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Translation Bloopers: It Eats While Commanding

14 Apr

Not quite sure what the good situation is at the Chinese eatery in Kyoto where I had my lunch earlier today, but the many dishes my son Joe and I had were definitely delicious. Unexpectedly, the sign also commented on my unfortunate habit of dispensing advice to my children while eating.

Photo by Jiri Stejskal


Help for Haiti: Learn What You Can Do

31 Jan

Help for Haiti: Learn What You Can Do

On January 12, 2010, a massive earthquake struck the nation of Haiti, causing catastrophic damage inside and around the capital city of Port-au-Prince. President Obama has promised the people of Haiti that “you will not be forsaken; you will not be forgotten.” The United States Government has mobilized resources and manpower to aid in the relief effort. Here are some ways that you can get involved.


  • Contribute online through
  • Text “QUAKE” to 20222 to charge a  $10 donation to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund (the donation will be added to your cell phone bill).
  • Find more ways to help at

Get Information about Friends or Family

The State Department has several resources for inquiring about the welfare and whereabouts of friends and family in Haiti:

  • To Ask For or Provide Information About U.S. Citizens in Haiti:
    • Email the Task Force at OR
    • From the U.S. or Canada, call 888-407-4747 (Other countries, call 202-501-4444)
  • For U.S. Citizens in Haiti Seeking Assistance or Reporting Their Status/Whereabouts:
    • Email the Embassy at OR
    • Call the Embassy’s Consular Task Force at 509-2229-8942, 509-2229-8089, 509-2229-8322, or 509-2229-8672

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Idea

23 Dec

Looking for Holiday gift ideas? Give Kiva Gift Certificates!

CETRA Language Solutions is a proud supporter of Kiva, the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend to unique entrepreneurs around the globe.

Kiva Gift Certificates are one of the most unique holiday gifts you can give. They’re perfect for family, friends, and coworkers. And a Kiva Gift is a great last minute gift idea for those far away.

Starting at $25, Kiva gift certificates allow the recipient to make their own loans to entrepreneurs around the world and help alleviate poverty. Your recipient chooses the loans, receives repayments, and can choose to lend again and again! It is a one-of-a-kind gift that keeps on giving.

Spread the holiday spirit this season with this special gift idea that makes a lasting impact!

Email your personalized gift certificate immediately or print it at home today at:
They take just seconds to create, but the experience lasts a lifetime!

Introducing CETRAblog

21 Jul

CETRAblog will publish commentaries on the language industry by Jiri Stejskal, President & CEO of CETRA Language Solutions and President of the American Translators Association.