Marian Dougan

Marian Dougan

Marian, founder of DNA Language, is a translator and editor (specialising in web content) currently based in Glasgow, Scotland. Marian previously lived in Italy for over 20 years, working as a language teacher, translator and policy analyst with the British Embassy in Rome. A qualified member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI) and its Italian-language and ITI Scotnet networks, she is currently Scotnet's Deputy Webmaster.

In 2000 Marian joined Rome-based think-tank ISFOL as an international consultant and events organizer. She set up a translation and editing business that same year.

From 2003 to 2006 Marian taught translation skills at the Italian Department of Glasgow University and now gives Master Classes as part of the new Masters in Translation Studies course. She also conducts web-writing and usability workshops to help people improve their websites and communicate more effectively with their readers, users and customers. In September 2014 Marian obtained User Experience Certification, with specialisation in Web Design, from the Nielsen Norman Group.

She loves language, especially English, and is convinced that learning languages opens up people’s minds and horizons (and increases their brainpower!). To share her enthusiasm, she advises schools and educational authorities on language skills and enterprise. She gives talks to pupils on how to combine language studies with other subjects and so enhance their potential and increase their career options.

She also loves architecture, design, fashion (British Vogue!), cities and chocolate. She’s a great fan of Twitter and is in danger of becoming addicted. You can also find her on Linkedin. Marian has a blog called Words to Good Effect, which to her delight (and astonishment) was voted one of the Top 25 Language Professionals Blogs from 2010 to 2014 (when we came third)!