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David Geoffrey Moss was born in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, England on 28.12.1947. He grew up in a neighbouring small town called Thornaby-on-Tees.

As there was an R.A.F. airfield there, his childhood dream was to become a pilot. A two-week tour of the Netherlands, Germany and Austria with a school group in 1962 brought about the development of two other great passions - languages and travel.

From 1967 to 1970 David Moss studied Modern and Mediaeval Languages (German Language and Literature, French Language and Literature, Romance and Germanic Philology and Linguistics) at Downing College, Cambridge University.

After the completion of his studies he underwent training to become an overseas sales representative for a British company producing pigments mainly for the paint industry. Following that, he taught as a French and German teacher for three years (1971-1973) at a grammar school in Middlesbrough.

In 1973 he left for North-Rhine Westphalia, where he spent four years working as an English teacher at a school in Oberhausen.

In 1977 he left full-time teaching to work in private industry as a translator, interpreter and language teacher for a large Oberhausen-based company active mainly in the fields of power and environmental engineering.

During that period he prepared for the examination as a state-examined translator and interpreter which he successfully passed at the Chamber of Commerce in Düsseldorf in 1983.

In 1986 he moved to a Krefeld subsidiary of the above mentioned power station constructing company and was head of the translation department there up to his departure in 1992.

In 1993 David Geoffrey Moss founded his company Moss Translations and since then has been active as a self-employed translator/interpreter in Duisburg.




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