in Germany in 1991.

International work and studies

I have completed studies in Bonn, Montpellier and Heidelberg and internships at the Institute of Historical Research in London and the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC. My professional life has included stints in Rome and Florence, and I worked as an international key account manager and marketing consultant for a Düsseldorf marketing service provider for 15 years.

My proactive, professional services keep clients coming back year after year.

Find out what they have to say about my tried and tested translations:

Carolyn has consistently provided us with exemplary services in both areas of translation and quality assurance and I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone looking for a skillful and reliable translation partner.
Irene Costopoulou,
Quality Manager, Orco S.A., Greece
Always a pleasure working with Carolyn she's professional and proactive, great communication. To top it all she's always on time and very reliable.
Gosia Glowacka,
Great Words, Warsaw
Carolyn is an absolute pleasure to work with. She provides reasonable ETA’s and doesn’t hesitate to ask if questions arise. Highly recommended!
Sylvia Ceulemans,
European Localisation Specialist, Watkins Europe BVBA, Belgium
Carolyn gehört seit vielen Jahren fest zum Diálogo-Übersetzerteam. Sie ist professionell, absolut zuverlässig und hat ein perfektes Gespür für die richtige Zielgruppen-ansprache.
Bea Bruchhaus,
Diálogo Sprachendienst, Almería, Spain
ETC Europe has been working with Carolyn since 2015 and we are very happy to count her amongst our most loyal and reliable freelance translators.
Angelina Jansen,
Managing Director, ETC Europe, Brussels