About me

EfficienTranslations provides administrative assistance and translations IN FRENCH/English/Portuguese/Spanish for private individuals living in France as well as those planning to move to France. WE EQUALLY provide assistance to small businesses in france who wish to outsource some of their work.

EfficienTranslations was created in 2016 and is owned and operated exclusively by myself, Eloisa Simon dos Santos Thomas.

Based in the market town of Civray, in the Vienne and part of the new Nouvelle-Aquitaine region (Poitou-Charentes), EfficienTranslations offers practical help and solutions in the everyday challenges that you, as an English/Spanish/Portuguese speaker, face when moving to, or living in this part of France: translations, interpretation, administrative assistance to English/Spanish/Portuguese speakers in France. EfficienTranslations is a personalized, flexible and confidential service.

My origins & education

I am an undergraduate in Social Sciences at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul – POA – Brazil (UFRGS) and I have a diploma in basic-intermediate German (Deutsch als Fremdsprache – Goethe Institut) which allowed me to obtain a year’s scholarship in Germany in my teens. Subsequently, whilst living in the United Kingdom, I acquired the Cambridge Diploma Certificate of Proficiency in English as a Foreign Language and more recently in France, a BTS Diploma (Brevet de Technician Supérieur) in Bilingual Management Assistance. I have over 15 years of professional experience in International Client Relations and translation/interpretation, Sales & Customer Services and Administrative Assistance in both the UK and in France.

I was born in Brazil and lived in my home country until I was 22 years old. I moved to France in 2007. This means that I have first-hand experience of all the challenges involved in buying a home abroad and in dealing with everything which follows, both as a second-home owner and as a full-time resident. As a non-European resident abroad for over 25 years, first in the UK and now in France, I am experienced in the matters of setting up a new life, with all that entails it: a home and a professional life.

The idea: help people to make the most of their new life in France

I set up EfficienTranslations because I became increasingly aware that many people who choose to make a new life abroad, can often be frustrated by not being fluent in the language, thus not being able to fully comprehend the ins and outs of how the various administrative systems work and can easily get confused and lost; they can make poor choices and create unwittingly more problems for themselves. I wanted to use my various skills and my professional experience acquired to help them make the most of their new life and equally to resolve some of the difficulties they inadvertently find themselves in.

A network of contacts & professional experience

My own personal and professional experiences have allowed me to obtain an enormous variety of knowledge and a considerable network of contacts covering all aspects of the business and public service environment; which means that I can quickly resolve most queries.

However, I am fully aware that every client is different, and so are their needs. No job is too big or too small and I guarantee to deal promptly and professionally with all work entrusted to me.

Please browse the site for information about my services and prices, and use the contact page if you would like further details.

To further elucidate the areas where my services can be of help to you, here is a list which is non-exhaustive. The methods used to access these can vary from: internet research, phone calls, emails, letters, filling in forms, translating documents, interpreting and accompanying you on visits or making visits on your behalf.

 

My partners

Working in collaboration with other service providers and partner agencies – acting in your best interest.


CESV
www.entreprendre-sudvienne.fr
A member of the CESV (Le club des entrepreneurs du Sud-Vienne) and its committee. Working in direct collaboration with local and regional companies and liaison with different authorities, mairies, organisations, official departments, agencies and public bodies.

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ARGU’S IMMOBILIER
www.argusimmobilier.fr
For all your property renting and purchase, Jean Samuel Cordeau, Rémi Benaiteau and Benoite Bernardeau are there to guide you through it!


Artisan Central
www.artisancentral.fr
Artisan Central was created to fill the need for an online directory of skilled and pre-checked artisans working in France – a unique combination which home owners have been waiting for.

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English spoken
www.englishspoken.info

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www.beauxvillages.com
Victoria and Andrew Lowkis, your real estate agents, are happy to help you with your house hunting. Go on, get in touch with them! Give them a ring on +33 (0)6 30 01 25 84!

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Cambridge Global Payments
https://www.cambridgefxpartners.co.uk/efficien
For all your currency transfers into/from France or abroad, give me a call. I can put you in touch with just the right person!
And if you want to check how many euros you get for each pound you exchange or vice versa, please use the tool kit link below, the latest news from the financial world as well as a currency converter for your convenience!
https://www.cambridgefxpartners.co.uk/my.portal/login.php

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Brico Marché Savigné
www.bricomarche.com

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Roady Savigné

www.roady.fr/centre-automobile/seauto

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UFC Que choisir 86
www.ufc-quechoisir86.org
Are you having consumer issues? Are you strugling to get your consumer rights heard? Just give me a call and I can put you in touch with the largest and oldest consumer association in France!

