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.

Oregon Healthcare Interpreting legislation update

In the Oregon 2021 legislative session, the following bill was the only one  regarding healthcare interpreters that passed. HB 2359 updates the requirements for healthcare interpreters. According to the Measure History, it passed the House on June 17 and the Senate on June 22 with bipartisan support, and the Governor signed it into law on [...]

By |2021-07-16T17:24:28-07:00June 30th, 2021|Advocacy, Interpreting|

What Oregon contributed to healthcare interpreting during the pandemic

During 2020 it was my privilege to be a member of the Oregon Council for Healthcare Interpreters. During 2020, the Council did not sit still. We worked on a variety of projects to support language access. In early March, we supported OHA as they drafted a guide for infection control guidance for in-person interpreters and [...]

By |2021-04-05T21:57:59-07:00April 2nd, 2021|Interpreting, Interpreting Standards|

Celebrate Read Across America Day… by Reading!

At my children's school there was a special time every day called DEAR time: Drop Everything And Read Everyone, from the child in kindergarten to the headmaster would stop what they were doing and grab a book. They did this every day for half an  hour. Today, March 2, is Read Across America Day, and [...]

By |2021-03-02T09:14:33-08:00March 2nd, 2021|Helen Eby, Reading|

How to advocate for a law. I support HB 2359

Update on July 18, 2021: The Governor signed this bill on July 14, 2021. Please check the measure history on this page. Thank you for your support.  Advocacy 101 for Interpreters and Translators Presentation written for NAJIT interpreters in preparation for advocacy at Capitol Hill in 2017 This presentation includes some guidelines on how to [...]

By |2021-07-18T10:45:11-07:00February 27th, 2021|Advocacy, Interpreting|

Register for January 2021 Translation course!

We are super excited to kick off our newly redesigned Advanced EN<>ES Translation Skills course on January 7th, 20201! Whether you are interested in a bootcamp to hone your translation skills or you are preparing to take a certification exam in translation, this course will help you improve your translation skills and become a better [...]

By |2020-12-08T17:09:00-08:00December 8th, 2020|Translation, Updates|

Navigating Zoom sessions

Today we spend a lot of time on Zoom. We are there for networking and continuing ed, and to spend time with family and friends. Since March, it is one of the most common ways to connect. I have seen Zoom moderators give instructions on how to find the buttons for different things, but there [...]

By |2020-12-05T22:04:55-08:00December 4th, 2020|Conferences, Technology|

Health literacy resources

I had enjoyed the Legacy Health Oregon & SW Washington Health Literacy Conference, which served the Pacific Northwest for almost a decade. Unfortunately, the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 led them to cancel the 2020 conference and retire the conference in general. They have provided these resources for health literacy for those interested in this topic: Colorado [...]

By |2020-10-14T12:41:21-07:00October 14th, 2020|Language, Writing|

Students love our translation course!

After the January to May 2020 Translation Course, we asked our students to fill out a course evaluation. The results were impressive! On most questions, we got almost a full five stars. Three questions had a full five stars from everyone: The instructors were knowledgeable. The instructors demonstrated excitement and enthusiasm. The homework was useful. [...]

By |2020-09-05T22:50:47-07:00September 8th, 2020|courses, Translation, Writing|

Conferences, translation, editing and interpreting in the pandemic

2020 conferences You will find me, Helen Eby, at conferences. My speaking schedule is posted on the Calendar tab on my website. I will be speaking at the Oregon Society of Translators and Interpreters (OSTI) and the Midwest Association of Translators and Interpreters (MATI) conferences as well as carrying out my duties at the ATA [...]

By |2020-09-04T09:25:23-07:00September 4th, 2020|Conferences, Helen Eby, Presentations, Updates|

Spanish writing and translation courses for 2020-2021

Spanish writing mini-session starts on September 17 This is a five-session course. It starts on September 17, and those who plan to take the translation course in January will benefit from taking this course first. The translation course is now ten sessions so it is possible for participants to take both courses, since those who [...]

By |2020-09-04T09:26:59-07:00September 4th, 2020|courses, Updates, Writing|
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