Austin Area Translators & Interpreters Association

Registration for AATIA’s TDLR-approved workshop will end this coming Thursday, August 14th. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to earn all your continuing education credits in one painless day!



August general meeting features Tony Beckwith

Our next general meeting is Saturday, August 9, 2014, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Best Western Plus Austin City Hotel located at 2200 S. I-H 35, Austin, 78704.

Our presenter will be Tony Beckwith, who has been a fulltime freelance translator for 25 years. He has been a long-time AATIA member and past board member and his insights and wit always make for a great talk.
His presentation at our next meeting will involve a discussion on the difficulties of translating the underlying meaning in seemingly simple texts. The presentation will include hands-on exercises that will challenge participants’ ability to think beyond the literal and find creative ways to express themselves in their other language. The exercises will be based on language-neutral texts so that all can participate regardless of their language pair.

There will also be door prizes, food and the chance to network with other translators and interpreters. We hope you can make it!

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  • Early-bird registration for AATIA’s TDLR-approved workshop for licensed court interpreters will end at midnight on July 28th. Rates will go up to $160 for AATIA members and $200 for non-members on July 29th. So don’t miss out – sign up today!


    Registration is now open for AATIA’s TDLR-approved court interpreting workshop,* to be held in Austin on Saturday, August 16, 2014.

    This workshop, presented by the ever-popular Eta Trabing, will feature 3 hours of ethics training and 5 hours of terminology training and practice. Read the rest of this entry »

    General Meeting on June 14

    Our next general meeting is Saturday, June 14, 2014, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Best Western Plus Austin City Hotel located at 2200 S. I-H 35, Austin, 78704.

    At the meeting, the board will share information about the creation of a new AATIA website.

    Our presenter will be Marc Adler, a Japanese > English translator. He specializes in patents and literary translation and will speak about the following topic:
    “The way meaning is tied up with words and syntax continues to make the question of what exactly it means for a translation to be faithful problematic. Between certain languages, a literal word-for-word translation would produce utter gibberish, and yet as translators we can feel when a translation crosses the boundary from ‘freedom’ into to ‘rewriting the original’. I’ll examine this question using examples from a few different languages, including Japanese, whose syntax is vastly different from English.”

    As usual, refreshments will be served and there will be a chance to network before and after the meeting! Hope to see you there!

    ATA Literary Division newsletter worth a read

    The latest issue of Source, a quarterly publication of the Literary Translation Division of the American Translators Association (ATA), is well worth a read. Source is co-edited by AATIA members Michele McKay Aynesworth and Tony Beckworth. The Spring 2014 issue features articles about the challenges of preserving and translating indigenous languages spoken in former colonies, including “Murdering the King’s Language,” by Ugandan priest Joseph Musoke and “How to Live with the Good Way of Living,” by Patrick Saari, translator of Ecuador’s 2008 Constitution. Tony Beckwith’s regular By the Way column focuses on the origins of the Latin alphabet. The issue also features several of the multi-talented Beckwith’s cartoons.

    FCICE test prep workshop to be held in Austin

    The University of Arizona’s National Center for Interpretation will offer a workshop on preparing for the Federal Court Interpreter Certification Exam (FCICE) in Austin on August 2-3, 2014. Workshop participants will take two written exams that match the content of the actual exam and will receive individualized feedback from a federally certified court interpreter. The exam is offered only in Spanish-English. Click here to register for the exam prep workshop. Download the free FCICE Examinee Handbook for more information about the exam.

    AATIA will once again offer an all-day workshop that will enable TDLR-licensed interpreters to earn all their required continuing education hours for the year. This year’s workshop will be held on Saturday, August 16th. The ever-popular Eta Trabing has again agreed to be our presenter.

    The topic for the mandatory ethics portion of the workshop will be “Does culture impact ethics?” That should generate some discussion! The focus of the second part of the workshop will be municipal court vocabulary – one of the topics suggested by several participants at last year’s workshop. This year we will be sure to leave enough time for some hands-on practice!

    We will open registration in early June. Meanwhile, save the date!

    AATIA is one of the nation’s leading resources and advocates for the translation and interpretation community. Our mission: to serve AATIA members through education, networking, and promotion of translation and interpretation professions.

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