Hi, I’m Hilde Heppe. The daughter of a Dutch father and a Belgian mother, I spent my early childhood in the west of the Netherlands, but I’ve lived in Belgium for almost 30 years now. As a result, I have an excellent command of the Dutch spoken on both sides of the border. I speak the Netherlands variant with my father and Belgian variant with my mother.
I graduated as a translator and interpreter in 1996 (VLEKHO/Vlaamse Economische Hogeschool, Brussels). My original languages were English and Italian, and I added French in my final years. I decided to work for myself after graduation. I spent a number of years as a partner at the Brussels-based translation agency CT Belgium, where I began specialising in financial translation. Ultimately I decided to swap my desk in Brussels for a home office. I wanted to translate more, revise less and stop managing projects.