CTA Celebrates International Translation Day

By Marion Rhodes
CTA Social Media Coordinator

On September 30, translators all over the world commemorated International Translation Day. This year, the Colorado Interpreters & Translators Association organized Happy Hour events in five different locations across Colorado to allow its members far and wide to join in the fun.

Colorado Springs

CTA had been talking about organizing a get-together in Colorado Springs for a while. We don’t have many local CTA members, but it turns out there are quite a few translators in our town. Therefore, we invited local ATA members and a few other linguists to join us for a meeting at Rico’s Café and Wine Bar in downtown Colorado Springs, and ended up with a mixed group of seven people. We sat outside on the patio, surrounded by murals of Italian building fronts, green plants and a burbling little waterfall, and got to know each other better. We even met a few new faces and were happy to show them firsthand the wonderful benefits of being a member of the Colorado Interpreters & Translators Association.
– Marion Rhodes

Photo by Liliana Endicott
Colorado Springs translators met at Rico’s Café and Wine Bar. – Photo by Liliana Endicott

Fort Collins

What a great idea to have several Happy Hours going on in different places for International Translation Day! We gathered a little group of seven and met up at Café Vino in Fort Collins, which turned out to be a perfect location with its European café feel. Happy Hours are always a great chance to get together, catch up with our translator friends and make new ones. I feel that people especially liked the fact that a CTA-event was taking place in their own area. The concept of having simultaneous events in various locations makes it so much easier for translators to participate and I would love to have these more often. The evening was filled with anecdotes, laughter, nice food and drink and the resolution to get together soon again.
– Nadine Dirksen

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In Fort Collins, translators gathered at Café Vino. – Photo by Nadine Dirksen


We had a wonderful evening at Maggiano’s in the Denver Tech Center. There were seven of us, and we networked over wine and Italian food. We were able to enjoy the company of three new members! Discussion ran the gamut from where to get a good professional headshot, to passing the ATA exam, to the ATA conference in November. Several of us even learned something new! It was a great networking night!
– Rachel Sinn

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In Denver, translators met at Maggiano’s Italian Restaurant. – Photo by Thais Lips

Grand Junction

The Western Slope gang gathered at Bin 707 Food Bar in downtown Grand Junction. For a Tuesday
evening, the restaurant was buzzing, and no wonder, they serve excellent food in a lively atmosphere.
Representatives from the local legal and medical communities joined CTA members. Colorado Mesa University was a common thread; two CTA members are adjunct instructors in the Spanish Language
Department. Discussion included the Colorado Association of Professional Interpreters (CAPI) Annual
Conference, which was held at CMU on October 3-4, and which brought several distinguished names from the interpreting industry to the Grand Valley. We will certainly be getting together more frequently throughout the year!
– Sharon Heller

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Translators on the Western Slope met at Bin 707 Food Bar in Grand Junction. – Photo by Sharon Heller


The international atmosphere of the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse was the perfect location for a Happy Hour celebrating International Translation Day last Tuesday. In Tajikistan, where this elaborately decorated building originates, tea houses serve as a gathering place where friends meet to talk or play chess. We were a small group of five linguists, and over a cup of ginger tea, hot chai, and a glass of Chardonnay, conversations ranged from the ethics of courtroom interpreting to traveling on a cruise ship through the Panama Canal. Even the yummy appetizers – Indian Samosas, Pita with Hummus, and Spanish Shrimp Tapas – contributed to an international spirit and a great evening of catching up and networking.
– Mery Molenaar

Photo by Cris Silva
In Boulder, CTA members got together at Dushanbe Teahouse. – Photo by Cris Silva

From these reports, it sounds like our members across Colorado had a great time! Remember that it doesn’t take International Translation Day to get together – any member of the Colorado Interpreters & Translators Association is welcome to organize a Happy Hour event at any time throughout the year. Simply send an email to gro.bew-atc@rotanidroocaidem, and we will announce it for you using our various channels.