Alfonso Interpreting Language & Safety Blog

Thoughts on all aspects of the language industry

October 8, 2011
JAlfonso

Growing pains

When I started my business, I knew that I wanted to set an example in ethical conduct. I would not sacrifice quality for quantity. I also went into business to earn a decent income while controlling my time, precious time I could dedicate towards my family. In the beginning, we began by working with agencies.

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October 2, 2011
JAlfonso

Let’s Talk

As some of you might be aware of by now, I often write about the common problems seen regularly in the interpreting industry. It pains me to point out many of the issues that hurt our reputation. There are just so many problems and I want to help professionals dealing with interpreters to know what

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September 27, 2011
JAlfonso

Bad Advice

Often a patient receiving interpreting services will recognize my knowledge and experience. It is not uncommon for the patient to begin to ask me medical questions, especially if he disagrees with the doctor and seeks another opinion. What do you think? Do you think that something else might be going on? Do you think an

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September 17, 2011
JAlfonso

Playing Games

I cannot tell you how many times the following has come up. The other day a physical therapist turned to me and said “I wish your team were doing our interpreting!” I asked her why. The therapist replied that over many years she had observed different interpreters doing things that in her eyes were dreadful!

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September 5, 2011
JAlfonso

Remembering 9/11

Warning:  this blog is long, originally not meant to be shared.. I can’t believe ten years have gone by since that life-altering day.  For a very long time, I never spoke about it.  This is the first time I am even sharing my experience.  That morning was like any other traveling to work.  As I

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