About me: Felix Tappe.

There is really only one time during the year when I might be said to struggle to produce a winning phrase: at Christmas, when I’m often at a loss about what to say to my nearest and dearest. But during the rest of the year creative inspiration flows aplenty for pithy commentaries, parody-laden texts or children’s rhymes. Without wishing to boast, I am told that even at the tender age of two I was “speaking in sentences worthy of publication in a good newspaper” and at five reciting Goethe and Fontane. In addition to my famous storytelling skills, my winning entry in a fifth grade school reading contest is also a family legend. More success ensued, as detailed here:

  • 2000: Completed Abitur at St. Mauritz Gymnasium in Münster, Germany
  • 2000-2005: Studied at TH Köln–University of Applied Sciences, Cologne, Germany, graduating as “Dipl-Übersetzer” (qualified translator) in English and Spanish specialising in technical and legal translation
  • 2002-2003: Spent two semesters abroad at the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • 2005-2006: Studied at TH Köln–University of Applied Sciences, graduating as “Dipl-Dolmetscher” (qualified interpreter) in English and Spanish
  • 2006-2009: Worked as permanent in-house translator for Rheinschrift translation
    company, Cologne, specialising inIT and marketing
  • 2009: Set up my own translation office SATZGEWINN, increasingly specialising in IT, software localisation, games, tourism, human resources and marketing
  • Since 2016: fine translations

As a student, I also worked in the customer services department for Škoda for 6 years. This is where I learnt to compile pre-formulated text elements in such a way that they read smoothly and coherently. Now, not everyone can do that…

I am a wholehearted non-native ‘immigrant’ of Cologne and live with my family in Nippes. I spend my limited spare time cooking, reading, dancing, boxing or running. On top of that I play piano, with the Chopin Nocturnes my pieces of choice. A long-term aim of mine is to learn to play Chopin’s Berceuse in D-flat major off by heart.