Alfonso Interpreting Language & Safety Blog

Thoughts on all aspects of the language industry

August 13, 2011
JAlfonso

“Only I know the pain I feel”

A basic ethical principle is that interpreters must convey meaning between people and cultures faithfully, accurately, and impartially. This means that as an interpreter I don’t take sides, and I don’t judge. My very essential function is to facilitate clear communication between parties. A patient complained to his doctor of shoulder pain. The doctor and

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August 6, 2011
JAlfonso

The power of thank you

I know a man that entered a doctor’s office. After a few minutes he looked around and noticed many annoyed faces, people that were waiting for over an hour past their appointment time. He asked the receptionist what was taking so long as it was already ten minutes past his appointment time. She quickly responded

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July 30, 2011
JAlfonso

“@#$%^&*)!”

The doctor enters to examine his knee surgery patient. Quickly, without any warning, the doctor lifts patient’s leg and bends his knee.  In sheer agony, the patient shouts out what Mr. Spock once called “a colorful metaphor,” a vulgarity, or as Mama called it a bad word.  In fact he went so far as to

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July 23, 2011
EOAlfonso

The Appointment is at WHAT TIME???

Life is interesting when you own your own business.  The challenges test your resourcefulness, resilience, and ability to delegate.  However, no one on earth is God Almighty; all things definitely are not possible. Mondays are vilified in movies and day-to-day living.  There is truth in this viewpoint.  Even Puss in Boots says, “I hate Mondays.” 

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July 18, 2011
JAlfonso

Alfonso Interpreting is now a certified minority business

Over the last four years as an interpreter specializing in workers’ compensation, I have seen my share of unnecessary, heart-wrenching work injuries.  Let’s face it, accidents will always occur.  However, it seems like a disproportionate amount of Hispanic workers get injured every year. One of the reasons for this is the common belief that production

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