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.

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.

YOU WILL LEARN:
•    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.

Becoming a Professional Translator/Interpreter

As we mentioned in earlier posts, Berkeley Language Institute offers a variety of workshops on topics related to translation and interpreting. They are designed for those wishing to explore new areas of interest and career opportunities, as well as developing existing skills.

The workshops are held in the context of continuing education for professional linguists, and for bilingual individuals who wish to enter the translation and interpreting fields.

The Business side of Translation is the next workshop listed on BLI’s website. This seminar, conducted by Francine Kuipers, is an introduction to the business world applied to anyone interested in becoming a professional translator and/or interpreter.

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

Terminology: translator, transcriber, simultaneous & consecutive interpreter, voice-talent…
Tools of the trade
Certifications
How to market yourself  and network
Trade associations
Employee vs. outside contractor
Continuing education
Costs estimates & turnaround
Contracts
Protocols
Code of Ethics…

It is also posted on NCTA’s Calendar of Events.

Time and location are as follows:

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

Saturday, March 17th, 2012, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

There is a fee of $45.00 per person.

About  the instructor:

Francine Kuipers is the founder of Accent on Languages and Berkeley Language Institute.
Ms Kuipers is a linguistic and cultural consultant.  She was the Principal of the French American School in Los Angeles. She taught at the University of Peru, Russia, and in various schools in the United States. She is a language consultant to School Districts and to various companies and organizations, as well as the US Army. She has been producing language tapes since 1986. Ms Kuipers has been conducting workshops on translation and interpreting  since 1995.

If you need any additional information on our workshops, please click here, or contact Francine Kuipers at francine@berkeleylanguageinstitute.com.

CHIA’s 12th Annual Education Conference

CHIA is holding its 12th Annual Education Conference.

Continuing Education for Continued Success” will be a two-day program of skills workshops and professional networking. It will take place at the DoubleTree Hotel and Meeting Center at the Berkeley Marina in Berkeley, California, on Friday and Saturday, March 9-10, 2012.

With three optional pre-conference workshops and an array of presentations focusing on skills development for interpreters and translators, this year’s event offers several language-specific workshops, new developments in court interpreting, and updates on national healthcare interpreting certification.

All interpreters, trainers, students, language service providers, language-access advocates and the public, are welcome to the event!  With a lot of information and fun, this year’s conference is essential for interpreters looking to build their skills and professional prospects.

You may register online for this conference. Please click here for more details.

The California Healthcare Interpreting Association (CHIA) is a public charity dedicated to improving the quality and availability of language services in the delivery of healthcare. CHIA’s purpose is to unite and collaborate with interpreters, students, healthcare providers, administrators and language agencies, for equitable language services in the delivery of healthcare.

Accent on Languages will have a booth at the conference. Stop by and meet us in person! Francine Kuipers, CEO, and Lea Mendelovitz, Executive Coordinator for interpreters, will be there.

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.

http://www.ncta.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=7

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

Presenters:
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 http://tradoshelp.wordpress.com.

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:

http://www.ncta.org/displayconvregister.cfm?convnbr=10702

[Partially taken from the NCTA website at www.ncta.org].