ATISDA Blog (Association of Translators and Interpreters in the San Diego Area)


Happy International Translation Day 2015!


If you didn’t attend ATISDA’s International Translation Day celebrations last year, you don’t know what you’re missing (Hint: free food and lots of fun!).

International Translation Day is celebrated today, September 30th, which is the feast of Saint Jerome. Who was St. Jerome? He is best known as the translator of the Bible into Latin and is considered the patron Saint of translators.

ATISDA will wait until Saturday, October 3rd, to celebrate this special day and its members, who are responsible for “bridging languages and cultures, one translation at a time.” We will get together to enjoy a delicious breakfast and have an exclusive viewing of  “Maletas Migrantes” at the New Americans Museum in Liberty Station. But, wait! That’s not all! Jenae Spry will give a presentation to introduce a series of workshops she will be presenting for ATISDA during the year 2016. Thanks to Jenae we will learn how to take advantage of those tools changing the face of our profession to be more productive and achieve a much better work-life balance. If you are planning on attending the ATISDA “International Translation Day Celebration 2015,” please confirm your attendance to Yolanda Secos at by Thursday, October 1st, 2015. Don’t procrastinate! Space is very limited for this event! More details about the event here. We hope to see all of you on October 3rd!

Now, for those translators and interpreters wondering how we managed to get our very own special day, here’s a little history: The France-based International Federation of Translators (FIT) has actually been promoting celebrations of our profession for more than 60 years and, in 1991, proposed an officially recognized International Translation Day to demonstrate unity of the translation and interpreting community around the world. This year’s theme is: “The Changing Face of Translation and Interpreting.” We have come a very long way from using pen and paper to taking advantage of the latest technology available to deliver the best final product.

If you’re still interested in learning more about how different people celebrate this special occasion, click on the links below


Blog Anniversary & Giveaway


To celebrate our blog’s one-year anniversary, we are giving away a one-year ATISDA membership. ATISDA VP, Yolanda Secos, has all the details in a special message to our readers:

It’s been a year since the very first entry of this blog was posted!  If you go back and read it, you will see that our main blogger, Daire Coco, had invited other ATISDA members to help keep this social media endeavor going by joining her from time to time as guest bloggers. I am delighted to say that many of you took us up on this offer and it is with great pleasure that I thank the following ATISDA members for their contributions to this blog: Juliana Velati, Jenae Spry, Leo van Zanten, Rafa Lombardino, Mylene Green, and Ursula Carver.

We would not keep working on this blog without you, our devoted members and readers. To thank all of you for your ongoing support, we are hosting a one-year membership giveaway. If you are not an ATISDA member yet, you’re invited to enter to win one FREE ATISDA membership. If you are already one of our amazing members, you’re invited to enter to win one FREE ATISDA membership RENEWAL. Here’s what you need to do:

  • If you already “like” the ATISDA Facebook page, thank you! All you have to do is go to the comment section of this blog and type: “I like ATISDA.”
  • If you haven’t “liked” the ATISDA Facebook page yet, first go to this page to give us a “like” and then come back to this blog post to write “I like ATISDA.”

You have until midnight on Tuesday, September 8, to enter this giveaway. Only those who 1) “like” the ATISDA Facebook page AND 2) type “I like ATISDA” in the comment section of this blog post, will be entered to win.

One person from all eligible  entrants will be randomly chosen next week. The winner will be contacted by email and their name will be announced in the comment section of this blog and on the ATISDA Facebook page.

Good luck!