These  links  provide additional, detailed information that we have found useful.  Click on any of the blue links to take you to the suggested website:

  • CERTIFICATION FOR INTERPRETERS OR TRANSLATORS :  There are professional organizations which offer tests for certification.  One is a North Carolina association:  Carolina Association of Translators and Interpreters and another is a nationwide organization:  American Translators Association.  Both sites will give more information about how to prepare and apply to take the tests. 
  • North Carolina Court Interpreters Info. - Gives information about what it takes to become a court certified interpreter in this State.
  • North Carolina Minority Health /AHEC -  training and certification for medical interpreters - three levels of training offered.
  • Federal Regulations regarding Interpreters in Health Care Settings - Gives a detailed overview of the Federal rulings regarding use of interpreters for people with Limited English Proficiency population at medical appointments. Basically?  Interpreters are mandated, but... there are loopholes....                     1) Where a significant number or proportion of the population eligible to be served or likely to be directly affected by a federally assisted program (e.g., affected by relocation) needs service or information in a language other than English in order effectively to be informed of or to participate in the program, the recipient shall take reasonable steps, considering the scope of the program and the size and concentration of such population, to provide information in appropriate languages to such persons
  • Why computer-based translation is dangerous! - Try it! Click this link, and at the site, type in: "I don't know if she had a chance to look that over yesterday." - translate it to whatever language you like, then cut and paste the response into the first box so you can translate that back to English. The text may surprise you!  The back-translation from German to English comes out: "I do not know if it's a chance that more than yesterday had to see."  Not quite the message you wanted to convey.
  • English (?) in Advertising - When used for marketing in Japan, English can take on a WHOLE new meaning - see for yourself and enjoy!
  • National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquistion - Great information about language, research and legal issues for LEP (Limited English Proficiency) students
  • TOEFL Information - Schedules, forms, sample questions, writing topics and tutorials for taking the TOEFL. Also includes the Test of Spoken English.
  • Immigration Info - The official website for the US Immigration office.
  • NORTH CAROLINA AREA INTERPRETER TRAINING PROGRAMS:  For those wishing to learn the skills of interpreting, several programs are available in North Carolina.  At the University level, degrees are available through Wake Forest University in Winston Salem.   Other programs can be found at Guilford Technical Community College (Spring 2016), Forsyth Community College, Davidson Community College in Lexington as well as at Durham Technical Community College. And at Alamance Community College there is an offering for a Spanish Interpreting Certificate course with two tracks - one for native speakers of Spanish, and one for native speakers of English. For more information on the Alamance Community College certificate call 336 506-4200.
  • The Carolina Association of Translators and Interpreters has a list of NC Interpreter training programs in PDF format.

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