IMIA Lifelong Learning Webinar: Medical Interpretation in the Emergency Room, 1/25/2013 at 12pmEST

 IMIA Lifelong Learning Webinar Series Presents:

Medical Interpretation in the Emergency Room
Friday, January 25, 2013
(9:00am Pacific / 11:00am Central / 12:00pm EST / 5:00pm GMT – Duration: 1.5 hours)

Medical Interpretation in the Emergency Room
You’ve seen the ER shows, and now you wonder if you could be a medical interpreter in the Emergency Room. How similar is it to the television drama? And how different can it be to other types of interpretations?

This presentation will review the basic culture of the emergency department, the rules that govern it, and how medical interpreters can their best in the ER environment. Topics such as, ethics in the ER, exposure and emotional resiliency will be discussed in hopes of preparing medical interpreters for the challenges and joys of this unique, fast-moving, sometimes stressful, but always fulfilling, branch of medicine.

Maria M. Rivera is a Certified Healthcare Interpreter with 10 years of experience in as a dedicated Emergency Medicine interpreter. She has also worked as a translator and translation project manager Previously María worked as a software translator and Mathematics teacher. She currently works for Children’s Hospital in Aurora, Colorado. Her articles in medical interpretation appear in; her most recent is titled “Invisibility vs. Transparency.” In her free time she cheers for the Green Bay Packers, likes to crochet, and writes medical thrillers. She hopes her most recent manuscript: Hospital Ghosts, Angels and Other Twisted Tales, will make it to publication within the next year.

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How To Join This Webinar
IMIA Members: Free
Non Members: $50

IMIA Members will automatically receive log in information via email within the week prior to the event – pre-registration is not necessary.

Non-members must register (be sure to note the Webinar name/date in the payment description field; email address is required) and pay the $50 fee at:

An IMIA 1 year individual membership is just $60 and includes free attendance to all IMIA Lifelong Learning Webinars… Join now at:

For each 1.5 hour program in our IMIA Lifelong Learning Webinar Series, IMIA will credit 0.15 IMIA Interpreter CEUs to those who attend for the entire webinar session.
PLEASE NOTE: In order to be eligible to receive the Certificate of Attendance for 0.15 CEUs, you must:
1) Sign on to the webinar within 15 minutes after the beginning of the webinar and remain until the end of the presentation.
2) Register with your first and last name.
3) Attend the webinar by viewing the presentation while also connecting to the teleconference call (attending by teleconference only does not count as full attendance.)

Electronic certificates are not sent automatically – attendees must request one after the conclusion of the webinar at Please note it may take several days for you to receive your certificate after submitting your request.

For more information about the IMIA Lifelong Learning Webinar Series, please visit:

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The Business Side of Translation

An introduction to the business world of translators and interpreters.

Are you bilingual? Have you ever wondered if you could use your foreign language fluency as a way to find employment? Come to our next workshop on May 19!

Time and location:

Berkeley Language Institute
1840 Alcatraz Avenue, Suite A1 Berkeley CA 94703

Saturday, May 19th, 2012, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Fee: $45.00 per person

We are offering a 5% discount to any student interested in being part of this workshop!

Familiarize yourself with the basic terminologies: translator, transcriber, simultaneous and consecutive interpreter, voice-talent etc. and explore into what you would like to do.

Tools of the trade, certifications, how to market yourself and network, trade associations, employee vs. outside contractor, continuing education, costs estimates and turnaround, contracts, protocols, code of ethics, and many other interesting topics.

Our instructor, Francine Kuipers, is the founder and CEO of Accent on Languages and Berkeley Language Institute.

Berkeley Language Institute offers evaluation and training in translation, interpreting, transcription, linguistic and cultural competency, as well as language classes.

The workshops are held in the context of continuing education for professional linguists, as well as for bilingual individuals who wish to enter any of the mentioned linguistic fields.

If you need any additional information on our workshops, please contact us at or call at (510) 655-9470 or simply click here to visit BLI’s website, and sign up for this great opportunity to sharpen your bilingual skills and make them profitable.

Did You Know About memoQ?

NCTA is offering a full-day workshop with excellent opportunities to learn the basic functions of memoQ and gain hands-on experience.

MemoQ is an integrated localization/translation environment that optimizes the productivity of translation and localization.

