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When: 12/8/2012
From 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM
Where: SFSU Downtown Campus
835 Market Street
Room 619
San Francisco, California 
United States

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When: Saturday, December 8, 2012, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. New Member Orientation from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where: SF State Downtown Campus located in the Westfield San Francisco Centre, 835 Market Street @ 4th Street, Room 619, 6th floor.

Transportation and Parking :Muni rail lines J, K, L, M, N, S or F; MUNI street cars and buses 5, 6, 7, 9, 21, 31 or 66, stops at Powell and Market Streets; BART: Powell station. See also

Door prizes! All attendees will be eligible to enter the raffles.

12:30 p.m.: Orientation for New Members
New members and anyone who wants to know more about NCTA are invited to join the New Member Orientation.

1:00 p.m.: Networking
Come meet and network with fellow translators and learn more about the association. We'd like to thank our sponsor, Afaf Translations, for providing the refreshments for the meeting!

1:30 p.m.: NCTA Business

2:00 p.m.: Learning languages with music, TV, radio and other media by Susanna Zaraysky

Susanna Zaraysky will describe how to learn foreign languages using music, TV, radio, movies and other free and low-cost resources to supplement language classes and self-directed learning.  Non-linguaphiles often find language learning to be tiresome and tedious, Susanna brings songs and fun activities to the field of language learning. As music activates more parts of our brains than language does, lyrical songs are a great asset to language learners as they acquire new vocabulary, sounds and grammatical patterns.

Presenter: Susanna Zaraysky speaks seven languages (Russian, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Bosnian/Serbo-Croatian) and is the author of the book, Language is Music (El idioma es música in Spanish) on how to learn languages using music and the media. On the Spanish-language morning show, Al Despertar on the Univision channel in San Francisco, Susanna sings parts of English songs and gives a mini grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation lesson to help Spanish speakers learn English through songs. She has been interviewed on the BBC, CNN, CBS, NBC, Univision, Telemundo and Telefutura and has done presentations for the State Department in the former Soviet Union and in the Middle East about her book.

Ironically, her language abilities were often a burden to her throughout her life, during the talk she will explain how she's found a way to translate her language skills into guidance for others who want to learn languages.

You can find her on TwitterFacebookPicasa and on You Tube and her book, Travel Happy, Budget Low, will be available for purchase at the meeting.

Susanna will also be showing an 8 minute demo of a film that she is co-producing called, Saved by LanguageThe film is about how the ancient Judeo-Spanish language of Ladino saved a Sephardic Jewish Bosnian boy's life in WWII. 

3:15 p.m.: Networking
Refreshments will be served at the end of the meeting, and there will be an opportunity for networking.

Note: For those who are ATA certified, you will receive 1 CE point for attending the meeting.

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