About Helen Eby 2017-10-14T10:18:18+00:00

About Helen Eby

Helen Eby

Helen Eby

I am an ATA-certified translator (Spanish > English) and a certified DSHS Translator (English > Spanish) by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. I am also a Spanish state-certified (Oregon) court interpreter and a medical interpreter certified by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) as well as the Oregon Health Authority.

One of my major interests is guiding translators and interpreters who are just entering the profession. This commitment to helping newcomers prompted me to co-found The Savvy Newcomer, a blog that is now recognized as a go-to resource for launching a career in translation and interpreting.

My background as an English and Spanish teacher also led to my involvement with ¡Al rescate del español!, a team effort to produce a layman’s guide to good Spanish writing skills for the United States, as well as my participation in the ASTM work group for translation standards and the Oregon Council on Health Care Interpreters.

I have been an independent translator and interpreter since 1985. My goal is to help you communicate clearly with your target audience and present a professional image in either Spanish or English. Please refer to these role definitions for interpreters, translators, translator-transcribers, and terminologists. They have been endorsed by several highly recognized professional associations.

To hear an interview aired on NPR that expresses my views on the issues in interpreting, click here.

To learn more about me, read my profile in Translation Journal.

Click here to see a comparison of interpreting certifications in the United States.

I have also written a comparison of translation certifications available in the Northwest.

Why “gaucha”?

In Spanish, a “gaucho” is a cowboy. However, in modern Argentine usage it is more than that. You do a “gauchada” (a favor) to a friend, expecting nothing in return. When you solve a problem creatively, you may be told “¡qué gaucho!” (What a “gaucho”!). Since I am a woman, I am a “gaucha”.

Gaucha: creative problem solver, willing to go the extra mile.


Click to read more about Helen’s experience in Spanish translation.