The year that was

By Mark Painting, NAATI’s CEO As 2020 draws to a close, I want to take a moment to thank all of our stakeholders, practitioners, role-players, and everyone else that has helped NAATI in 2020 with our vision of a ‘connected community without language barriers.’ This year has been a tough one, both in Australia and internationally. From the devastating bushfires at the start of the year to the ongoing threat of COVID-19, we have all endured 12 months of personal and work challenges. Closing our physical offices in March meant everyone had to quickly adapt to a new way of […]

Are you ready for Zoometing?

By Huaning Gu, NAATI Certified Practitioner (CPN1AG81W) Covid19 is a disaster, but it also brings changes and opportunities. I got my first Zoom interpreting job which lasted for 6 days and involved participants from both coasts of the United States, mainland China and Australia. It is amazing. I have never imagined that I can stay at home, doing consecutive and simultaneous interpreting for parties so far away. We could hear and see each other though we cannot touch each other. I have to admit this first experience is not that good since we misunderstood each other in the pre-interpreting communication […]

An interview with Dr Oktay Eser

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to talk with Dr Eser about his time in Australia and the publication of his work: Understanding Community Interpreting Services: Diversity and Access in Australia and Beyond.  The book looks at community interpreting as a market offering in an industry that meets the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse members of the Australian community. It focuses on the importance of creating value and satisfaction for stakeholders, including customers as well as community interpreters. Uniquely, it brings together the disciplines of interpreting and management. Conducted through video meetings and via email, the interview provides an insight into the thinking behind the book.  Oktay, why […]

Challenges in the translation of languages with non-Roman script

By Dr Yavar Dehghani Languages with Non-Roman script including Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Dari, Tamil, and Thai have more challenges than others. The translation of documents from English, a language with Roman script, into these languages can have challenges for the formatting of phrases, sentences, and tables, etc. Some of these languages, like Persian, start on the right, read to the left and finish with a full stop at the far left which is opposite to English. Even with the advances of word processing and formatting software, there are still many programs that cannot handle right to […]

Of NAIDOC. NAATI. And Woggabaliri.

NAIDOC Week poster

The subject of this week’s post is NAIDOC Week and its 2020 theme of ‘Always was, Always will be.’ It is an opportunity for us to reflect on the importance of all cultures, the value of Indigenous peoples, and the part we play in Reconciliation. NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’ and can trace its origins to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s. Groups which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The idea behind NAIDOC goes back to a […]

NAATI’s YouTube Channel

Let’s be honest, YouTube is a great place for…..well…..wasting a lot of time. Yes, there are funny memes, fashion tips from the Kardashians and, my favourites, plenty of mountain biking and skiing videos.  And if you delve a little deeper, this platform is brimming with valuable and informative content.  Yes, the ‘Tube has lots of learning opportunities and plenty of educational channels, such as our own NAATI channel, which also provides links to other organisations in our sector, such as ASLIA. However, today I want to focus on why, as a T&I professional or candidate, you might want to spend some time on our channel.  Firstly, it covers a range of topics and provides helpful advice […]

“A Little Bird Told Me”: Raising children in a bilingual environment

By Ekaterina Korolkevich – Rubbo, NAATI Certified Interpreter The idea for translation of Russian Nursery Rhymes into English came to me when my daughter Ellen was born. All my life I’d lived in Russia always loving folklore, beautiful fairy tales, wise fables and tender songs.  I started questioning the whole idea of culture, identity and belonging when I came to Australia.  When my daughter was tiny I decided to read and speak to her in Russian, while in the household we had English as the dominant language as my husband is Australian.  So, each night I would read to her […]

Interpreting in the Judicial system

By Ludmila Stern It is Monday 21 September 2020, and I am waiting in the Downing Centre District court in Sydney CBD for trials to begin. One ongoing trial involves interpreting in French. Another trial, to begin today, involves Arabic, Portuguese and Vietnamese interpreters. Two Spanish interpreters, one French and one German, have been booked for a third trial.  I didn’t come here today as a participant in these trials but to observe the way judges work in criminal proceedings when an interpreter is involved.  These court observations are part of the research project Judicial officers working with interpreters in courts and tribunals: Implications for access to Justice. This project is funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and is supported by eight Partner Organisations who are industry stakeholders. NAATI is our major sponsor in this project who came on board in the early stages of our application.  In this project, a team of researchers from UNSW Sydney – my colleagues and I – focus on […]

Building infrastructure, realising benefits

Over the last twelve months, NAATI has made significant investments in its ITC infrastructure, making, amongst many other things, the COVID-19 forced working from home arrangements almost seamless and was an unexpected benefit of the already planned migration. NAATI has taken a strategic and long-term ITC view to how it does its work and how it supports the many thousands of T&I practitioners and anyone else that interacts with our systems. The aim is to make these interactions simple and as efficient as possible, whilst increasing our operational efficiency and effectiveness, resulting in an overall customer experience improvement. This year […]

AUSIT Conference 2020

NAATI is a proud sponsor of AUSIT’s conferences, and in this week’s post, Despina Amanatidou writes about their upcoming national conference and highlights one of its keynote speakers.  Traditionally the AUSIT National Conference is the most awaited professional development and networking event of the year. It is an optimal environment for presentation of research relevant to T&I but also interdisciplinary, for original exchange and debate and also a space where all stakeholders from practitioners to Language Service Providers to academics, etc. interact with each other and form professional relationships.  The centrepiece of the industry’s professional development calendar promises this year to be even more unique due to restrictions in the movement of people imposed by COVID-19. For the […]