By the end of the workshop you will have all the information and skills required to start using memoQ right away. The workshop includes a three-hour practice session when you will have time to try out your new skills and ask questions.

•    What Computer Assisted Translation (CAT) tools like memoQ do and don’t do
•    How to use the basic functions of memoQ
•    How to make the most of this software and put it to good use
•    What agencies expect from vendors using memoQ, including delivery formats and “fuzzy match” rates.

Workshop time and location:

SFSU Downtown campus, Room 610
835 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

Saturday, February 25, 2012
9:30 – 12:30: Teaching session
12.30 – 1.30: Lunch (not included)
1:30 – 4:30: Hands-on practice and Q&A session

About the instructor:

Tuomas Kostiainen, a native of Finland, is an ATA-certified English to Finnish translator specializing in technical and medical translations. In addition, he is an independent SDL Trados-approved Trados trainer and has provided training for numerous translators and translation companies in the US, as well as internationally. He regularly gives workshops and presentations on CAT tools, PDF tools and other topics, and writes a popular blog on Trados Studio
Register online for this workshop; click here.

Increase your Productivity Considerably. NCTA’S workshop on CAT tools.

Are you a translator who has never used a CAT (Computer-Assisted Translation) tool and would like to know what the fuss is all about? Or have you never used a CAT tool because you are still wondering which one to get? Perhaps you are already a regular CAT tool-user but want to learn about other CAT tools on the market, or you use the basic functions of your CAT tool but feel you are probably not getting the most out of it.

If you can relate to any of the above, this workshop is for you!

Workshops are one of the most important services that NCTA offers to its members and to the local translator and interpreter community.

NCTA’s workshops are open to members and non-members alike, but please note that pre-registration and pre-payment of workshop fee is required. Click on the workshop link below for specific information about registration fees and deadlines.

The workshop will be split into four parts. Part 1 will be a 45-minute presentation entitled “Ten good reasons for using a translation memory”. Surveys indicate that while the vast majority of translators do use a translation memory system, less than 30% of translators use this type of tool for every translation project or on a daily basis. This presentation gives an overview of the major benefits of using a translation memory, which go well beyond re-using existing translations.

Parts 2, 3 and 4 will focus on three of the market’s leading CAT tools: Trados Studio, MemoQ and Wordfast. How do they function? How do they compare? What does one do that the others do not? The presenters will spend half an hour on each tool, highlighting its features and discussing any drawbacks.

There will also be plenty of time for questions and answers throughout the afternoon.

The workshop time and location are as follows:

CAT Tools Workshop by Uwe Muegge, Tuomas Kostiainen and Yves Averous

SFSU Downtown campus
835 Market St., Room 607
San Francisco, CA 94103
Saturday November 12, 2011  1:00-4:15 pm

Uwe Muegge is the Chair of the Translation and Localization Management Program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. Uwe Muegge has more than 15 years of experience in the language industry, having worked on both the vendor and buyer side of the industry.

Tuomas Kostiainen, regularly gives workshops and presentations on CAT tools, PDF tools and other topics, and writes a popular blog on Trados Studio at

Yves Avérous specializes in new technology, new media, and localization/QA for software and the Web, and also works as an editor/reviewer and voice-over talent.

Follow this link to register online for the workshop:

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Did you know about Berkeley Language Institute?

In our first post we mentioned a sister company of Accent on Languages: Berkeley Language Institute.

BLI offers training to become an interpreter and/or a translator.

If you are bilingual and interested in finding out  about these programs, contact Francine Kuipers at

BLI provides professional training for healthcare interpreters, bilingual staff, and other healthcare professional looking to enhance their knowledge and medical interpretation skills, as well as their cultural competency. Ethics and protocols in a Healthcare setting are part of the training.

The training is offered on hospital premises by our coaches, who are all professional interpreters with extensive experience in medical interpreting. Our instructors have years of experience providing language services to prestigious medical institutions such as the University of California San Francisco, Stanford University, Kaiser Permanente, and also at countless private practices throughout the United States.

After an initial evaluation of the healthcare interpreters, a program is designed to meet the interpreters’ needs.  It includes: role-playing, medical terminology, pacing, protocols, memory exercises, sight translation, and cultural competency. A certificate of completion is given to interpreters who have completed the training and have met the requirements.

Learn more about BLI. Visit