About Me

As you may have guessed from this site's address, my name is Andrew Rickard. I studied French and German at McGill University in Montreal, graduating with first-class joint honours and winning the Swiss Ambassador’s Prize for German. Thanks to a scholarship from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service), I also spent a semester studying Weimar literature and contemporary philosophy at the University of Regensburg.

After university I went into the insurance and investment business where I worked as a salesman, financial writer, and book editor. I used to be a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), but after twenty years in the industry (roughly the same amount of time one would spend in prison for murder, served without the satisfaction of having killed someone) I decided to return to the subjects that have always appealed to me, namely language and literature.

I am now a translator, working from French and German into English. This occupation suits my temperament; I enjoy the autonomy and variety.