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  • No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft. (H. G. Wells)    
  • Western Europe owes its civilization to translators. (Kelly Louis)    
  • The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it. (Benjamin Disraeli)    
  • Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards. (Robert Heinlein)     
  • Writing well means never having to say, 'I guess you had to be there.' (Jef Mallett)    
  • Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee and just as hard to sleep after. (Anne Morrow Lindbergh)     
  • Language is an art, like brewing or baking. (Charles Darwin)    
  • I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again. (Oscar Wilde)    
  • The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. (George Bernard Shaw)     
  • We tend to look through language and not realize how much power language has. (Deborah Tannen)    
  • Arguments over grammar and style are often as fierce as those over IBM versus Mac, and as fruitless as Coke versus Pepsi and boxers versus briefs. (Jack Lynch)    
  • Writers will happen in the best of families. (Rita Mae Brown)     
  • If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster. (Isaac Asimov)     
  • Why do writers write? Because it isn't there. (Thomas Berger)    
  • The process of translating comprises in its essence the whole secret of human understanding of the world and of social communication. (Hans Georg Gadamer)    
  • The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think. (Edwin Schlossberg)     


Sonja Barentsen is a text artist, creative communicator and thorough translator. After finishing her degree in English Language and Literature at Leiden University in 1998, she started her own text bureau: SBText. Throughout the years, Sonja Barentsen has taken care of language and communication projects for various interesting clients. She has worked for Film by the Sea, Gemeente Middelburg, Provincie Zeeland, Mo´Media, Pieters Grafisch Bedrijf, Arbo Unie, Omroep Zeeland and Yacht Vision Magazine for instance.

Sonja Barentsen likes variety. Editing texts for medical conventions, writing travel reports, translating technical texts or setting up an entire communication policy... these disciplines all lie within the range of services SBText provides.

Team SBText

SBText is more than just Sonja Barentsen. Sonja Barentsen has gathered a large network of creative professionals around her, including al large group of translators, site builders, photographers etcetera. Sonja Barentsen operates perfectly well on her own. However, if desired, she can also turn up with an entire team of inspired professionals to meet all your communication needs.

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