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.

Avoiding awkward translations

Nokia unveiled its first-ever Windows Phones at the Nokia World conference in London, the Lumia 800 and the Lumia 710. Unfortunately, Nokia learned too late that Lumia actually means “prostitute” in Spanish. Oops.

Dictionaries suggest that Nokia’s name for its latest smartphone has money-for-pleasure connotations. The Real Academia Española, considered one of the authorities of the Spanish language, claims that Nokia’s Lumia smartphone is a colloquial term for “prostitute” in Spanish.

Ufortunately, Nokia isn’t the only company embarrassed by a bad translation. There are many other product names released by companies over the years that suffered from a lack of international research.

There is where language companies like AoL play a very important role on doing the proper investigation and research as they possess all the necessary tools to avoid such situations.

Learn more. Visit http://www.thedenverchannel.com/technology/29593631/detail.html

http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/238383/20111026/nokia-lumia-prostitute-coors-beerwolf-chevy-nova-clairol-mist-stick-sega-ford-pinto-google.htm

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 francinek@aol.com

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. http://www.berkeleylanguageinstitute.com/assessment.html.

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 http://www.berkeleylanguageinstitute.com/.

What the Future Holds for Translators and Interpreters

In today’s information society, communication is more than just important. It’s crucial. Every business and political message runs the risk of being misinterpreted, especially when it comes to complex ideas, and the results of misinterpretation can range from a failed business agreement to the collapse of government talks. In short, there never has been more demand for specialists in translation and interpretation, which makes these two jobs hot prospects for the coming years.

If you’re fluent in two or more languages, you may find this career area of great interest to you, perhaps as you explore an entirely new vocation or if you’re just starting your career after college. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, translators and interpreters will experience faster-than-average employment growth through 2018.

[…] Many corporations are in great need of professionals in both aspects of the field (interpreting and translation), as are government agencies and other employers.

For instance, the American Translators Association is composed of more than 11,000 members — including translators, interpreters, teachers, project managers, Web and software developers, language company owners, hospitals, universities and government agencies — in more than 90 countries.

Dawn Rosenberg McKay, the career planning guide for About.com, says, “Most employers will only consider candidates who have bachelor’s degrees, as well as specialized training from a formal program.”

[…]

Should you decide that your language fluency, education and experience make you a suitable candidate, visit the American Translators Association’s website for information on taking the test to become a credited member of the organization. You can take practice tests before paying  fee and signing up to take your exam.

You will need to provide proof of your education and work experience to qualify to take the test, which is a three-hour proctored exam in a specific language pair of your choice. The ATA currently offers exams for your proficiency in translating into English from Arabic, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish, as well as from English into Chinese, Croatian, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Ukrainian.

Be aware that the test is challenging. The current overall pass rate is less than 20 percent, but when you do pass, you earn entry into the ATA, as well as your designation as a certified interpreter or translator, ready to launch into your new field.

How Will You Work?

The next consideration is this: Do you wish to work for a company or organization, or do you wish to be an independent contractor? The former requires that you locate in-house job opportunities — a perk of belonging to the ATA — and go through the process of interviewing in order to land your dream job.

Some companies maintain their employees in an office, and some send their employees into the field to interpret and translate. […]

If you wish to be an independent contractor, you will need to establish your own business, with resources from the ATA and the U.S. Small Business Administration, set up your home office, apply for a state license (if required), pay quarterly taxes, set up an organized bookkeeping system, market yourself and set your own prices, among other requirements for the self-employed. The ATA reports that it can take up to two years to fully establish your own business.

Ongoing Training

Just as with any other job, you will need to take smart steps to maximize your career’s potential and advancement. According to the ATA’s website, here are some advised steps:

  • Take courses to keep up-to-date on trends in your field and learn new terminology.
  • Join professional organizations to find out more about and network within your chosen specialties.
  • Travel abroad, if at all possible.
  • Read often, in all your languages, to hone your skills.
  • Subscribe to trade magazines in your areas of expertise.
  • Add to your hardware/software collection and learn new programs.
  • Check your local community college for classes in accounting, taxes, business management, marketing, etc.
  • Check out assistance from women’s or minority business organizations if you fit those categories.
  • Look for one or more mentors in your field, especially those who already have started their own businesses. A useful place to start is the Service Corps of Retired Executives, on the Web at www.score.org.

From Las Vegas Review-Journal http://www.lvrj.com/employment/translator-interpreter-becomes-top-profession-for-2012-130062423.html.