is a scam

Nobody should buy a ticket from them.

I paid $1400 and purchased a round trip ticket between Los Angeles and Istanbul, Turkey.

Then my business partner wanted me to stay 5 more days.   I called and asked them to change my plan.

They said I have to pay $75 as penalty to and $135 to the airplane.  And the flight difference was $1200, so I needed to pay $!410, which was more than buying a new ticket.

It took me an hour because they put me on hold for 20 minutes two times.

I called Turkish airline and they confirmed that a flight was available for the same price, but since I purchased it through an agency, I need to go through them.

So I went back to   Now the girl said I needed to pay $310 because she needed to reserve a new flight and the fare difference was $100.

I said I will think about and return the next day.

The next day, a guy answered and did exactly the same thing as the first person.  He put me on hold for 20 minutes and told me the flight difference was $1200.

When I said I was told to pay $310 for changing the schedule, the guy said flight schedule changes every day and now it was $1200 more.  I had just checked online that it was actually $1385.88.

This is a very unethical company that tries to make money by telling lies.   Everytime I call they say different stories.

Medical interpreter as promising job for 2015

“Obama Care requires “free medical interpreter”, so the demand for medical interpreter will increase rapidly, “ says Jenny Park (Certified Court/Medical Interpreter) of   LA Translation and Interpretation Inc. says.

Obama care will provide opportunities for the low income families who could not afford health insurance before, and small businesses will be required to provide health insurance for employees, so the number of non-English speaking patients getting insurance will rapidly increase.  Patient Care and Affordable Care Act which passed in March, 2013  has $940-billion budget allocated to it, and about 44-million more people will have insurances from 2014, and a half of them will be immigrants requiring medical interpreters.  And many states passed laws to require having medical interpreters in all the hospitals, mental institutions and emergency wards.

“If you are bilingual, you can have a dream job by acquiring a certified medical interpreter license. “  You can make $50-$100 an hour while helping non-English speaking immigrants.  You can  be employed full time at a big hospital, and can also work as a free lancer.

Currently, the way to become a medical certified interpreter is to be “nationally certified” through a national accreditation organization.  “The State of California used to have a certification test for medical interpreters, but no more, and from 2010 there has been national certification tests,” explains Dr. Park.

You need to submit a Certificate of 40-hour Training in Medical Interpreting to take the test.

“LA Translation and Interpretation , Inc. has produced numerous court interpreters, is approved by the state government and approved to enroll foreign students by the federal government, and is registered to provide a Certificate of  40-hour training in medical interpreting.”

After acquiring the Certificate, a student has to take the written and oral test. If you pass the test, you have a nationally certified medical interpreter license.   Then you will be re-certified every 5 years

“Our next class starts on September 28, at 9am.” For further information, call  213-385-7781 or visit ,


Clever Business You Could Start This Fall

Maybe 2011 is the year you’d like to start your own business — but you’re not quite sure yet what it will be. Here are seven hot areas for small businesses that you may not have thought of. The good news for each is there’s lots of room for growth, and you could be prepared to jump in by spring.

Medical interpreters

As the number of non-English speakers in the United States who are seeking health care continues to grow, so does the need for medical interpreters who can serve as a liaison between these patients and their doctors.

Medical interpreters have been in short supply, and the demand for them is expected to increase even more, because standards that went into effect Jan. 1 require health care organizations to provide an interpreter for patients who speak limited English.

Even before the new standards were introduced, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted jobs for interpreters and translators would grow by 22 percent over the next decade, faster than for all other occupations.

A nationwide survey of 4,700 doctors, conducted by the nonprofit Center for Studying Health System Change, found that only 55.8 percent of practices with non-English speaking patients provide interpreting services, and 40 percent offer patient-education materials in languages other than English.

Medicaid currently reimburses medical providers for the services of an interpreter. Depending on the state, medical interpreters can make $25 to $50 an hour. In the private sector, they can command upwards of $100 an hour. In Los Angeles, certified medical interpreters make between $80-150 an hour, depending on language.

“In a hospital, when there is a language barrier between the patient and the medical professional it slows everything down. Trained medical interpreters bring more efficiency to the overall operation,” Jenny, president of LA Institute of Translation that provides medical interpreting says. “Without interpreters present, mistakes can happen and they can be costly and tragic.”

In order to be effective, medical interpreters must not only be fluent in a second language but know a great deal of medical terminology, have good memory recall, understand ethics and cultural sensitivities, and be accurate and precise in interpreting and translating medical information. They also must not omit or filter information exchanged between a doctor and a patient.

LA Institute of Translation and Interpretation  offers Certificate of 40-hour medical interpreter program as well as One Year court interpreting course and a 2-year MA in Translation and Interpretation in Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Arabic and Armenian.

How to become a court certified interpreter in California

Step 1: Researching Chinese or other foreign language Certified Court Interpreter’s Career Duties and Education

Certified Court Interpreters are essential to Civil and Criminal court proceedings involving non-English speakers in California. They work in courtroom trials, attorney-client meetings, preliminary hearings, depositions and arraignments. They must be familiar with legal terminology in both languages as well as skills in consecutive, sight and simultaneous interpreting.

