Alfonso Interpreting Language & Safety Blog

Thoughts on all aspects of the language industry

October 17, 2018
JAlfonso

Training & Experience (Medical Interpreting)

To become a certified healthcare interpreter in the USA, a person must first take interpreting courses. I attended an 80-hour course at Greenville Tech. I believe that only 40 hours are required to get certified. I can say however, that that 80-hour course was very basic and the minimum foundation for this profession.   One

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October 12, 2018
JAlfonso

The Power of Garlic! -Conference Interpreting-

Yes, garlic is a very powerful substance that gives me super powers! Let me describe the first time I discovered this awesome power. I was living in Brooklyn, New York having to make the daily commute to Manhattan. One day, I was running late, and I ran into my favorite deli for a toasted garlic

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September 29, 2018
EOAlfonso

AI versus Court Interpreter

I have been watching the debate on artificial intelligence. Many translators will attest that only highly skilled human beings with knowledge and training can understand the nuances of human interaction can properly translate. Artificial intelligence such as Google Translate and other programs are not capable of performing as a human being.   Granted, they are

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September 29, 2018
JAlfonso

Bill falls from a scaffold

All the stories I share are about people I knew and are true. However, I did change the names to protect the innocent, the guilty, and myself. Bill York:  I met Bill after he had fallen three stories from a scaffold. The reason he didn’t die right away was because he bounced off a ledge

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September 28, 2018
JAlfonso

My bad note taking experience

Healthcare interpreters are encouraged to become proficient at note taking. I have found note taking especially useful when I must remember dates and numbers. For this reason, I have been studying on how to take better and faster notes. I plan to even take a class on the subject at some point soon. I have

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