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WORKSHOP: “Comparative Analysis of the National Medical Interpreter Certification Processes”

The Berkeley Language Institute , in partnership with the Northern California Translators Association (NCTA) is hosting a workshop comparing the certification processes for national medical interpreters.

It is held on Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 1 – 4:14 pm at the Berkeley Language Institute (1840 Alcatraz Ave. Suite C-1B, Berkeley, CA 94703). For details and to register, please click here.

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Bilingual schools in the bay area

The bay area has a multitude of bilingual schools to offer, in a wide range of languages. Some languages include Chinese (Cantonese & Mandarin), Farsi, French, German, Russian and Spanish.

Cantonese & Mandarin schools:

American International Montessori School (Berkeley, P-6)
Global Montessori International School (Berkeley, P-6)
Pacific Rim International School (Emeryville, P-12)
Shouren Chinese School (Oakland, K-8)
Shu Ren International School (Berkeley, P-8)
Starlite School (Oakland, P)
Yu Ming Charter School (Oakland, K-8)

Farsi schools:

Golestan Kids (Berkeley, P-6)

French schools:

Lycée Français de San Francisco (San Francisco, P-12)
Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley (Berkeley, P-8)
French American International High School (San Francisco, 9-12)
French for Fun (Lafayette, P)
Les Petits Francophones (Oakland, P)
The Renaissance School (Oakland, P-6)

German schools:

Bay Area Kinder Stube (Albany, P)
German International School (Berkeley, K-8)
German American International School (Menlo Park, P-8)

Russian schools:

Cheburashka Home Daycare (Berkeley, P)
Berkeley Russian School (Berkeley, P-12)

Spanish schools:

Escuela Bilingue Internacional (Oakland, P-K)



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Berkeley Language Institute hosts an introductory workshop:


The Berkeley Language Institute is offering a 4-hour introductory course about the translation/interpretation industry.

The Business Side of Translation and Interpreting [4 hrs.]

Instructor: Francine Kuipers, Director of The Berkeley Language Institute
Date: Saturday, March 15th, 2014
Time: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Fee: $55.00 per person (5% discount for students)

Our 4 hour workshop is an introduction to the business world of translators and interpreters. It covers the following topics:

  • Terminology: translator, transcriber, consecutive and simultaneous interpreter, voice talent, etc.
  • Certifications
  • How to market yourself and network
  • Trade associations
  • Employee vs ‘Outside’ Contractor
  • Continuing education
  • Cost and turnaround estimates
  • Contracts
  • Protocols
  • Code of ethics

This seminar, conducted in English, applies to anyone interested in becoming a professional translator and/or interpreter.

Sign up now on our registration page to guarantee your seat in this course. Registration is open until March 12th, 2014.
Enrollment is limited!
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Upcoming Workshops for Interpreters and Translators

The California Healthcare Interpreting Association (CHIA) and Berkeley Language institute (BLI) both are offering workshops for any interested individuals:

Hosted by CHIA:
> Sight Translation in a Medical Setting [3.25 hrs.]: January 11, 2014 (9:30am-12:45pm)
Register online at

Hosted by the BLI:
> Wordfast Memory Tools [8 hrs.]: January 25, 2014 and February 1, 2014 (1-5pm each day)
> Introduction to Healthcare Interpreting [3.5 hrs.]: January 25, 2014 or April 12, 2014 (9am-12:30pm)
> How to Improve Interpreting Skills for Healthcare Interpreters [4 hrs.]: February 22, 2014 or April 26, 2014 (9am-1pm)

For more information, and to register, please visit our website at

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Study from the American Academy of Neurology: Speaking a Second Language May Delay Different Dementias

The American Academy of Neurology recently published an interesting study. Newswise reports on it:


Newswise — MINNEAPOLIS – In the largest study on the topic to date, research shows that speaking a second language may delay the onset of three types of dementias. The research is published in the November 6, 2013, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

The study found that people who spoke two languages developed dementia four and a half years later than people who only spoke one language.


“Our study is the first to report an advantage of speaking two languages in people who are unable to read, suggesting that a person’s level of education is not a sufficient explanation for this difference,” said study author Suvarna Alladi, DM, with Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences in Hyderabad, India. “Speaking more than one language is thought to lead to better development of the areas of the brain that handle executive functions and attention tasks, which may help protect from the onset of dementia.”

Read the full article on Newswise:


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