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The Translation Connexion

The Translation Connexion.

As a French native, I made my  move back to France a few years ago as an expat.

At that point, I had spent most of my adult life in Kent, England. I understand some of the frustration and stress that occur when you're moving to another country.

So many administrative tasks had to be undergone! Luckily, I speak good French,  I'm a native ! But other expat friends really struggled and constantly had to rely on people like me or obliging neighbours to help out.

 There was no quick and easy way to make the arrival in the new life as pleasant as dreamed of.

The "getting settled in France" experience was far from being a smooth one for anyone I know to have done it. Especially with fragile French.

One day, when I was traveling for business, it all clicked in my mind.

I had to put my past experience, my perfect understanding of the ins and outs of bureaucratic France and my bilingual competency to use and to the service of others who are planning to come live in France or indeed are already living here.

I had to guarantee the "settling in your French life" bit, to be THE smooth experience it can be !

I literally take care of everything you need to get settled smoothly. Whether that is following up (and chasing up!) your French healthcare paperwork or getting a phone line connected, I make all the calls and can even answer all those quirky questions that suddenly arise when you start adjusting to life in the French lane!

It’s not just a language service, because although some issues may be quite simple, they can take a very long time to resolve, especially where healthcare is concerned. 

On behalf of my clients I follow up everything which can sometime be a lengthy process. Whether you are early retirees on a private pension, retirees on a state pension, still earning income from a UK employer and wanting to access cover in France for your entire family who now lives here, or no longer on UK income, working in France or not yet but planning to, … (and this list is non exhaustive), there is a way to access French healthcare cover in France.

Surprisingly though, what may take the longest is getting hold of the paperwork from the UK! I have even had clients who have been incorrectly advised to give away their rights to the UK NHS as they were making a move to France!.

Dealing with an unexpected property crisis - such as a huge water leak - can be particularly alarming. I know who to turn to, how to deal with it and how to minimise potential costs or losses. This combination of experience and understanding of life in France makes The Translation Connexion a great resource for house buyers moving to the south west.

France is a great place to live, so don't let a bumpy start or a few administrative ride spoil your fun.

Welcome to the smoothest way to settle in France!

First Aid Kits.

You've done it! Your dream finally came true!

You've now moved into your new French house in the sun!
But you may also well be wondering how to get about all those basic things like: Get a land line or the Internet set up, get your EDF contract appropriately running, and so many more !...

Go with the hassle free option and book one of our First Aid Kits !

Live Translation.

Forget the frustration and stress caused by not understanding the person you're trying to communicate with.

Leave the awkwardness sometimes caused by a language barrier, to short holiday breaks during which this issue will have no real consequences.

Your French is not strong enough to take you through that important meeting without a struggle? Do yourself a favour, choose the Translation Connexion option!

Document Translation.

French/English     English/French

Traductions Professionnelles / Professional Translations
Terminologies specifiques à votre industrie / Using industry specific terminology

Translating not just words but caring about nuances and cultural influences.

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Water Overage

"My Husband and I and our two children moved to France in July of last year.

We actually engaged Kate to help us with finding a way to gain health cover in France. We are not entitled to free health care here, as we are not a part of the french social system (my Husbands company is UK-based which means we pay tax in the UK, not France).

However, within days we were in the midst of a dispute with Veolia. Kate's remit changed. We discovered we had a hidden, but huge leak under the house which had been gushing (and wasting) water, for months. The bill was astronomical and we knew we had to appeal to Veolia. I had heard about the minefield of french bureaucracy, so I didn't fancy the prospect of making the necessary phone calls in my limited French. We were so pleased that we had Kate at the end of a phone to reach out to, who made all the calls for us.

She helped us through the very complex business of appealing to Veolia, researching our legal rights and liaising with our french landlord. She found a law that protects people in cases of water overage, which meant that instead of a having to pay Veolia 5.836 Euro's, we actually paid them 247.74! Kate is obviously worth her weight in gold! The case isn't completely finished, as we have to wait until Jan next year for the final bill, but we are keeping our fingers crossed that we will be able to appeal at least part of the remaining amount (approx 2,000 Euro's). I will certainly pick up the phone to Kate, as I'm sure we'll need assistance then, too.

Her translation services are invaluable and she has been an enormous support. She is warm and friendly and always professional, clear-thinking, calm and unwaveringly efficient. French bureaucracy was everything I had heard and more. I can safely say now that I have experienced it in all it's demented glory. Thank goodness we had Kate, I think I would have gone mad making the journey without her.

Now we are starting on our next project with Kate. Getting back to the medical cover! She has found a way of utilising the Tax we pay in the UK to apply for reciprocal cover in France. There's even hope I'll be able to recoup the expenses I've incurred retrospectively, since we arrived in France. I'm sure I could never have gleamed this information solo.

Everyone needs a Kate in their life!"

Fleur Hollis Gleave - 06 - Biot

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