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2018-03-28. The ATA 59th Annual Conference website is up! Mark your calendars: October 24-27, 2018 in New Orleans!

2018-03-11. think! Interpreting has been promoting the interpreting profession at the Globalization and Localization Association’s (GALA) annual conference for five years now. think! Interpreting 2018 is to be held on March 13-16 in Boston, MA.

2018-03-01. ATA 59th Annual Conference: Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity and share your knowledge at the ATA conference. Submit a winning proposal! The ATA59 proposal form is now online:

2018-02-19. Webinar: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Transplantation and More! on February 23 and 24 presented by Certified Medical Interpreter Gloria M. Rivera. Check out our Events page for more professional development opportunities.

2018-02-12. Webinar: Digital Age and Interpreting on March 13 presented by conference interpreter Maha El-Metwally.

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How about Overcoming Test Anxiety for Interpreters?

If you’ve ever sat an interpreting exam of any kind, there’s a good chance you can clearly recall how you felt while preparing for it. If you’re like me and can remember those jitters, then this thoughtful piece by Liz Essary on test anxiety is certainly worth a read.

Did you like this piece? Be sure to check out Liz’s last article on conference prep, too!


Aleyna Maria Tusa, Contributing Editor

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3 Ways Technology Is Improving the Hospital Interpreter Career Field

By David Fetterolf


As healthcare facilities encounter an increasingly diverse patient population, the demand for qualified medical interpreters continues to grow. In an attempt to provide language services to all non-English speaking patients, healthcare facilities are increasingly integrating healthcare technology into their existing language access plans. Such technology includes interpreter scheduling apps, video remote interpretation, …

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ABA Survey: Language Access to Justice for LEPs

Language Access to Justice for Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals continues to present a number of challenges. The following survey aims to elucidate such challenges as well as the efforts undertaken thus far by state and federal governments, other government agencies and private associations in an attempt to meet the growing demand of providing satisfactory …

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Interview with Mr Ian Newton, ILO Chief Interpreter – By Maha El-Metwally

In this post, we are sharing Maha El-Metwally’s interview with Mr. Ian Newton, ILO Chief Interpreter. His insights offer a different look at UN interpreting, namely the extremely intricate processes involved in organizing a conference for a UN agency. His responses also touch upon his own experience as well as his opinions on the future of the profession in light of technological advancements. Settle in for an enlightening read!

Aleyna Maria Tusa, Contributing Editor

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Member feedback for ATA Board of Directors meeting

Dear ID members,

The Board is set to meet this week-end January 19, 20, and 21 in Miami, Florida.

Friday is the annual Strategy Day while Saturday and Sunday are the regular Board meetings (and are open to the public.)

We value your feedback; please let us know what ATA programs and services are …

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AIIC 37th Assembly is happening right now

AIIC, the International Association of Conference Interpreters, is celebrating its 37th Assembly in Valencia, Spain—right now!

For those who cannot attend, watch out for tweets with the hashtag #aiicvalencia18. The conference runs from January 10-14. Many interpreter colleagues will be live-tweeting the event using this hashtag, and there’s webstreaming for AIIC members.


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[Renew Your ATA Membership]

Time to Renew your ATA Membership

Did you forget to renew by December 31?

Renew your ATA membership now. Start 2018 with all the resources and support you need to advance your interpreting career in the new year!


And if you are not a member of the Interpreters Division, why not join?

Get access to a …

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United Nations Interpreters: An insider’s view – Part 4

In the fourth and final part of Sheila’s bird’s eye view of what it’s like to be a UN interpreter, she addresses mastering sight translation of complex written speeches and practicing interpreting “densely drafted speech.”  Just another technique UN interpreters develop in their training, which requires tons of practice.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series of articles about interpreting for the United Nations!


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