Professional Translations from the experts in the Southern California area

Bare Bones Translations is a boutique-style translation agency in the San Diego area that focuses on providing more than just document translations.


In today’s global business world, having a translation partner that can do more than just translating contracts or collateral material is crucial. When deciding to tap into foreign markets, there is more involved than just having marketing & sales material in the foreign language.  Employees need to understand the different cultures they are dealing with and make their foreign clients and prospects feel comfortable when dealing directly with them. That’s why Bare Bones Translations is offering intercultural training and interpreter services in addition to our translation services. 

Meet the owner
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Katharina Gruber

German/English & English/German


German Nationality 

Lives in the US since 2000

"Hallo und Guten Tag! I appreciate your interest in Bare Bones Translations and as the owner of our boutique-style translation office, I can assure you that you will get the 100% correct translations you expect and need.


Having worked on both sides of the Atlantic (Germany, Switzerland, and the USA), I myself had many occasions of overseeing translations of German-to-English as well as English-to-German text. Very often, I myself had to go through the text to make sure the translation was 100% correct and 'native'. I can't tell you how many times I found very severe mistakes. This sparked the idea of providing a different type of translation office! Focusing on what we know best.


As a German native, I moved to the US in 2000 because of the desire to work and live in this wonderful country. I studied English in school for 12 years and therefore was already fluent in the language. 18 years later, I am confident to say that I understand and feel the language. I have an Associates Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor Degree in International Business and Marketing. I am also the owner of Bare Bones Marketing LLC - a successful Marketing Agency in the golden state!


We welcome you to get to know us - give us a call, email us, and let's discuss your translation needs. I am looking forward to hearing from you."