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A talk with Davide Cavanna, Translator and Interpreter is our FSS story

LuxembourgPosted on 07 January 2022 by Team@LuxExpats

Wishing you a very Happy New Year 2022 from the Luxembourg Expats team. In our Featured Story Series (FSS), we feature expat personal and professional lives of expats in Luxembourg. We have a particular fondness for entrepreneurs, and today we bring one such entrepreneur, Davide Cavanna, a certified translator and interpreter in Luxembourg.

Its no secret that Luxemburg is a highly multi-lingual society. An average Luxembourg resident speaks at least 3 languages including English. Given that many EU institutions are based, Luxemburg has a large number of translators working for EU and other companies. In this environment, there are translators and interpreters such as Davide Cavanna who are catering to an important need in Luxembourg. Let’s get to it and learn more about his journey in Luxembourg.

Hi Davide, welcome to FSS LuxExpats. You are our New Year’s first interview. Let’s get started.

How would you introduce yourslef?

My name is Davide Cavanna, I work as a certified translator and interpreter in Luxembourg, and also active across the border  in Germany, France and Belgium.

We love to learn about everyone’s Luxembourg story, what’s yours? What brought you to Luxembourg, and how has life in Luxembourg been?

I arrived in Luxembourg in 2013 to work as an in-house translator for Amazon.  I then
switched to German fund management company for a little while in 2015. I have been living in several nooks of the capital city and in 2021 I settled in Bonnevoie, the same area where I landed when I first arrived in the country.

What's your entrepreneurial journey? How did you get started with your career as translator and interpreter?

I started translating in 2008 during my studies and I never really stopped. I did it as an employee and since 2016 as a full-time freelancer.

What services do you offer? Who are your target?

The services I offer are conference and business interpreting, certified (sworn) translations, financial and legal translations as well as proofreading. My clients are companies of all kinds, from financial and legal professionals to other sectors, as well as private citizens who need their papers translated for the authorities. I have five working languages: my native Italian, French, German, English and Spanish. Currently I am working to improve my Portuguese and Catalan. Learning languages is fun!

What does Luxembourg Expats Network mean to you?

It's a great opportunity to get in touch with other expats, explore common interests and potentially develop business collaborations as well.

What are your hobbies and interests?

I have a weak spot for (beach) volley, the court in the Cessange park is a great place to practice in the summer. I enjoy reading in my working languages, some swimming and am kind of a budding film buff, that's why I enjoy the Cinémathèque so much!

What's your favourite spot in Luxembourg?

I would say the lake of Esch-sur-Sure and its several beaches.

What's your favourite quote?

One of my favourite quotes is from a Ray Bradbury book. It may sound pretentious, but I like its empowering idea: "Evil has only the power that we give it. I give nothing. I take back".  What do you think of it?

LuxExpats: Its absolutely an amazing quote and its true. If we do not give evil the power, it has no control over us. True in every situation.

Anything else interesting we should've asked?

At the moment I am studying law to improve the quality of my translation
and proofreading. Keeping those grey cells busy is like the proverbial apple a
day. An example: some of my teachers at interpreting school, clearly
demonstrating that age does not need to slow down your mind. They say curiosity
killed the cat, but I would argue it might just keep it alive and kicking.

LuxExpats: life-long learning is indeed the only way to go about it.

What would you say would be the recommendations of people who want to start their business today?

At first it might seem a daunting enterprise not to be an employee on a regular income, but if you like what you do and keep on learning, you'll do great things for sure.

LuxExpats: This has been an amazing talk with Davide, thank you for taking the time. I hope everyone enjoyed and some of you got even inspired to take the next entrepreneurial step in your life.

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