Language is an indispensable tool that we use all the time. We use language to communicate, we use it to create beautiful things and we use it to express our thoughts and feelings, our dreams, our fears, ourselves.

In our ever-globalising world, it is very important that we understand one another and that we are able to communicate, even if we don’t speak the same language.

Gratia Language & Learning Services offers a range of services ranging from translation, copy editing and proofreading to language teaching and tutoring.

Johanna Steyn


Gratia (noun) – from the Latin meaning thankfulness or gratitude

My name is Johanna Steyn.

I am grateful for my God-given talents, and I want to use them to serve others.

I love languages, I love words, and l am a teacher at heart. I can help to remove linguistic barriers that exist between people. My aim is to enable clients to express themselves with confidence and joy and to explore the possibilities of language.

Through translations, I facilitate communication and act as an instrument that helps to open doors between people.
Through language classes I help learners (of all ages) to discover the wonder of words, the possibilities of language and to express themselves with confidence and joy.
Through my drama training and experience I can help learners to express themselves with confidence in any situation.

“Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.”

Amy Collette


I have 15 years’ experience as a lecturer of French at the University of Stellenbosch.

I have also worked for 10 years as a freelance translator, interpreter, teacher and actress and for 2 years as language practitioner (translator and interpreter) at the Parliament of South Africa.


  • BA Languages – University of the Free State, South Africa
  • BA Hons (French) cum laude – University of the Free State, South Africa
  • MA (French) – University of Tours, France
  • Ph.D (Translation) – University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Other qualifications:

  • TEFL Certificate (Teach English as a Foreign Language)
  • Performer’s Diploma – Trinity College, U.K.
  • Licentiate (Drama teacher) – Trinity College, U.K.
  • Attended Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School – Paris, France
  • Copy Editing and Proofreading Certificate – National Parliament, South Africa
  • Course in Simultaneous Interpreting – University of the Free State, South Africa


  • Alliance Française
  • Bible League International
  • Macmillan Education
  • Valenture Institute

I am a member of the South African Translators’ Institute and adhere to the Code of Ethics of this professional association.  Please click on their logo below to view my membership certificate.



Language tutoring (Afrikaans / English / French)

  • beginner, intermediate and advanced levels
  • tailor-made tutoring depending on your needs

** Due to the fact that language classes are conducted online, geographical restrictions do not apply, but a reliable internet connection is a prerequisite.
** At an additional cost, language classes can be offered in the comfort of your own home, depending on location and availability.


Translation (Afrikaans / English / French)

** An additional fee will be charged for urgent / same day translations.


Copy editing and proofreading (Afrikaans / English / French)

** An additional fee will be charged for urgent / same day copy editing and proofreading.


Due to each client’s individual needs and timeframes, all services are offered on a quote-only basis.