Tinta Viva is an independent Spanish-English translation company based in the UK, specialising in business and marketing, social sciences, public policy and research, urban planning and regeneration, international development and the environment. Tinta Viva also offers literary translation and translation of personal and family documents. Tinta Viva Translation is run by me, Ruth Grant, from my Oxfordshire office, but I work with clients from all over the world. For me, translation is a craft which begins with a fascination with language and meaning, and I absolutely love what I do.

Tinta Viva is dedicated to providing translations that are intelligent, targeted and precise, beautifully and naturally written, that don’t feel like translations at all. Tuned to the needs of small businesses, organisations and individuals requiring quality work on texts which may be complex or unique, Tinta Viva combines extensive specialist knowledge with sound linguistic and writing skills to ensure that the calibre of the translation reflects the essence and tone of your original work. Offering transparent and competitive rates and the kind of swift, effective and personal service that is only possible when you work directly with an independent professional, I aim to ensure that working with Tinta Viva is refreshingly hassle-free.


Tinta Viva works with individuals, companies, NGOs and international organisations on a wide range of projects, including books, journal articles, academic papers, conference submissions, theses, research reports, policy documents, press releases, funding applications, presentations, training materials, project reports, market analyses, website copy and personal documents such as letters, memoirs, family records and certificates. Tinta Viva also offers a revision service, if you have an existing translation that could do with a polish, and English-language proofreading for all kinds of text. Please take a look around to find out more, or get in touch – I’ll be very happy to hear from you.


As well as being a qualified translator and linguist, I have extensive academic training in the social sciences.


Intelligent, insightful and precise translation, written with style? Use a human, not a computer or a committee.


You’ll deal directly with me and only me – that’s good for textual coherence, and the smooth running of your project.

Transparent Pricing

I like things to be fair and simple; that means a quick, no-commitment quotation based on a clear and consistent fee structure.

Non-Profit Discount

Registered charity? I offer a non-profit discount of 10% to help out with the budget and keep that goodwill flowing.


I want you to be delighted with my work, and so my work comes with a guarantee: accurate, on point and on time – or free.

If you have a translation or proofreading project, please get in touch, or take a look around the website to find out more.

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Tinta Viva is 3!

As of February 2019, Tinta Viva Translation is officially three years old. Many thanks to all of my wonderful clients and colleagues for your invaluable confidence, support and kind words. It’s been an absolute delight to work with you and play a small role in your many successful projects over the course of the last three years — long may it continue!

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Bientôt disponible en Français!

Later this year, Tinta Viva Translation will begin offering French to English as well as Spanish to English translation to new clients.  I’m hugely excited about this new development for 2019 and looking forward to expanding the scope of the services I can offer my clients — and to spending more time with this beautiful language I’ve loved since childhood. Watch this space for news, or get in touch for more information.

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CPD Target Achieved

As a translator and editor, I work constantly to deepen my specialist knowledge and keep my core skills sharp (as a geek, I enjoy this immensely). I’m delighted to have achieved my ITI CPD Certificate for 2018/19, having completed over 52 hours of learning and professional development. Highlights included taking part in the ITI’s mentoring programme and a MOOC in Inequalities in Latin America and the Caribbean, taught by UNESCO-MOST.


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