Who is Jon Ritzdorf?

Jon Ritzdorf has been a popular instructor of translation technology and localization concepts on both coasts of the US for several years. With a decade of translation industry experience under his belt, hundreds of students have benefited from Jon's expert instruction as an adjunct lecturer at New York University, Rutgers University and the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Empowering translators

Jon's simple approach to tackling technical subjects for the average translator, emphasis on hands-on learning in the classroom and techniques for empowering translators have been praised for their effectiveness by those new to the field as well as veteran professionals. In addition, Jon is regularly called on to consult leading global companies on the subjects of localization best practices and product world-readiness.

Jon's calling

Jon previously pursued his M.A. in Chinese translation at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and worked as a freelance translator for a number of years. He eventually found his calling in the interwoven realms of translation and technology where he remains to this day.

Globalization Architect

Having worked previously as a Localization Engineer and Solutions Architect for the world's largest translation companies, Jon is currently employed by Acclaro as the in-house "Globalization Architect" — a unique position melding technical knowledge, sales strategies and the education of clients in localization processes.

Jon Ritzdorf teaching classes

What students are saying

He made us all feel good about a seemingly boring and difficult topic and we all learned so much.

A wonderful class — very helpful, both in terms of CAT-tools, computer usage in general, and self-confidence.

Truly a gifted instructor: knowledgeable, thorough, and with the patience of a saint.