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Mary Maloof, CT

University of North Georgia-Gainesville Translation Class

On March 30, 2017, I spoke to an upper-level Spanish translation class at the University of North Georgia-Gainesville Campus about the benefits and advantages of ATA certification. Six students and their instructor, Dr. Bonnie C. Holmes, Assistant Professor of Spanish at UNG-Gainesville, were in attendance. Celina González-Posse, the president of the Atlanta Association of Interpreters and Translators (AAIT), accompanied me to pitch in and help respond to the students’ questions and concerns.

The presentation was followed by a lively Q&A session where the students eagerly peppered Celina and me with questions not only about the ATA certification process, but also on how to successfully market and promote oneself as a translator, how to build a lucrative and profitable translation business, liability issues and the ins and outs of E&O insurance, the best way to form relationships with local clients, different types of interpreter certification, how to find attractive job opportunities, and more.

This translation practice workshop is one in a series of courses offered by the University of North Georgia that make up the UNG's translation certificate program. The 18-hour certificate program, which has been in place at UNG for a few years now, can be taken alone or in conjunction with another major and prepares students to work as Spanish/English translators in fields including, but not limited to, business, medicine, law enforcement, and social services.

While the class is small, the students are all extremely committed and enthusiastic, which was very encouraging and heartening to see.

Mary Maloof is an ATA-certified translator (Spanish–into-English) with 15 years of experience in the language services industry. She is also a chairperson of the Atlanta Association of Interpreters and Translators, a chapter of the American Translators Association (ATA). Mary has been a member of ATA since 1998.

She holds a B.A. in Spanish and a B.A. in International Studies from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

Mary is the founder and moderator of LegalTranslators, a popular Yahoo! Group for legal translators and court interpreters of all languages. The group has been active since 2000.