Alfonso Interpreting Language Blog

Thoughts on all aspects of the language industry

May 19, 2017
EOAlfonso

Staff Court Interpreter for a Day

Most people take vacation. It is necessary for one to relax, rejuvenate, and recharge oneself to return to duty. When someone capable will cover the vacationing individual, the person leaves with a sense of relief. Staff interpreters also take vacation, but court dockets continue to be heard in their absence. The solution? Contract court interpreter

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May 12, 2017
JAlfonso

Conference Interpreting Teamwork

Most people have very little idea what is involved in conference interpreting. They hire, sign the contract, and move on to the other multitude of details needed to host an event. However, being aware of some of the challenges can help you make the right choice when hiring professional conference interpreters.   You receive a

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April 30, 2017
JAlfonso

Cost of Workplace Injuries: Direct Cost vs. Indirect Cost

Direct costs: Tony Rosario worked in construction. He was on a roof wearing his fall protection. As the morning began to heat up, he crossed over to the other side of the roof where he had kept his water bottle. On the other side of the roof, his safety line had a lot of slack;

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April 28, 2017
JAlfonso

When Good People Are Unethical: Role Boundaries

Imagine this.  Instead of hiring a professional interpreter who is familiar with and cognizant of the code of ethics, an untrained bilingual person is hired to simply cover the assignment.   Without proper knowledge and training, the bilingual person serving as an “interpreter” will most likely unconsciously commit serious ethical violations while at the same

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April 27, 2017
EOAlfonso

Three Ways to Sabotage a Multilingual Event

All professions evolve as new applications, technologies, and procedures take shape. A primary reason why conferences are held is to disseminate information. This promotes idea exchange between delegates and participants. When conferences are multilingual, the knowledge bank increases exponentially.  However, there are a number of ways a multilingual event can go awry. This will leave

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