Registration for Cyril Flerov’s Workshop – Morning of the TAALS 2016 General Assembly

In the framework of the TAALS General Assembly, TAALS will be hosting a workshop on the Voice of the Interpreter, presented in English by Cyril Flerov.


The seminar will take place on Saturday, December 3 from 9 am to 12 pm at AFSA, 2101 E St NW, Washington, DC 20037.


This workshop, sponsored by the American Association of Language Specialists (TAALS), will be presented in English and is not language specific. It will cover the basics of voice work as needed by conference interpreters.  Richly illustrated with audio example, it will present various techniques to develop professional voice quality, common issues interpreters have with voice, and ways to resolve them using computer software work on voice, and voice care.


If you are interested in the seminar, please use the link below to register:



Cyril Flerov’s Seminars on Simultaneous Interpretation in Moscow, Tbilisi and Baku in September 2016

We are glad to announce three one day seminars in Moscow, Russia (September 12, Monday), Tbilisi, (September 17, Saturday), and Baku, Azerbaijan (September 19, Monday) run by a conference interpreter and interpretation trainer Cyril Flerov, AIIC, TAALS.

Please use the following link for more information:

MIIS Chinese T&I Graduates Interpret at Inauguration of Taiwan’s First Female President

MIIS Chinese T&I Graduates Interpret at Inauguration of Taiwan’s First Female President
Tsai Ing-Wen, Taiwan’s first female president who was sworn in on May 20, 2016
Cindy Tao (MACI ’12) interprets between President Tsai (right) and U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce Marcus Jadotte (left). Cindy became a staff interpreter with Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2015.  
Pear Lin (MATI ’95) interprets between President Tsai (right) and Nauru President Baron Waqa (left). Pearl joined Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a staff interpreter in the late 1990s and has since served four presidents of Taiwan.
Teresa Wang (MAT ’10) is appointed as Honorary Chief Aide-de-Camp to President Hilda Heine (left) of the Marshall Islands during her official visit to Taiwan for President Tsai’s inauguration ceremony. 

MIIS interpreters at Clean Energy Ministerial and Mission Innovation Meeting in SF

Hello everyone,

An all MIIS team of interpreters just finished the Clean Energy Ministerial and Mission Innovation Meeting in San Francisco. Professors Laura Burian and Barry Olsen were interpretation team leaders for this event.

There was interpretation between English and Chinese, French, Korean, Japanese and Spanish. All interpreters either are faculty or graduates of MIIS, or both.

WE have attached a group photo taken at the conclusion of the event.

Here are a couple of links with more info:

The interpreters (from left to right) are:
Barry Slaughter Olsen, Christiane Abel, Koko Peters, Yoko Yamamoto, Laura Burian, Stephanie Cooper, Miryoung Sohn, Leire Carbonell Aguero, Sieun Lee, and Chuanyun Bao.

Localization Practicum Presentations 2016

We just finished another semester of Localization Practicum, a course in which second-year students create small agencies and localize content for a non-profit partner. Below you will find the final presentations in which the student teams present what they accomplished for their clients.

Week 1 (May 11)

  • 00:00 – Transtentico – NCOSE
  • 00:16 – CAT King – Mifan Mama
  • 00:32 – Team:D – Give2Asia / Sino Atlas
  • 00:57 – MundoLoc – Loaves, Fishes & Computers
  • 01:20 – TranXend – Hearst Castle / Tyler Robinson Foundation

Week 2 (May 18)

  • 00:00 – TransForce – Global Heritage Fund
  • 00:20 – CSA Studio – Butterfly Children’s Hospice
  • 00:36 – Loclingua – IGDA
  • 00:52 – LocU – API Equality – Northern California
  • 01:10 – LocMania – Computer History Museum

MIIS Graduates at the Paris Climate Summit

The French translation of Bill Gates’ paper on his Initiative on Energy Innovation, which was presented Monday in Paris by Gates and President Obama, was translated into French by our graduates Pascale Ledeur-Kraus and Julien Brasseur. Bill Weber did the editing and proofreading. Then, Bill Gates’ office turned to our other graduate, Maureen Sweeney, a principal at Tiller Language Services in Seattle, to have the French translation done.
You might say, that MIIS, once again, shared the world stage.


2015 Fall Forum

This Friday November 20th at noon, join us in the Irvine Auditorium for the 2015 Fall Forum, hosted by the GSTILE Interpretation Practicum.

The theme this year is Conservation. Six panels will be held across campus on a variety of different sub-topics including cultural conservation, conservation and  neocolonialism, and the role of technology in conservation efforts.

Speakers from the MIIS community and beyond will be consecutively interpreted from Chinese, Korean, French, Spanish, German, Japanese and Russian into English by second year interpretation students.

These panels will be followed by a reception at the Samson Center where light snacks and drinks will be served.​

Come and support our second year student interpreters! Check out the Facebook event page too!