About Helen Eby

Helen Eby grew up in Argentina, the land of the gauchos. She is certified as an English Spanish translator by ATA and as a Spanish interpreter by the Oregon Judicial Department and by the Oregon Health Authority. She co-founded The Savvy Newcomer and the ¡Al rescate del español! blogs, both of which are team efforts to provide resources for other language professionals. She is also a founding board member of the Spanish Editors Association.

Black Lives Matter. It is personal.

This is a guest post by my daughter, Cynthia Sleight. I had been thinking of the current protests, and the people my children were friends with as children. She emailed me this text, and I decided to post it. We care about the living. This is about my children's friends. I also have Black friends. [...]

By |2020-06-07T20:46:00-07:00June 7th, 2020|Advocacy, Helen Eby|

Language Access: Essential for a United Community

I gave this presentation to the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce on June 5, 2020, in the context of the civil rights protests. In that presentation, I put language access, which includes translation and interpreting, in the context of civil rights. See this blog post for a history of language access on the West Coast. This [...]

By |2020-06-05T15:42:20-07:00June 5th, 2020|Advocacy, Interpreting, Translation, Translation Standards|

A language access timeline for interpreting on the West Coast

Interpreting is a professional field. What was once done by whoever was bilingual now has an established certification process. There are less and less reasons to work with unvetted providers. This timeline tells the story on the West Coast, where I live. I am from Oregon, where I am certified as a healthcare interpreter and [...]

By |2020-05-18T12:39:24-07:00May 17th, 2020|Advocacy, Certification, Interpreting, Translation|

Volunteering in professional associations

I am running for office in NAJIT, the National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators. The elections page has the details. Why? I believe in professional associations. They are our point of reference, where stakeholders and professionals come together to answer questions about the profession. They represent the profession, and answer questions about standards, continuing [...]

By |2020-04-25T18:45:27-07:00April 25th, 2020|Helen Eby, Updates|

We are in this together: Gaucha COVID-19 discounts

As a partner in language access, Gaucha Translations has seen how the community is stretched in all directions. The lack of parking fees are stretching budgets for cities, the lack of ability to provide routine medical services is stretching the budgets of medical providers. During the COVID-19 crisis, Gaucha Translations is providing discounts on all [...]

By |2020-04-14T12:29:12-07:00April 14th, 2020|Freelancing, Updates|

Steps for language proficiency testing

Why would an interpreter or translator take language proficiency testing? Though these are not exactly translation tests, we can't interpret or translate what we do not understand or what we can't express accurately. These tests do not include the step of transferring meaning. However, they do cover issues of syntax, clear writing, and understanding the [...]

Making my own PPE masks

The CDC updated its guidance and has recommended that people make DIY cloth face coverings. This is the CDC guidance for cloth face coverings. These are the CDC instructions for making a simple face covering. On April 1, the NY Times had published instructions with a downloadable PDF on how to sew a face mask. [...]

By |2020-04-04T10:20:13-07:00April 4th, 2020|Updates|

Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) supplies

150 face masks 100 face shields Face masks, gloves, sanitizer, in bulk Face masks, gloves, sanitizer, in small amounts Personal protection equipment (PPE) for staying healthy through COVID-19 distancing. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) gave members of the Oregon Council for Health Care Interpreters these sources on April 1, 2020 Statement from the Joint Commission [...]

By |2020-04-02T21:18:05-07:00April 1st, 2020|Updates|

OHA COVID-19 update from April 1, 2020 public meeting

Today, April 1, 2020, I, Helen Eby, participated in a call with the Oregon Health Authority and community members regarding the current public health situation in Oregon. OHA shared some documents with members of the public for distribution. OHP and the novel coronavirus OHP y el nuevo coronavirus They invited people to support public health [...]

By |2020-04-01T15:46:07-07:00April 1st, 2020|Updates|