My name is Mathieu Domec and I am from South of France.
I am a freelance translator, a web developer and a project manager, all in one! I'm a very curious person and I am always eager to learn.
I have lived in China (深圳) and Wales (Swansea). As a result, I speak Chinese, English, French and a bit Spanish too.
Truth be told, I have always been influenced by many cultures. Indeed, my upbringing was full of English songs, American movies, Japanese cartoons, Italian food, Spanish-like runnings of the bulls in my southern French village, Asian martial arts and a lot more!
I love building bridges between different cultures and that is the reason why I love meeting new people.
I believe we are the product of our environment and of our habits, so I'm always trying to get to know people who can enable me to broaden my horizons.
Foreign Languages, IT, Martial arts and Music are my life pillars.
Indeed, thanks to the diverse encounters I have made, I have been lucky to meet people from all walks of life and experience many a thing.
I'm so grateful for all of it. That being said, that's far from over.
Along the way, I've had the chance to play in rock bands around the world and even play in a movie. As a songwriter, I believe music should be like water, that is free... So if you like one of my songs below, feel free to download it (except the Rap demos because I don't own the rights for their background music - they're not mine) and drop me a line. Any feedback is greatly appreciated! ;)
I am a martial art practionner and I have a keen interest in traditional Chinese culture, whether it be about Taoism, Qi Gong (气功), TaiJiQuan (太极拳), calligraphy or even TCM(中医).
I love Linux and computer science. I have already run many distros and created many websites. I also dig skateboarding and rollerblading activities. I've been doing that since I'm a kid and plan to keep it that way.
I have already worked with the following software and technology, and I still use most of them to this day. By the way, I love Linux and the FOSS.
As a former front-end web developer, I keep learning about web development and new technologies as soon as possible. To me, it's a never-ending process. As a result, here are a few languages, tools or software I am trying to get a lot more familiar with. Technologies evolve rather fast indeed, and it's always useful to keep abreast of the new technology trends.
Here is a showcase of a few things I do. The list is non-exhaustive.
Please bear in mind that it's just a showcase and most projects cannot be displayed here due to NDAs.
I told you I loved foreign languages. So much so that I created cards for us to learn and remember idioms together. Because yes, even when you're bilingual,
you're always learning. It's a never-ending process.
As a result, I have created 2 instagram accounts. One is dedicated to international idioms and the other one to Chinese expressions. Hope you all could benefit from it.
Some of my cards are shown below.
In case you might be interested, I also run a blog where I like to share my thoughts on the translation industry: I love translating - but not only.
The main reason for me to create those cards was to find a way of remembering idioms in French, English, Spanish and Chinese all together.
Indeed, I often caught myself juggling between languages and trying to remember an equivalence between one language and the other.
If you like card games, you might say I had 4 suits for each card. The suits being those languages, and each card an idiom, so to speak. Everytime I tried to remember an idiom, it came only in two languages, which was ok but not enough. So, rather than letting these idioms being shuffled in my mind everytime, I had to find a way of putting them together in one single card to memorize them faster and stop doing some research over and over again.
I decided then to centralize knowledge. And that's what I did. No more shuffling on the card deck. I now had Four Aces ready to be played. Over time, I gained much support from my network and those cards proved truly effective for my fellow translators and interpreters.
So, I hope you'll find them useful too! :)
The early bird catches the worm
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
The pot calling the kettle black
China influences the world big time. Not only its economy, but its language, history and culture have major impacts in today's world.
I have always felt a bit Chinese in that traditional China has always been big on me and will always be so.
I have also lived there and that contributed to impact me even more.
Consequently, as a lifelong Chinese student, I had in mind to facilitate Chinese learning by creating interesting content.
Creating these cards is also an opportunity for me to help share a different perspective on China through language. As I've just mentioned, the content of those cards vary and include expressions, slang, Chengyu or economic vocabulary. These cards might not be for strict beginners, but those who speak a bit Chinese might find them quite useful.
Fabriqué en Chine
When I was young, I often dreamed of becoming a rock star when playing the guitar and covering bands like The Offspring, Blink-182 or The Red Hot Chili Peppers in my room.
Dreaming of going on stage and performing gigs or even touring.
Making the crowds say my name, cheer and jump on those punk rock riffs from the early 2000s, when you could still watch some cool punk rock and metal bands on MTV.
Time's gone by and I've been around. They say a rolling stone gathers no moss... Ain't that the truth!
I have met my fair share of people and artists, and I always tried to get inspired by every single new encounter I made. In hindsight, I consider that fame and all are way too overrated, especially when you know those sharks from the music industry, believe me... I just dig music and wanna share my music, make people feel good, and let them dance or dream on it, you know. That's it!
So here's a compilation of the tunes I made along the way. Hope you'll enjoy them.
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