About French Translator Karen Hallez

French Translator Karen Hallez is a professional linguist with several years of experience in language service provision.  Karen is British and has always had a flair for languages that was sparked during her first French lesson at school when she was 11 years old!  Since then she has studied and worked in France, spending over 15 years in the country.  Karen acquired French nationality in 2017.


Karen is a professional linguist who has relevant tertiary qualifications in translation and sufficient industry experience in a fields such as: Business, Marketing, Finance, Economics, Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical and IT.

She gained a BSc Honours degree in International Business and French from the University of Warwick (UK) in 1999 and went on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK) in 2000.

Karen moved to Paris with her French husband in 2003 where she lived and worked until 2015. During her time in France, Karen worked as a Senior Business Development Consultant advising and accompanying small to medium sized Irish businesses with their export and market development strategies in the French market. Over the years, she developed and honed her talent for translation, helping her clients to communicate effectively and clearly in both French and English.


In 2015, Karen moved with her family to Cape Town, South Africa. She quickly settled into life in Cape Town, building strong ties with the French speaking community and making full use of her bilingual abilities, notably to volunteer at the French School of Cape Town as communications specialist. This quite naturally led to Karen formalizing her competencies in translation and she earned the prestigious Diploma in Translation from the Chartered Institute of Linguists (UK) in 2018.

About In a Word French Translation

In a Word French Translation was founded by Karen Hallez.

The objective of the company is to provide professional French translation services and communications consultancy online to a global audience.

We live in a world today where global communication is possible, instantaneous and multi-channel, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the communications are always understood, culturally aware and accurate.

In A Word French translation commits to offering an excellent level of service to its clients through quality French to English and English to French translations, as well as consultancy to ensure the correct cultural ‘fit’ for your communications and that your key messages are clear as a bell. You need never be let down by a poor rendition of your source document. In A Word prides itself on ensuring your communications hit the right note, whether in English or in French, with a meticulous focus on quality.

The importance of using a Professional French Translator

Karen Hallez is a qualified, chartered linguist and is bilingual in standard ‘metropolitan’ French and British English.  These variants of both languages are well understood and commonly used throughout the francophone and anglophone communities across the globe.

French is one of the more difficult languages to translate given the intertwined nature of the culture of the country with the French language.  A high level of quality and accuracy can only be delivered by a Professional Translator who understands the culture and politics having lived in the country for many years.

Karen is a qualified French Translator and holds the prestigious DipTrans (Diploma in Translation) from the Chartered Institute of Linguists.  This professional association is recognized the world over for its commitment to ensuring best practice and demanding the highest standards amongst its language practitioners.  Karen is an active member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists as well as the South African Translators Institute.   She combines these professional accreditations with her years of experience working with both French and English and actively advising her clients in terms of excellent communications.

In A Word has an ethical obligation to manage your translations professionally, confidentially and impartially.    We are obliged not to take on projects beyond our expertise.

Where is In a Word French Translation located?

In a Word French Translation’s head office is physically located in Cape Town, South Africa. We can deliver translation services to clients online wherever they are located in the world including: 

South Africa, UK, USA, Australia, Canada, France, Belgium, Benin, Burkina, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Guinea, Haiti, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mali, Monaco, Senegal, Seychelles, Switzerland, Togo, Vanuatu, Vietnam.