Vera Dirr

Johannesburg, South Africa


Tel: +27725059291



I am a reliable and diligent individual. I am fluent in both German and English on a mother tongue level and am looking for freelance German to English translation work, having recently retired from full-time teaching.










Background information


I was born in South Africa to German-speaking immigrants. I was raised in a German-speaking home and attended English-speaking primary and high schools from Grade 1 to Grade 12. I also attended German lessons on a weekly basis in order to become familiar with the German language in a more formal manner (grammar, etc.) and learn about the German culture on a deeper level.



Education, training and qualifications



1990 1995 NILD (National Institute for Learning Disabilities, USA)

Various courses in Germany and South Africa


1976 1979 University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Bachelor of Arts, Majoring in German,

Higher Diploma in Education


1971 1975 General Smuts High School

Senior Certificate (South African school-leaving qualification) Subjects: English First Language, Afrikaans Second Language, German, Latin, Mathematics, Biology, History


1964 1970 Milton Primary School





Work experience



2004 2016 Teacher, Hope School (school for the physically disabled), Johannesburg,

2004-2010: Foundation Phase, all grades (Grade R Grade 3)

2011-2016: Intermediate Phase, Grade 4 6. Subjects: English, History, Geography


2003 Teacher, Glenview Primary School, Johannesburg

Grade 2


1994 2007 Therapist for children with learning difficulties in private practice (partly alongside working as a teacher)


1984 1994 Break in employment to raise my three children


1980 1983 Teacher at West Ridge High, Roodepoort

Grade 8 10. Subjects: German, Afrikaans