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  • 03/30/2016 18:29 | Deleted user

    Check out our latest postings! NOTIS members are welcome to submit articles as well. Send your blog articles, 500 words or fewer, to Please note that blog articles may be subject to editing and will become the property of The Northwest Linguist.

  • 03/24/2016 17:28 | Deleted user

    Do you still need to fulfill your annual ethics credit for DSHS? If so, you can take an approved ethics class from home! DSHS has a free ethics webinar on its website.

    Six steps to earn your free ethics credit:

    1) Go to the DSHS “Orientation and Ethics Training” page:

    2) Click on the “Ethics Training” hyperlink. The link is found under both the Medical and the Social Services headings.

    3) Watch the video.

    4) Go back to the DSHS page, click on the “Quiz” link and complete the quiz.

    5) Take a screenshot of your quiz results.

    6) Email your quiz results and DSHS number(s) to:

    Remember: If you earned your DSHS certification/authorization before April 6, 2015, you must complete and submit your ethics credit before December 31, 2016.

    If you have any questions, you can contact DSHS at:

  • 02/22/2016 21:22 | Anonymous

    Posted by María Luisa García Camón

    Every year, NOTIS goes through the process of preparing meaningful and interesting trainings for professional linguists in the Northwest. The idea of a language-specific training has been going around in our heads for quite some time. This is a long overdue promise for many linguists. The general feeling is that we are tired of the same old type of seminars. We all want new and useful training that will teach us something new and might help us in carrying out our daily duties and developing our careers.

    This year NOTIS is finally providing not one, but three language-specific trainings. It may look like the training is more focused on translation than interpretation, but let’s not forget that both areas are intrinsically related. The subjects we are proposing for this training are equally valuable to both translators and interpreters, and the dissection of the legal language will certainly benefit all of us in the long run.

    Thomas West III, renowned linguist and jurist, has agreed to spend one weekend in Seattle to provide us with a very specific series of trainings that, in my opinion, is very much needed. He will teach three seminars, each one of them focusing on a different language: Spanish, Russian and French. Below please find a description of the trainings and a brief biography of Thomas West III.

    Please make sure that you do not miss this great opportunity. To register, go to the NOTIS Events page and click on the event link. I hope to see you there!

    Presenter: THOMAS WEST III

    Thomas West founded Intermark Language Services in 1995 after practicing law for five years with a large Atlanta law firm. Intermark recently celebrated its 21st year in business. Tom received his B.A. degree in French and English from the University of Mississippi summa cum laude and his M.A. in German from Vanderbilt University, where he was a Harold Stirling Vanderbilt fellow. He earned his J.D. at the University of Virginia School of Law and was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1990. From 2001 to 2003, he served as president of the American Translators Association (ATA), and has conducted seminars on legal translation throughout Europe and Latin America. Tom is ATA certified for translation from French, Spanish, German and Dutch into English. The second edition of his Spanish-English Dictionary of Law and Business was published to wide acclaim in June 2012. The first workshop will be provided for Spanish language translators and interpreters on March 19, 2016, at North Seattle Community College.

    SPANISH. – Mexican Civil Procedure and “Hilando muy fino con el lenguaje jurídico”

    During the first part of this full-day workshop Thomas West will walk us through Mexican Civil Procedure and will examine the stages of a civil lawsuit and documents related to it. “Hilando muy fino con el lenguaje jurídico” is the second part of the Spanish language-specific training, which will examine tricky aspects of legal terminology in both Spanish and English that can trip up even the most experienced translator or interpreter.

    The second day, March 20, at the same venue, there will be two workshops, one each for translator and interpreters working with French and Russian.

    FRENCH. – Dissecting French contracts

    In this workshop Thomas West will give us insight into contracts from France and the United States and will discuss key concepts, such as “consideration” in English-language agreements and the distinction between “obligations de moyens” and “obligations de résultats” in French-language ones. We will also discuss issues of syntax and consider whether the translation of a contract should follow French word order or whether it is appropriate to change the word order in English.

    RUSSIAN. – Dissecting Russian contracts

    Thomas West will talk about contract law in Russia and how it differs from contract law in the United States. We will particularly focus on Russian terms that are difficult to translate because there is no equivalent in the United States. We will then look at the “anatomy of a contract” and consider the boilerplate clauses that appear in most contracts. If time permits, we will try our hand at correcting a faulty translation of a contract from Russian into English.

  • 02/20/2016 21:19 | Anonymous

    NOTIS conducted a survey between November 16 and December 15, 2015, to assess member satisfaction and how to improve services to members. The survey was circulated to all NOTIS members (numbering 387 in December 2015), interpreters on the registries of state courts in the region, and members of the Interpreters United union; as well as publicized on NOTIS’s Facebook page. NOTIS was thrilled to receive responses from 211 translators and interpreters, 135 of whom were NOTIS members. Because NOTIS is almost wholly volunteer-run, we were also pleased to see that 75.4% of member respondents were satisfied or very satisfied with their NOTIS membership. Many thanks to all who responded.

    Survey respondents were especially interested in the following from NOTIS:

    • More continuing education, on a broader range of topics, in more geographic areas
    • Better marketing of NOTIS’s online directory of translators and interpreters, and of NOTIS and its members generally, to the region’s business community
    • Improved communication with members
    • More advocacy for translators and interpreters

    We hear you! Based on your input, NOTIS’s 2016 priorities include expanded continuing education, improved marketing of our members’ services, and improved communication with members. Specific 2016 plans include:

    • Webinars! NOTIS will offer at least two webinars, accessible to translators and interpreters anywhere with internet access, in 2016.
    • Expanded in-person continuing education programming, in a wider range of locations
    • Improvement of our website and online directory, and marketing of the directory
    • Introduction of the Northwest Linguist blog, with posts at least monthly
    • Improving our systems to simplify membership renewal and event registration
    • Appointment of a new advocacy chair, with academic and research experience in community interpreting

    Do any of these projects interest you? Would you like to pitch in with planning webinars, classes or social events? Marketing NOTIS to the Northwest business community? Sharing your thoughts on translation, interpretation, or language access for our blog? Advocating for translators and interpreters?

    Please contact us at! Our work depends on volunteers like you, and working together benefits our profession, the community, and our members’ bottom line.

  • 02/14/2016 16:30 | Deleted user

    We have many new Board members who diligently work to serve our profession in general, and our local translator and interpreter members specifically.

    Check them out on this page, and if you have questions ask them.

    You want to get involved? We have many committees where you can engage and help to make our member community still stronger, and even more fun. Check out the committees page.


  • 02/04/2016 16:32 | Deleted user

    The Northwest Translators & Interpreters Society (NOTIS) advocacy mission is to improve business conditions in the language interpretation and translation service industry by participating in the following activities pursuant to what is permissible under IRS 501(c)(6):

    • Present and promote information, trade statistics, and group opinions to government agencies and private sector businesses.
    • Promote the common business interests of NOTIS members.
    • Influence legislation and regulations germane to the quality, provision, and procurement of language interpretation and translation services.

    You can read about all NOTIS Advocacy Efforts on our new page Advocacy.

    If you have any questions or like to get involved please contact us.

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