Welcome to A Can of Words! Reach me on (0044) 07881 838812 (mobile) or 0117 966 9433. Leave out the first zero if you’re calling from outside the UK.

“Lawrence amazed us by dropping everything to work on it immediately over his weekend, completing the job on the late afternoon of Sunday. He had clearly laboured hard to rework the rough translation into user-friendly English, displaying a good working knowledge of German to do so.”

Axel Klappoth, Yuba Edition, Berlin (link below)

Feb 2016 Update: Massive Reductions!
I’m busy again, teaching children for Wiltshire County Council as well as private students; one of whom is delighted with her triumphal IELTS success: grades of 9 for Reading, Listening and Speaking, and 8.5 for Writing!

For Coaching (teaching you to write more effectively and managing projects), the first session is free!

Have you ever thought about having your lifestory ghostwritten? There are massive reductions there too. In fact, if you choose to have this done in a three-month time-frame right now (deposit required), and we start before April 1st 2016, you can have it for £4,400!! That’s a massive saving on my previous prices… look at the Ghost tab for more great reductions.

I recently translated Erwin Faessler’s excellent Swiss tour site from Swiss Deutsch: http://www.erwintours.ch/english/index.html.  

English as Another Language

As well as helping one student to gain top IELTS grades, here’s what one happy student told me in an email recently:

“Yesterday I took an English exam and they told me my English global level is improved: now I’m B2 level! I’d like to thank you very much, ‘cause you’re a very good  English teacher, and if my English level has been improved, I owe it especially to you.” – Jessica, Italy.

I offer individual (private, 1:1) English tuition at students’ homes and cafes in Bristol, UK, for £25 per hour. Discounts will be available if you want intensive lessons (four or more hours per week).

Private tutors normally charge from £18 to £30 per hour, or more. I am enacting this idea because it excites me, as I have many foreign friends in Bristol and in other countries. As you can see here, I normally charge a lot more for teaching and coaching. 

I’ll provide individualised lessons for a cheaper rate than language schools will charge, at your flat or a quiet central Bristol cafe, with flexibility around times (most language schools finish at 5 pm!) and cancellations, without charging you for missed lessons and no contract. You won’t get those conditions with language schools‘ private lessons! 

Contact me for further information: 07881 838812.

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Translations are also available from French, Spanish and German into perfect English.

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About me and my work:

I’m Lawrence Pettener, M.A., and I am a professional writer and editor working in Bristol, with two colleagues available for when I get busy.  I have been a visiting professor at Bristol UWE (University of the West of England).

I have worked as a professional proofreader in the publishing industry, and I can guarantee quick turnaround times. I have proof-read poetry collections for Bristol’s Poetry Can (www.poetrycan.co.uk), and helped several novelists and others with their books. Websites are a mainstay.

Among other projects, I have copy-edited the English edition of a great guide to Berlin by Yuba Editions: http://www.berlin-hidden-places.de/and have been working on website copy, including that of this road haulage firm: http://www.hgvdriversguide.com/.

If you’re starting a business, or you know somebody who is, there’s a good chance I can come up with that killer name for it. For example, A Zen centre in a certain southern French city could do worse than naming itself Nothing Toulouse.

There’s nothing lost by emailing me your business’s remit (what it will do or sell) and the name of the town, city or area in which you intend to open it – try me! More details about this are on the Copywriting page.

You can send enquiries to info@acanofwords.eu, where you can also send text to be worked on.

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You can reach me on (0044) 117 7881 838812 (mobile).