International Translation Day: A celebration of language and human rights

By Daniela Guanipa

atlas-62742_640Today’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 is best known for translating the Bible into Latin – and those who will continue with the work we do today after we are long gone.

The 2014 theme of International Translation Day: “Language Rights: Essential to All Human Rights” captures this spirit by recognizing that through the work we do every day as language professionals, we are also protecting our basic human rights; we enable communication among individuals who otherwise would not have access to needed services or the opportunity to be on equal footing with his or her peers.

The communiqué from the International Federation of Translators written by Izabel S. Arocha from IMIA, on the occasion of International Translation Day, is a great statement to our profession.

“We all need to work together to raise awareness and ensure that language services are available at all the interfaces between the public and service-providers.”

What better way to celebrate this special day than attending a professional conference or a local networking event during the upcoming month?  We have prepared a list of gatherings happening around the world during the next few weeks. It is, by no means, a comprehensive list, but it is certainly a token of our appreciation to our readers.

We are always interested in finding excuses to get together with colleagues, so if you know of an event that should be included in this list, please send us a message!

Let’s stand together and proudly celebrate with colleagues around the world on this day, our very own.

Happy International Translation Day from The Savvy Newcomer!


 3-4  Colorado Association of Professional Translators (CAPI)
CAPI 2014 Annual Conference
Grand Junction, Colorado

3-5 Asociación Española de Traductores, Correctores e Intérpretes (ASETRAD)
Asamblea general y encuentro anual
Tudela, Spain

4 Michigan Translators/Interpreters Network (MiTiN)
Regional Conference on Interpreting and Translation
Novi, Michigan

4 Oregon Society of Translators and Interpreters (OSTI)
First Annual Conference
Albany, Oregon

10-12 California Federation of Interpreters (CFI)
12th Annual Continuing Education Conference
Los Angeles, California

25 Colegio de Traductores Públicos de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires
IV Encuentro Argentino de Informática Aplicada a la Traducción
Buenos Aires, Argentina

27-28 Translation Automation Users Society (TAUS)
Annual Conference 2014
Vancouver, Canada

Oct 29 – Nov 1 Conference of Interpreter Trainers
2014 Biennial Conference
Portland, Oregon


5-8 American Translators Association (ATA)
55th Annual Conference
Chicago, Illinois

8-10 8th International Postgraduate Conference in Translating and Interpreting
Dublin City University, Ireland

12-15 American Literary Translators Association (ALTA)
2014 Conference
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

21-23 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
Annual Convention and World Languages Expo
San Antonio, Texas

27-28 International Assn for Advancement in Language Technology (ASLING)
Translating and the Computer Conference
London, UK

29-30 Organización Mexicana de Traductores, A.C.
XVIII Congreso Internacional de Traducción e Interpretación San Jerónimo 2014
Guadalajara, Mexico

About Daniela Guanipa (@daguarez)

Linguist inhabiting the worlds of life sciences & marketing. Mom of two girls, natural food ❤️, choral singer, and kickboxing trainee. Owner at @GlossaInc

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