Gaucha Thanksgiving update

This is an overview of things I care about. It covers government contracting, life, employment status, and how to prepare to have a professional profile. All of this is connected... Happy reading! Employment classification In California and New Jersey there is a lot of discussion about employment classification and its ramifications. This is a complex [...]

By |2020-03-10T14:19:42-07:00November 26th, 2019|Certification, Helen Eby, Translation|

A time for mourning and reflection

My mother in law, Hazel Eby, passed away on October 19. This week I am not at the ATA conference, as previously scheduled. I am home, in preparation for family gathering, going through her belongings to see what untold stories she left behind, how we understood each other in ways that I didn’t know. My [...]

By |2019-10-24T07:17:39-07:00October 24th, 2019|Helen Eby|

My Argentine Heritage

Argentine gaucho on horseback. Argentina and the United States had similar independence processes. The United States kicked it off with the Boston Tea Party on December 16, 1773, and later formally declared its independence on July 4, 1776. Argentina started the process with a week-long series of community discussions the week of May [...]

By |2018-07-09T16:25:04-07:00July 9th, 2018|Helen Eby|

Celebrating my US heritage on the 4th of July

United States Declaration of Independence. Image from US Library of Congress My maiden name is Helen Slack. James Slack is a direct ancestor of my paternal grandfather. He helped George Washington cross the Delaware River and win the Battle of Trenton on Christmas Eve of 1776. He was the operator of the Johnson Ferry House, and [...]

By |2018-07-05T13:22:53-07:00July 4th, 2018|Helen Eby|

Books! Updated catalog for 2017

This was the second year I spoke at the Congreso San Jerónimo, hosted by the Feria Internacional del Libro (International Book Fair) in Guadalajara. My session was well received and I enjoyed developing relationships with colleagues and potential clients. This is also a Book Fair. The second largest in the world. Guadalajara pulls all the [...]

By |2017-12-08T19:31:36-08:00December 9th, 2017|Helen Eby, Language|


Who is Helen Eby, at Gaucha Translations? I am a translator and an interpreter. I cover a lot of territory, but I have background in a lot of areas. These are my specialties. Bio I am a member of the ¡Al rescate del español! , a team writing a blog on how to improve Spanish [...]

By |2017-12-06T19:03:34-08:00April 12th, 2017|Helen Eby|

Travels with Helen

Today’s post is guest written by my husband, David. He has watched me in action over the years, and this is the story of some things he has learned. In 25 years of marriage to Helen, I’ve learned a lot about my unconscious biases. I was raised on an entirely family-run farm in Oregon. When my [...]

By |2017-10-14T16:27:45-07:00June 15th, 2016|Advocacy, Helen Eby|

Media interpreting for Dr. Menchú

On April 16 three OSTI interpreters interpreted for Dr. Rigoberta Menchu at Portland Public Schools. What was so cool about this? I had been in Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador back in 1987, one year after the Civil War officially ended in Guatemala. I remembered the trucks running around with military weapons in “democratic” El [...]

By |2019-02-03T17:20:34-08:00April 17th, 2015|Helen Eby, Interpreting, Interpreting Standards|

Humor in interpreting, translation and life

Check out this video, “Qué difícil es hablar el español” with English subtitles. 5000 words… the frustrations of unreasonable deadlines for translators. Es preferible reír que llorar. You just have to take life with a grain of salt! Catherine Tate, the 7-language interpreter…

By |2017-10-14T16:30:39-07:00October 30th, 2014|Helen Eby|