Marita S

Berlin, Germany

“Changing the world, one apostrophe at a time.”

Marita S

Specialist subjects:

American Studies Communication & Media Studies Creative Writing Cultural Studies Education English German Language & Literature Linguistics TESOL Translation Studies


BA Language, Culture, Translation

Mainz University (FTSK Germersheim)


MSc TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

University of Edinburgh


Favorite referencing style

I like Harvard referencing because I use it most often and it's easy for me. Also, I'm not a big fan of footnotes, so Harvard referencing is always a safe choice.

Why I became an editor

As an English–German translator, I am passionate about helping people communicate across different languages and cultures. Proofreading fits in well with this, as well-written articles, business proposals, resumes, or university essays can make all the difference for success. I also like the idea of doing something good by helping students get accepted to their dream university.

Background and experience

For many years I worked as an editor for a software company and as a translator for a translation agency. Now I'm a full-time freelancer and really enjoy the variety of editorial tasks. Every day is different and holds new topics for me to proofread and learn about.

Why I love proofreading and editing

I have a strange obsession with correct apostrophes and foreign language idioms. I appreciate well-written, easy-to-read work and often find errors in newspapers and other written pieces that have already been proofread. Proofreading such a wide range of subjects broadens my horizons; it feels like lifelong learning in my day-to-day work.

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Favorite book:

I like Wild by Cheryl Strayed at the moment. I recently hiked from Berlin to Venice across the Alps and can relate to her tales of hiking, rain, snacks, blisters, and breathtaking scenery.


Traveling, hiking, and being out in nature are my favorite pastimes. I also like to bake and eat cake.

Editing tips:

I always check the language set first to make sure I get all the spelling help I can.

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