NMTIA Conference, on our way….!

In Albuquerque, New Mexico
February 28 through March 1, 2020

Awesome workshops, and we’ll be there teaching 6 of them!

We hope to see you there! Make sure to look at the conference program, because it has truly interesting offerings and excellent presenters. Among the topics: digital forensics, sex trafficking, medical terminology, sight translation strategies, tour of city’s crime lab, CAT tools, ballistics, long consecutive, civil depos, interpreting for expert witnesses, ergonomics for translators and interpreters, and much more… Click below for the full schedule and all details. A great chance to learn and network!


THANKSGIVING CHALLENGE: Sight Translation of Police Report  

Here’s a little sight translation to get into the spirit of Thanksgiving.  Pull out your audio recorder, phone, or tablet and record yourself sight translating the police report below into a non-English language. Remember, standard procedure is to spend two or three minutes reviewing the document before rendering it to prepare your brain for the linguistic challenge.  When you listen to your rendition, listen for content – did you get all the concepts? Does it sound identical to the original? How about your style – was it a smooth delivery?  Did you have many pauses?  Did you add “ums” or “uhs”? Did you sound confident and professional?  And how did you handle the tricky terms? Did you freeze or did you come up with an on-the-spot solution?


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On November 28, 2019, our unit responded to a call at 2245 W. Doomed Turkey Lane regarding a domestic disturbance.  Upon arrival, Officer Pavofeo and I heard loud voices coming from inside the dwelling. Before we approached the front door, a woman who appeared to be middle aged came running out.  She appeared to be agitated – she was speaking loudly and rapidly and was flinging her arms about as she ran toward us.  She was uttering things like, “Thank God you’re here!  They’re going to kill each other! Continue reading “THANKSGIVING CHALLENGE: Sight Translation of Police Report  “

Keepin’ It Fresh! (by Irene Radillo, FCCI)

So fresh!

Talking about our native tongues, here.

Much has been said, written and discussed about this topic, and it is particularly interesting to those of us who find ourselves in the same position as the author whose article I share at the end: long-term immigrants to an English-speaking country. Think of the overall impact being surrounded by the English language has on our fluency and breadth of vocabulary, especially if everyone in your household prefers English: it becomes our default language, our go-to language for everyday things.  Please read on! Continue reading “Keepin’ It Fresh! (by Irene Radillo, FCCI)”

Let’s Welcome Spring with Some Terminology Practice – by Irene Radillo, FCCI

Spring in Ukiah, CA

Spring arrived and then decided to disappear on us in Northern California… but I have faith it’ll return soon! So… yes, Spring is here, and many of you are practicing and studying for various certification exams: so exciting! We support your commitment, so read on! Continue reading “Let’s Welcome Spring with Some Terminology Practice – by Irene Radillo, FCCI”

The Interpreter as Word Detective: Easy tips to improve your vocabulary    By Yvette Citizen, FCCI

Dedicated to our colleagues in Fiji

As interpreters, we must always strive to maintain our languages at equal levels.  This is why we must become ‘word detectives’, investigating every term that comes our way and asking ourselves if we have equivalents in all our working languages.  Here’s an exercise that will not take up too much time out of your busy life but will help you expand your vocabulary.  Take on the role of a linguistic Sherlock Holmes – cap, pipe, and spyglass are optional.

Continue reading “The Interpreter as Word Detective: Easy tips to improve your vocabulary    By Yvette Citizen, FCCI”



It’s been officially announced!  John Bichsel, Curriculum and Testing Specialist, is retiring from The University of Arizona’s National Center for Interpretation @uofanci.  John started working at NCI back in 1986 when his academic advisor, Dr. Roseann Dueñas Gonzalez, hired him while he worked on his Masters in ESL. Throughout that period he took leave a few times – once to spend a year traveling in South America and another to serve a two-year Fulbright stint in Mexico – but upon return each time he continued collaborating with Dr. Gonzalez, Victoria Vazquez, Paul Gatto, and the rest of the NCI team to champion equal access for limited- and non-English speakers by developing interpreter quality training curricula and assessment instruments, a mission he continues to be very passionate about.  These are a few accomplishments during his tenure at NCI:      Continue reading “JOHN BICHSEL RETIRES FROM NATIONAL CENTER FOR INTERPRETATION by Yvette Citizen”