Translation

How can you ensure your legal interpreter is skilled?

First and foremost, there is no room for mistakes for interpreters in a legal proceeding. A mistake with just one word can be detrimental to a person’s life, liberty, and future, resulting in a grave injustice. The nuances of language in a court case demand complete familiarity with legal terminology and fluency in the languages …

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Finding Balance on Social Media

I realize the title is somewhat deceptive. This blog isn’t about time management. It is about balancing our message on social media. Perhaps I should explain. In the past Emily and I have posted issues or questions on social media that somehow morphed into unpleasant debates which have never been our intention. This has caused …

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How do you Envision Public Relations for ATA?

For several years, I have been following a very vibrant discussion about ATA’s need for Public Relations. In fact, during the opening statement of the 2014 conference in Chicago, President Caitlin Walsh announced, “We are listening to our members and have now hired a professional PR person!” This grand proclamation delighted everyone and set a …

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Transparency at American Translators Association

You spend the entire weekend cleaning your home from top to bottom. The place looks great. All that’s left is a sink full of dirty dishes. Some friends drop by unexpectedly. Did they notice your immaculate dwelling? Do they appreciate all your toil? Unlikely; when things are fine, nobody seems to notice. However, most assuredly, …

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Interpreting Idioms

The other day one of my colleagues sent me an e-mail declaring “Holy Cow!” This expression got me thinking about idioms the we often encounter when Interpreting or Translating. Obviously a word for word translation isn’t always practical. Basically all she was saying was WOW! We need to convey the meaning not the words otherwise …

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Build Your Tribe, Grow Your Business

We often hear about the importance of networking to grow a business. It is said that relationships are important because people typically work with people they like and trust. All of that is true. However, even if one might be active in networking in person or via social media, there is no guarantee that those …

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