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Başak Balkan

Interpreter and Translator

Turkish, English, and French

What I translate

My area of specialization is MARKETING (copywriting, advertising, websites, brochures), in the automotive, cosmetics, fashion industries:

One of the world's leading tire companies (website, services, videos, tire information, in-house training, questionnaires, apps, website articles...) +200.000 words

A world-famous French fashion house (in-house training on how to sell, package, fit clothes; cream and perfume information) +100.000 words

A well-known French sporting goods retailer (branding, posters, product information, videos, questionnaires) +100.000 words

Photochromic lenses and glasses company (website, brochures for clients and for sellers) +50.000 words

Transcreation of advertisements for a Swiss watch, a Turkish airline company, a German shampoo company, an international pharmaceuticals company, a French water company

Manuals: cranes, a smart thermometer, smart scales, smart watches, work clothes, printers, laser marking equipment..... +50.000 words


Product information for a company producing personal protective equipment against falls from heights: +10.000 words


Instructions For Use of cancellous bone screws, hip systems, knee systems, Intracranial Multilayer Flow Modulator (MFM) device designed to treat Intracranial Aneurysm  +35.000 words


Sandman Therapy software to be used with a certain device designed to combat sleep apnea 3000 words

Study Synopses, Case Reports, Clinical Drug Trial Correspondence  7000 words




İhsan Şerif Kaymaz, "The Founding of the Turkish Petroleum Company and the Partition of Middle East Oil" 

İhsan Şerif Kaymaz, "Tragedy of a Deceived Nation: The Assyrians" 

İhsan Şerif Kaymaz, "Britain's Kurdistan Policy at the end of the First World War"

Uğur Altuğ, "Ottoman Fortresses in the Balkans in the Fifteenth Century" 


printed in: :

Erol Üyepazarcı, Raşit Çavaş. "Abdul Hamid II's Enthusiasm for Crime Fiction and the Crime Novels Translated for Him." 

Ismail E. Erünsal. "The Book Trade and Booksellers in Istanbul and Other Regions of the Empire." 

Christoph K. Neumann. "Three Modes of Reading: Writing and Reading Books in Early Modern Ottoman Society" 

Özgür Türesay. "Ebüzziya Tevfik’s Matbaa-i Ebüzziya" 

Tülün Değirmenci. "A book is read by how many people? Some observations on readers and reading modes in the Ottoman Empire."


Çınla Akdere, Nathalie Sigot. "Political Economy and utilitarianism in Dickens' Hard Times" 

Çınla Akdere, Christine Baron. "Economics and monetary imagination in André Gide's The Counterfeiters"



Website of musician Serge Bodart:

Studies on and interviews with Turkish artists participating in the 2009 Lyon Biennale

Exhibition texts for the 2009 Ottoman exhibition at the Louvre Museum 

Exhibition texts and conference presentations for the 2009 From Smyrna to Izmir exhibition at the Louvre Museum 


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