Jonathan Goldberg, LL.B.
Hebrew.French @
323-656-4665 Los Angeles

I was born and initially lived in South Africa, where my mother tongue was English.  I studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and then went on to Israel, where I lived for 40 years and acquired a command of Hebrew at a mother-tongue level.

In Israel I practiced Law, mainly in Hebrew, and also taught legal English to law students at Haifa University. 

Since retiring from Law and settling in Los Angeles, I have returned to my old love of languages and have worked intensively over the last 6 years in the field of interpreting and translating. I have gained considerable experience, principally in legal interpreting and translating, as well as in commerce and other fields.

As a  registered  Hebrew-English and French-English interpreter with the Judicial Council of California, I have interpreted at hundreds of court trials and depositions throughout California and beyond, as well as in the field of health care. I belong to various translation associations, including those listed below.

Click here for my resume/C.V. in PDF format

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WordPlay: Colonial Ruling by Jonathan Goldberg
credit: TRANSLORIAL, Journal of the Northern Californian Translators Association

WordPlay: Brits vs. Yanks by Jonathan Goldberg

credit: TRANSLORIAL, Journal of the Northern Californian Translators Association

An Interpreting Dilemma by Jonathan Goldberg
credit: TRANSLORIAL, Journal of the Northern Californian Translators Association

Translation bloopers
Signs from around the world
source: LinguasetTM

In a Paris hotel elevator: Please leave your values at the front desk.

In the reception of a Romanian hotel: The lift is being fixed for the next day. During that time we regret that you will be unbearable.

In an African newspaper: A new swimming pool is rapidly taking shape since the contractors have thrown in the bulk of their workers.

In a Belgrade hotel elevator: To move the cabin, push button for wishing floor. If the cabin should enter more persons, each one should press a number of wishing floor. Driving is then going alphabetically by national order.

In a hotel in Athens: Visitors are expected to complain at the office between the hours of 9 and 11 daily.

In a Yugoslavian hotel: The flattening of underwear with pleasure is the job of the chambermaid.

In a Tokyo hotel: You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid between 7.00 and 10.00 daily.

In the reception of a Moscow hotel: You are welcome to visit the cemetery where famous Russian and Soviet composers, artists, and writers are buried daily except Thursday.

In an Austrian ski lodge: Not to perambulate the corridors in the hours of repose in the boots of ascension.

On the menu of a Swiss restaurant: Our wines leave you nothing to hope for.

On the menu of a Polish hotel: Salad a firm's own make; limpid red beet soup with cheesy dumplings in the form of a finger; roasted duck let loose; beef rashers beaten up in the country people's fashion.

In a Tokyo Hotel: It is forbidden to steal hotel towels please. If you are not person to do such thing is please not to read notis.

Outside a Hong Kong tailor shop: Ladies may have a fit upstairs.

In a Rome laundry: Ladies, leave your clothes here and spend the afternoon having a good time.

In a Bangkok dry cleaner's: Drop your trousers here for best results.

In a Greek tailor shop: Order your summers suit. Because is big rush we will execute customers in strict rotation.

From the Soviet Weekly: There will be a Moscow Exhibition af Arts by 15000 Soviet Republic painters and sculptors. These were executed over the past two years.

In a Vienna hotel:
In case of fire, do your utmost to alarm the hotel porter.

Advertisement for donkey rides in Thailand:
Would you like to ride on your own ass?

In a Swiss hotel:
Because of the impropriety of entertaining guests of the opposite sex in the bedroom, it is suggested that the lobby be used for this purpose.

In a Norwegian cocktail lounge: Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar.

In a Finnish washroom: To stop the drip, turn cock to right.

In a Swiss mountain inn:
Special today - no ice cream.

In the office of a Roman doctor: Specialist in women and other diseases.

In a Copenhagen airline ticket office: We take your bags and send them in all directions.

On the door of a Moscow hotel room: If this is your first visit to the USSR, you are welcome to it.

In an advertisement by a Hong Kong dentist: Teeth extracted by the latest Methodists.

At a Budapest zoo: Please do not feed the animals. If you have any suitable food, give it to the guard on duty.

In an Acapulco hotel: The manager has personally passed all the water served here.

In a Bangkok temple: It is forbidden to enter a woman even a foreigner if dressed as a man.