Goodbye 2017...

Another year has passed and now that we've had a chance to pause...step back, and take a breather...time to look forward and onwards to the year that is before us.  2018 is here and we've all burned into our mind that it's an 8, not a 7 that follows the 1 when we date our checks! 2-0-1-8
Calling all Members!!!

ATA59 might seem far away but it's all the work that is done today that makes everything come together in the fall.

Don't be left out of the loop.  If you have something to say, come forward and make a proposal.

If you'd rather not, then don't say that opportunity never just choose to turn the other way when it walks down the street :P
The ATA59 proposal form is now online
Click Above...come on, it's easy

CLD Dinner in DC ​​

Thanks to all who joined us for some Malaysian cuisine. Send us some pics of the evening and we'll share them on the site :)

Lessons Learned from Grading ATA Practice Tests​​

Ran Zhao, CT | Jessie Lu, CT

Friday, October 27, 2017 2:00pm-3:00pm; All Levels; Presented in: English and Chinese) 

Dr. Jessie is an ATA certified translator (English into Chinese) originally from China with primary interests in scientific and technological translations. He was a co-founder and former language chair of ATA English into Chinese certification program. He worked as a senior engineer and scientist for several U.S. government agencies before becoming a full-time freelance translator. He holds BS, MS and Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences.
The speakers will provide a thorough error analysis based on their experience grading English>Chinese practice tests over the past few years. This session is designed to provide exam candidates with a better understanding of typical translation mistakes and how different categories of mistakes are graded. A list of best practices for taking the exam will also be proposed. 
Dr. Ran Zhao is an ATA certified translator from English into Chinese. She works as Assistant Professor and Director of the Chinese Language Program at University of Virginia. She currently serves as Language Chair of ATA English-into-Chinese certification program with primary interest in literary translation. She holds a Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition from Carnegie Mellon University. Her dissertation is a comparative analysis of the process of translating an expository text from English to Chinese by expert and student translators.

Tighten It Up: How to Tame a Loose Text​​

Evelyn Garland, CT 

Friday, October 27, 2017 3:30pm-4:30pm; All Levels; Presented in: English and Chinese) 

Evelyn Yang Garland is the principal at Acta Chinese Language Services, LLC, a firm that has translated presidential writings and specializes in Chinese<>English translation of nuanced text. She is an ATA-certified translator, court-certified interpreter, and contract translator and conference interpreter for the U.S. Department of State. She has been a member of ATA since 2008 and was elected to serve as a Director in 2013 and 2016 (three-year term). 
“Break it up” is possibly the most common advice you hear about translating into Chinese. When translating Chinese into English, if you don’t “tighten it up,” you risk sounding like a rambler. However, when you’re dealing with a source language (Chinese) that’s grammatically loose and highly context-dependent, tightening up the text isn’t easy and goes far beyond eliminating excessive words. The speaker will explore additional ways to bring vim and vigor to your translation. 
CLD Newsletter
Chinese Language Division (CLD) is comprised of ATA members who translate or interpret in the Chinese language.

CLD publishes a semi-annual newsletter containing updated information about the division as well as articles of interest contributed by members. 

Members are encouraged to share their ideas and to submit articles.  Suggestions about content and topics of interest are welcome. 
Summer 2018 Newsletter
Previous Newsletters

2016 San Francisco CLD dinner and CLD Annual Meeting

  1. CLD Meeting
  2. Our Very Own CLD Mount Rushmore...
  3. CLD Group Photo
  4. Night-time SF patio
  5. CLD Dinner at The Ramen Bar
  6. CLD Dinner at The Ramen Bar
  7. CLD Group Photo

2017 Washington DC CLD dinner and freebie get-together

  1. CLD at the Welcome Party
  2. CLD Dinner - Banana Leaves
  3. CLD crashes a party
  4. CLD's new spokesperson
  5. Some serious talks
  6. CLD button