January 21st Orientation

Calling all interpreters in San Francisco Bay Area!

Accent on Languages is proud to announce a free orientation for new interpreters that will be held this coming Saturday.

WHEN: Saturday, January 21st, 10 am to 12 noon
WHERE: 1840 Alcatraz Avenue, Suite C1, Berkeley, CA 94703
WITH: Francine Kuipers, CEO and Owner of Accent on Languages

If you are interested in attending, please leave a comment or call into our offices in Berkeley to reserve your spot.

Feburary Workshops-NCTA

Getting Started as a Translator

When: 2/13/2016
From 9.30 AM until 12.30 PM
Where: Map this event »
Golden Gate University, Room 5224
536 Mission Street
Between 1st and 2nd
San Francisco, California  94105
United States
Presenter: Michael Schubert

Are you considering a career as a freelance translator? Are you already working in translation but looking for tips on how to become more successful? In this half-day workshop, Michael Schubert shares his experience from fifteen years as a full-time, independent translator:

• What are the core skills you need to become successful?
• How can you best market yourself and find clients?
• How do you set your prices and escape the bottom of the market?
• Once you establish your translation empire, how do you keep it thriving?

Workshop attendees will be encouraged to ask questions and participate in the discussion! There will be a 15-minute break with refreshments.

Learn more here

The Dos and Don’ts of Running a Small Business

When: 2/13/2016
From 1.30 PM until 4.30 PM
Where: Map this event »
Golden Gate University, Room 5224
536 Mission Street
Between 1st and 2nd
San Francisco, California  94105
United States
Presenter: Kermit Clum CPA

This half-day workshop is aimed at independent contractors (freelance translators or interpreters) and will cover topics such as:

– What is an independent contractor?

– W9s

– Setting up and starting your own business:
o Setting up and maintaining separate bank accounts and credit cards
o Getting a business license
o Maintaining business records
o Keeping financial records (Quickbooks, Peachtree, MS Money and Quicken)

– Self-employment and tax implications
o What is self-employment tax?
o What is Schedule C?
o Deductible expenses (vehicle expenses, business use of home, self-employment health care deduction, other deductible expenses)

– Tax planning
o Estimated taxes
o Retirement savings options: SEPS, small 401(k) plans, IRAs (Roth & traditional)
o Business forms: sole proprietorship vs. LLC, S-Corp, etc. and their tax/fee implications in California

There will be also be a question-and-answer period at the end of the workshop.

Learn more here

Registration closes 2/10/2016 or sooner if maximum numbers are reached.
Early-bird discount ends 1/30/2016
Workshop fees:
Member early-bird rate: $50 through Jan. 30
Non-members early-bird rate: $80 through Jan. 30

After 1/30/2016
Members: $75
Non-members: $105

Please note: places on NCTA workshops are not confirmed until full payment is received.

A Navajo interpreter who changed the history of America

Philip Johnston

Philip Johnston, the son of a missionary, was born in 1892.  When Philip was 4 years old, his family brought him to Flagstaff, Arizona to serve Navajos residing on Navajo Reservation, where he learned to speak Navajo.

When the Japanese Navy attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, Philip was working as a civilian in Los Angeles.  He learned that the U.S. Army was using Comanches to transmit military communications. He then proposed to the United States Marine Corps (USMC) that the Navajo language could also be applied.

Philip demonstrated the utility of using Navajo language to transit military communications with a group of Navajos. Then they agreed that in order to send the military message, they would use word and letter substitution methods to convey messages. Below are examples:


During the war, the work of sending coded messages was extremely serious. The Japanese were able to decode all the messages the U.S. sent. Being able to keep messages secret could make the difference between winning and losing a battle. Philip’s idea of using Navajo languages as a Navajo code to be used during the World War II was a great success.


Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_talker#Navajo_code_talkers

Orientation for new interpreters

Ms. Francine Kuipers, CEO of Accent on Languages Inc., is conducting an orientation session for individuals wishing to become new professional interpreters.

The session is scheduled on Saturday, February 28th, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at Accent on Languages headquarters located at 1840 Alcatraz Avenue, in Berkeley, CA.

To register for the session please send an e-mail to Ms. Kuipers at francinek@accentonlanguages.com before February 25th.

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 http://unidioma.com/?p=1242; 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.

View the flyer for this webinar:

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 info@imiaweb.org. 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:

Questions may be directed to info@imiaweb.org.