Michigan’s Translators Prepare for Annual Conference

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Event to focus on translation technology and interpreting.

We think we’ve put together a very good set of workshops that will help people gain skills and see new possibilities.

The Michigan Translators/Interpreters Network (MiTiN) is ramping up to its second annual instructional conference on the foreign language professions that US News and World Report has listed among the 50 Best Careers for 2011.

The 2011 MiTiN Regional Conference on Interpreting and Translation will take place on October 1, 2011, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Novi, Mich. It will build on last year’s successful event by focusing both on live interpreting and on the technology that text translators increasingly use in their everyday work.

This year’s keynote speakers will be Katharine Allen, co-president of InterpretAmerica, and Jost Zetzsche, a world-renowned translation technology expert. Instructional sessions will include topics such as interpreting for the automotive industry, translation technology, simultaneous interpreting, video game translation, and more.

“Translating and interpreting are one of Michigan’s thriving industries, and the field is growing,” says Evelyn Villarruel, MiTiN’s conference coordinator and a certified court interpreter, “We think we’ve put together a very good set of workshops that will help people gain skills and see new possibilities.”

MiTiN’s conference in 2010 attracted attendees from seven US states and Canada.

The need for skilled, competent translators has been growing exponentially as both US and foreign companies increase their global trade. Meanwhile, stricter official standards are increasing the need for qualified, certified interpreters to work in America’s courts and medical system.

“Competent translation makes people’s lives easier and safer,” says James Kirchner, MiTiN’s vice president, “The knowledge and skills taught at this conference, and at other MiTiN events, not only enhance the careers of translators and interpreters — they also make life better for everybody.”

The MiTiN conference is open to experienced and beginning translators, to students and to translation services clients. Registration is already underway, and space is limited.

For 20 years, the Michigan Translators/Interpreters Network has helped foreign language professionals develop their linguistic and technical skills, and educated the community in working with foreign language professionals.

For more information on the MiTiN Regional Conference on Interpreting and Translation, please visit the conference website at http://mitin.org/conference.

Information on MiTiN itself is available at its main website: http://mitin.org

The conference organizer, Evelyn Villarruel, can be contacted at evelyn(dot)villarruel(at)gmail(dot)com or 734-634-0882.

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