Alfonso Interpreting Language & Safety Blog

Thoughts on all aspects of the language industry

June 15, 2018
JAlfonso

Interpreting Humor and slang

My dad used to always say, “Mind over matter, when your mind’s made up, nothing else matters!” Imagine trying to interpret that! In this case, matter in English has a double meaning. Mind over matter, (the substance of which a physical object is composed) When your mind is made up, nothing else matters! (A subject

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June 13, 2018
JAlfonso

Legal services for Hispanics

Recently, Emily and I were invited by Charleston Legal Services to work at a Spanish power of attorney clinic in Charleston, SC. About nine lawyers offered their time and expertise pro bono to assist undocumented and limited English proficient Spanish families in case of arrest, detention, deportation, or other incapacitating circumstance. They met with families,

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May 31, 2018
JAlfonso

Questions we need answered before translating

Who is your intended reader?   Quite often, potential clients ask me what my fee is to translate a safety manual into Spanish.  Believe it or not, without more information, that is a hard question to answer. Let me explain why. “Who is your intended reader?” is a major factor in the work involved in

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May 30, 2018
EOAlfonso

Is Every Court Interpreter in the South Carolina Court Interpreter Directory Certified?

The function of a judge is to ensure that the law is upheld, and justice is carried out.  When any party or witness before the judge has limited English proficiency, a competent interpreter is necessary to ensure the due process rights of the party and/or proceeding. Are all court interpreters in the South Carolina Court

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May 30, 2018
JAlfonso

Pain in The Neck Continuing Education

This year, I received a reminder that if I don’t obtain my continuing education credits, my healthcare interpreter certification will expire! This would mean that in order to re-certify, I would have to start over by taking a 40-hour language course, followed by a written test that if I pass, will allow me to take

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