Category: Professional associations

Webinar question: Preparing for the ATA certification exam

This is post #3 in my ongoing series of questions from the webinar on “Getting started as a freelance translator” that I presented for the American Translators Association earlier this month. A participant asks: How can I prepare for the ATA certification exam? Short answer: Order a practice test from ATA; at $50 (including return of …

Reviewing your professional association memberships

Thanks to my friend and colleague Eve Bodeux for suggesting this timely post! Now that we’re less than a month from the new year, you’re probably receiving membership renewal notices from the professional associations to which you belong. You may also be receiving solicitations to join new associations. Following are some tips on deciding whether to …

Upcoming ATA webinar

I’ll be posting a wrapup of last week’s ATA conference soon; in short, it was fantastic. Enlightening sessions, enlightened colleagues and that unmistakable Colorado energy. I feel like the French sessions get better every year, and every year I come away with a long list of new ideas to improve my translations and my business skills. …

Happy International Translation Day 2010

Here it is September 30 again, and time for another celebration of International Translation Day! FIT‘s theme for this year is “Translation Quality for a Variety of Voices” and their press release focuses on the critical role that translators and interpreters play in preserving multilingualism in the world. In a case of professional synchronicity it’s also …

Issue #2 of the ATA Compass

Issue #2 of ATA’s new publication for translation buyers and consumers, the ATA Compass, is online now. It’s entitled “First, Do No Harm: The Myths of Healthcare Interpreting” and features interviews with Dr. James Rohack, the Immediate Past President of the American Medical Association, and Doug Green of the Texas Association of Healthcare Interpreters and Translators. …

ATA conference: don't miss the Early Bird deadline

If you’re planning to attend this year’s American Translators Association conference (October 27-30 in Denver), don’t forget to register by September 24 in order to pay the Early Bird price. I’m hoping to see lots of Thoughts on Translation readers there, and I’m excited to present Preconference Seminar J, “Beyond the Basics of Freelancing.”