BERKANA LANGUAGE LLC 's mission is to provide the best, practical self-study materials possible for translators and interpreters, as well as specialized English/Spanish dictionaries and glossaries; please visit the Products page to explore.  

BERKANA LANGUAGE LLC is an approved provider of continuing education classes for the Office of Court Administration (JBCC) in Texas, the American Translators Association – ATA.

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Language and Graciela Zozaya are joining forces for
classes for translators and interpreters starting in
  We will be sending out information as things happen.

Our first two offerings are below!

(In January and February, these will NOT be JBCC approved class, if you wish to get JBCC credit you can do it yourself prior to the renewal of your license.)

Running your T/I Business From Home

Saturday, January 21, 2017
9:30am to 4:30pm
6 hour course with breaks for lunch & coffee.  You may also bring your own bag lunch.

At Home2 Suites by Hilton
(see right hand column for directions)
In Katy, TX

$140 for the whole day

This will cover:  How to start your new business, your résumé. either free-lancing or working for someone else (pros and cons), specializations, time management when at home or elsewhere, office equipment and supplies, marketing, how to set prices, risk management, cost estimates, price quotes, quality control (for translators and interpreters), relationships with clients, codes of professional ethics, business plan, bookkeeping, taxes, record-keeping, contracts, computer "age", filing systems, helpful memberships, questions and answers throughout.  Handouts will be provided.
Take advantage of Eta's 50+ years in the business and the knowledge she was lucky enough to pick up along the way.

Law and Order ... and Corrections in Texas

Instructor:  M. Eta Trabing

Saturday, February 25, 2017

9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

7-hour course with breaks

for lunch and coffee.

You may bring your own bag lunch.

$140 for the whole day

Find out how the whole criminal justice system works – federal, state, county and municipal levels in the United States. Find out where all the jobs are for interpreters interested in working with law enforcement, the courts, and with Corrections (healthcare interpreters also). This will give you a very broad knowledge of how things work at each level, and how they do not necessarily overlap or go up a given chain.

For interpreters, translators, attorneys, and any other bilingual professionals interested in how this system works. Handouts will be provided - the PowerPoint presentation has 137 slides to guide you.

If you are studying on your own for the court certification exam, please see Berkana's FAQs, for the order in which you should obtain the books and study them; and you can freely download the article: Bilingualism - And What To Do With Yours

If you wish to find out if interpreting (instead of translating) is for you, please look at our 18 books on this web site under Products, where you can buy them online securely and easily through PayPal. 

Thank you!
Berkana Language LLC
M. Eta Trabing
Not-so-Retired Owner
Alex W. Trabing
General Manager

Save the dates for JBC-OCAA Continuing Education Classes for Licensed Court Interpreters in 2016

Both classes will be held in a conference room at the Home2 Suites by Hilton on 20985 Katy Freeway, Katy, TX 77450 (281-398-3500). Exit I-10 at Westgreen (from both directions), go south ½ a block on Westgreen and the hotel is behind CVS.

If you're coming from out of town, it is a very nice place to stay.

Registration deadline with PayPal seven (7) days before each course, please. Personal checks must be received 10 days before each course. For additional information or questions, please call Alex Trabing at 281-944-9949. Both classes provide 1 hour for lunch, or you can bring a sack lunch.

Coffee and tea will be provided at a coffee bar in the lobby and several soft drink machines. 

Certificates of completion will be given to participants. You need to provide JBCC copies of these when you renew your license. Do not lose these certificates.

Handouts will also be provided for both classes.

You can register with PayPal on this website by clicking the button under each class you are interested in, or send a check to:

Berkana Language LLC, 20230 Regents Corner Dr., Katy, TX 77449.

You must take both classes to get the required eight (8) hours of CE credit

for renewal of your license.

More details on these non-language specific classes, and the PayPal buying options for signing up for them, are posted below

New LCI Ethics for Texas
 Instructor:  M. Eta Trabing
3 Hour Course

Firearms 101
Instructor:  Dale Cuthbertson
5 Hour Course

Saturday, March 18, 2017

In Katy, Texas

Classes approved by JBCC-OCA

Registration 7:45 to 8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

With breaks for lunch and other breaks

$160 for Both Classes

Handouts will be supplied.