Valérie Petry-Lynch
www.expert-translations-petry.fr
For all your sworn translation needs, don’t hesitate to submit your request.

What my clients say


"Excellent translator and language services, helped me out, thank you!!"

Candice Hilton, Charroux, October 2016

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2016-11-16T18:11:53+00:00

Candice Hilton, Charroux, October 2016

"Excellent translator and language services, helped me out, thank you!!"
"Thank you for your very professional approach and dynamic help in your translations for me. You deserve to do really well in your new venture."

Jane Cockin, 86400 Saint-Macoux, October 2016

5.0
2016-11-16T18:12:36+00:00

Jane Cockin, 86400 Saint-Macoux, October 2016

"Thank you for your very professional approach and dynamic help in your translations for me. You deserve to do really well in your new venture."
"My thanks to Eloisa for sorting out my impot problem. Didn't save me any money but at least I now know it is correct and I will be aware for next year! However I will seek you out to help complete my return online!"

Tina Whittington, 79120 Sainte-Soline, September 2016

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2016-11-16T18:12:58+00:00

Tina Whittington, 79120 Sainte-Soline, September 2016

"My thanks to Eloisa for sorting out my impot problem. Didn't save me any money but at least I now know it is correct and I will be aware for next year! However I will seek you out to help complete my return online!"
"Absolutely brilliant service! After many phone calls, emails, appointements regarding tax. eloisa solved it all in one phone call. Can highly recommend"

Stephanie Le Flock, Linazay, November 2016

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2016-11-28T11:05:45+00:00

Stephanie Le Flock, Linazay, November 2016

"Absolutely brilliant service! After many phone calls, emails, appointements regarding tax. eloisa solved it all in one phone call. Can highly recommend"
"I had occasion to ask Eloisa for help with the bureaucratic side of french government. She proved to be an enormous help and found out what I needed to know quickly. I would happily recommend her to anyone facing language and or official problems in France." A. M.

Andy Mitchell, Couhé, October 2016

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2016-11-28T11:06:42+00:00

Andy Mitchell, Couhé, October 2016

"I had occasion to ask Eloisa for help with the bureaucratic side of french government. She proved to be an enormous help and found out what I needed to know quickly. I would happily recommend her to anyone facing language and or official problems in France." A. M.
"She is excellent!"

Barbara Anderson Ne Smith, 79120 Montaigu

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2016-11-28T11:07:38+00:00

Barbara Anderson Ne Smith, 79120 Montaigu

"She is excellent!"
"Just finished a long tiring morning with Eloisa. I can't praise her professionalism and patience enough. I can thoroughly recommend her to anyone trying to make sense of the French bureaucracy. A very nice lady to boot."

David Cropper, 16700 Taizé-Aizie, November 2016

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2016-11-28T11:08:44+00:00

David Cropper, 16700 Taizé-Aizie, November 2016

"Just finished a long tiring morning with Eloisa. I can't praise her professionalism and patience enough. I can thoroughly recommend her to anyone trying to make sense of the French bureaucracy. A very nice lady to boot."
"Eloisa provided a fantastic service, quick and efficient in responding and the document translation was accurate and of a high standard. I will definitely use her services again and would recommend her to anyone. Thanks again!"

Karen Monks, May 2017, 86400 Blanzay

5.0
2017-06-01T14:49:18+00:00

Karen Monks, May 2017, 86400 Blanzay

"Eloisa provided a fantastic service, quick and efficient in responding and the document translation was accurate and of a high standard. I will definitely use her services again and would recommend her to anyone. Thanks again!"
"Eloise was super efficient and went above my expectations in creating a letter for me. Eloise is an absolute delight to work with and will happily use again."

Frances Foster, November 2016, UK

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2017-06-01T14:51:39+00:00

Frances Foster, November 2016, UK

"Eloise was super efficient and went above my expectations in creating a letter for me. Eloise is an absolute delight to work with and will happily use again."
"Ta qualité d'écoute te permettra d'aller très loin. Bonne chance pour l'avenir avec pleines de belles choses. Bonne route !!!"

Céline Bourdonné, January 2017, 86400 Civray

5.0
2017-06-01T14:54:35+00:00

Céline Bourdonné, January 2017, 86400 Civray

"Ta qualité d'écoute te permettra d'aller très loin. Bonne chance pour l'avenir avec pleines de belles choses. Bonne route !!!"
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