Fernando received his Bachelor's degree in English and French languages back in 1982. He has studied International Relations at the University of Minho (Braga - Portugal). He has worked as a Bank clerk for 14 years and then as a car salesman for Citroen. Translation jobs have been a parallel amateur activity. His most significant works were the translation from Portuguese to English of two books on canine breeds, canine breeding and veterinary issues. Althought these were mostly coloquial books they needed also some technical accuracy.