Master of Arts in German and English Literature and Linguistics
University of Zagreb, Republic of Croatia, Hamburg University, Federal Republic of Germany
German-language translation is one of the largest and fastest-growing areas of NZTC’s international translation business. Head of Department Biljana Vignjevic was born in former Yugoslavia, but was brought up and educated primarily in Germany. Following a colourful variety of different work placements, including as a TV journalist and news presenter at Croatian public broadcasting company Hrvatska televizija, she emigrated to New Zealand over ten years ago and has been a fulltime translator with NZTC ever since. Biljana demands the highest standards of work from both herself and her experienced translation team.
A native speaker of German, the primary focus of Biljana’s work is on English-to-German translations. However, occasionally NZTC’s customers also call on her Serbian and Croatian language skills. Biljana finds that: ‘A translation company like NZTC is the ideal place to hone one’s translation skills. Every day, we have the opportunity to learn a lot from each other and to keep on top of changing translation technology – and we get to translate a huge variety of different texts.’