Step 2: Obtain a Degree to Become a Chinese or other foreign language Certified Court Interpreter

A Certified Court Interpreter does not need a specific degree.  It’s important that prospective Court Interpreters take courses in the law and the judicial system. These courses should provide familiarity with criminal proceedings and interpreter’s code of ethics

Step 3: Become a Fluent Chinese or other foreign language Translator

To be a Certified Court Interpreter, one must be fluent in one or more foreign languages and capable of simultaneous translation. This can be achieved through interpreter programs such as the one year certificate program in LA Institute of Translation and Interpretation.

Step 4: Prepare to Become a Certified Court Interpreter

Becoming a Chinese or other foreign language Certified Court Interpreter requires some years of experience, which can often be gained by working for a translation company such as LA Institute of Translation and Interpretation. Because Court Interpreter positions are scarce, many Court Interpreters take internships or do volunteer work for community organizations. It is a good idea to become a medical certified interpreter which is an easier job than court and acquire experience to become court certified.

Step 5: Become a Chinese or other foreign language Certified Court Interpreter

Translators can become certified by the American Translators Association, although employers may not require it. There is high demand for Court Interpreters fluent in Portuguese, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Arabic and other Middle Eastern languages, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and American Sign Language.

Emerging Markets and the Economics of Internationalization

Author: Spencer Thomas
Published: June 22, 2011 at 5:22 am
Internationalization, abbreviated as i18n (for the 18 letters between “I” and “n”), is the means of adapting computer software for different locales.Often, requirements for entering new markets include localization, a process that compensates for regional differences in a product, and translation. Companies at times overlook internationalization, which best prepares a product for localization by flagging potential locale issues. These are all major considerations a business needs to consider when looking to expand to a global market.
As the world economy becomes more global, it is important for business to understand how to stay on top. Companies are always looking for ways to stay competitive in an environment that isn’t always fair and has recently become open to countries like China, India and Brazil.

Projections show that the US GDP (currently the highest GDP in the world) will fall to third by the year 2050 behind emerging powerhouses China and India (the US is projected to fall behind China in terms of GDP as early as 2018). Brazil is projected as a distant 4th, but coming on strong. Granted the numbers are projecting 40 years out, and such things are volatile, but the idea remains in principle.

According to a presentation in March by Nitish Singh, Assistant Professor of International Business at Saint Louis University, China and India are producing 500,000 scientists and engineers per year. Obviously, this gives greater opportunity for domestic companies to outsource their software development projects, but it also means that there is an educated market emerging for domestic companies to sell to.

Domestic markets are no longer en vogue for American companies, they need to think global. On the other side of the coin, with growing international companies also comes higher value for international currency and subsequent lower value for domestic currency.

In much the same way, but to a lesser extent, that US consumers will buy stuff in Mexico due to the favorable exchange rate, buyers in China and India will be more inclined to buy American products due the depreciated exchange rate of the dollar. You could call it the light at the end of the tunnel in what has been a tough domestic economy in recent years. For a more in depth look at how international markets are emerging, read Philip Guarino’s article on Elementi Consulting’s site.

World Tourism Organization supports Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign

Jun 22, 2011

UNWTO Member States attending the 90th session of the UNWTO Executive Council have expressed their support for UNWTO’s activities aimed at positing tourism higher in the global political and economic agenda (June 19-21, Mombasa, Kenya).

Chaired by the Minister of Tourism of Italy, Michela Brambilla, the 31 council members, representing UNWTO’s full membership worldwide, welcomed the “Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign” which, together with the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), is promoting the socio-economic importance of tourism to heads of states and governments around the world.

Against this background, Ms. Brambilla stressed her support for “UNWTO’s efforts to improve tourism communications to the wider public” and underscored “mainstreaming tourism through awareness raising” as an “ongoing challenge.”


In his report to the Executive Council, UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai confirmed that while recovery in international tourism is underway, significant challenges remain. “Vigilance is still a must in the face of persisting uncertainties, such as high unemployment and increased public austerity. Today we must add the implications of the political shifts in the Middle East and North Africa and the tragic events in Japan and their impact on tourism,” he said.

UNWTO expects international arrivals to grow by 4% in 2011, slightly above the long-term average. The situation in the Middle East and North Africa, which is temporarily affecting travel flows, as well as the events in Japan, are not expected to significantly affect the global forecast.


The Council furthermore welcomed the UNWTO study “Tourism Towards 2030,” which will provide forecasts for international tourism up to 2030, updating the existing long-term study, “Tourism Vision 2020.” The main findings will be presented at the upcoming UNWTO General Assembly (October 8-14, Gyeongju, South Korea), and will constitute the main theme for the general debate at the assembly.

The UNWTO Executive Council also endorsed the progress of the “UNWTO Working Group on the Protection of Tourists/Consumers,” which is focusing on the harmonization of issues directly linked with the rights and obligations of tourists and stakeholders.