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Translation of Official Documents

November 2, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

About the workshop:

This workshop will help you understand the process of translating official documents, what questions to ask your clients (and yourself), and how to deliver the translation.

The morning session will cover the process of translation, apostilles and notarization, types of official documents and their examples, analysis of original text, questions to ask before starting the job, research, untranslatability and what to do about it, client requests, proofing and editing, and client education. This session will be offered in English and will be language-neutral.

The afternoon session will consist of the hands-on practice translating official documents from Spanish into English and from English into Spanish. Participants will get feedback from the instructor and a chance to discuss the translation challenges in a group setting.

You can sign up for either or both of the sessions.

Workshop participants can get Continuing Education credits from the following organizations:

  • CCHI (3 for each session or 6 in total)
  • ATA (3 for each session or 6 in total),
  • and JBCC (3 for each session or 6 in total, non-ethics credit hours).


Workshop schedule:

AM session 9:00 am -12:15 pm — Language-neutral

Lunch (not provided by the organizer) 12:15 – 1:15 pm

PM session 1:15 pm – 4:30 – Spanish into English and English into Spanish practice.


See the registration information for details on pricing. Student discounts are available; please reach out to development@hitagroup.org

About the instructor:

  1. Eta Trabing has been a freelance English-Spanish-Portuguese translator since 1957, starting in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She received her Cambridge University Overseas Certificate there at Northlands School. She retired from interpreting in the federal, state and county courts principally in Texas and North and South Carolina in 2002; she is a federal (since 1980) and state (since 1995) certified court interpreter in Spanish. She was on the Boards of CATI (NC) and HITA, has covered almost all other Board positions and has just bowed out of the Presidency again. Over the decades, she has given many presentations as a guest speaker for ATA and other associations in the U.S. and abroad. She now lives in Houston, Texas, again, after a lovely three years in Ocala, Florida.

In the last 30 years, Eta also was a conference interpreter and has traveled extensively throughout the Americas, in Europe and Australia. She has published 25 books on translation and interpretation, bilingual glossaries and dictionaries, through her company Berkana Language LLC. She is an approved provider for continuing education credits for both the Office of Court Administration (JBCC – OCA) in Texas, the American Translators Association (ATA), and has been approved on a class by class basis by NAJIT for credits in the past.


November 2, 2019
9:00 am - 4:30 pm




Norris Conference Center – Westchase
9990 Richmond Avenue
Houston, Texas 77042 United States
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(713) 780-9300