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Cultivating Connection: 8 Tips for Interpreters and Translators to Tackle Loneliness

By The Savvy Newcomer | February 6, 2024
Cultivating Connection: 8 Tips for Interpreters and Translators to Tackle Loneliness

This post was originally published on KGH Interpretation. It is reposted with permission.  In 2022 I facilitated a session of the Language Access Café at the NCIHC Annual Membership Meeting and was asked to speak about interpreter self-care. Prior to the meeting, I decided to do an informal survey of medical interpreters asking them some questions about their mental health. I wanted to have a little bit of data that would clue me in on some of the issues interpreters were facing. While most of the results I shared during the AMM focused on stressors and supports, I also briefly shared…

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ATA Science & Technology Division 2014 National Meeting Program

By The Savvy Newcomer | October 21, 2014

By Matthew Schlecht The ATA Science & Technology Division has a solid program at the 55th ATA Annual Meeting with content that will appeal to the inner geek in all of us. S&TD includes translators working in a wide variety of language pairs with a focus on scientific and technical subject matter. Some of the S&TD presentations do have a…

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The Freelance Juggling Act: Balancing Work, Family, and the Rest of Life as a Freelancer

By The Savvy Newcomer | October 14, 2014

By Corinne McKay  What’s the best and the worst thing about freelancing? It’s all up to you! Whether you work 20 hours a week or 80 hours a week; whether you earn $10,000 or $200,000; whether you finish your deadlines with plenty of buffer time, or whether you miss your deadlines entirely. As compared with an in-house job, freelancing offers significant…

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Don’t miss out on one of the ATA’s most valuable resources—The Business Practices List

By The Savvy Newcomer | October 7, 2014

By David Friedman The ATA Business Practices Listserv (BP List) has without a doubt been the best thing about my ATA membership. The discussions on it range from advice on how to deal with contract clauses and how to vet clients to the differences between the bulk market and the premium market. It’s a place where all translators, regardless of experience,…

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International Translation Day: A celebration of language and human rights

By The Savvy Newcomer | September 30, 2014

By Daniela Guanipa Today’s post is a celebration of all the language professionals who make a difference in our world – whether it is as medical or court interpreters, literary or technical translators, and every (in)imaginable field in between. We celebrate those linguists who came before us – just as Saint Jerome, whose feast we also celebrate today and who…

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From ATA’s Mentoring Committee: How to Be a Happy and Prosperous Translator or Interpreter

By The Savvy Newcomer | September 23, 2014

By Eric Chiang ATA’s Mentoring Program has had two lives so far. Its first life began as the brainchild of then ATA Board member Courtney Searls-Ridge. Courtney followed her dream to build a mentoring program for ATA members: she organized, recruited, and cajoled to get the program off the ground in 2001. The program’s second life began in 2012 when…

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University of Maryland, College Park: A Day in the Life

By The Savvy Newcomer | September 16, 2014

By Sarah Caudill Though I live in Silver Spring, Maryland, just a short bus ride from the UMD College Park campus, I was teaching English in a small French town called l’Isle d’Abeau when I first heard about the brand new Interpreting and Translation program at UMD. I had interpreted and translated on an informal basis for friends and family, of…

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After the Conference is Before the Conference: Tips for ATA Conference Networking Success

By The Savvy Newcomer | September 9, 2014

Attending the largest annual translation conference in the USA can be a little daunting if you do not know any attendees beforehand. Luckily, my first ever ATA conference coincided with the newly established Newbies and Buddies program initiated by Helen Eby and Jamie Hartz. Here are some tips I picked up and suggestions to help you navigate your first conference.…

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Ten Evenings Per Year

By The Savvy Newcomer | September 2, 2014

By Caitilin Walsh It doesn’t seem like a huge time investment, but they are some of the most demanding hours for me professionally. During those ten classes (five Wednesdays during the spring and fall quarters), I not only have to provide valuable theoretical and practical information to 18 energetic and motivated students, but my entire knowledge and 25+ years’ professional experience…

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A Day in the Life: Bellevue College

By The Savvy Newcomer | August 26, 2014

This week we continue with our “A Day in the Life” series featuring an article written in collaboration by two current students from the Bellevue College Translation and Interpretation Certificate Program. We find it very interesting to hear the unique perspectives of students from completely different backgrounds who share a common goal: Applying their language skills to work through a…

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ATA Business Smarts – The Midsummer Slump

By The Savvy Newcomer | August 19, 2014

Reblogged from ATA Business Practices Dear Business Smarts: During the past two weeks, very little work has come in. My regular clients all seem to have gone on a collective beach vacation. Even though I usually have a steady amount of work, I have had to search the online marketplaces for assignments, without much success. I feel like a fraud…

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