Ethics

Five Key Items to Identify when Hiring Conference Interpreters

Before planning your next multilingual event consider these five key items when hiring conference interpreters.    1 Ethics Professional, skilled interpreters are aware of the existence of their code of ethics.  It makes sense to confirm that the conference interpreters you select know and follow the code of ethics and can provide references. The following …

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Why do Court Interpreters Need this Information?

Trials are expensive. A good number of lawyers love them. Some attorneys hate them. Many persons have vowed to have their day in court, and that day usually involves a trial. Disagreements are why trials exist. When individuals cannot agree or are at an impasse, this formal examination is brought before a competent court of …

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Court Interpreters Serve All Parties

I am fortunate that it has been many years since I received a traffic citation for a moving violation.  After all, no one wants to visit traffic court, much less suffer the consequences, like fines and increased automobile insurance. When I was a child, I used to watch a show titled Let’s Make a Deal.  …

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When Good People Interpreting Are Unethical

Imagine this scenario.  Instead of hiring a professional interpreter, familiar and cognizant of the code of ethics, an untrained bilingual person is hired to simply cover the assignment, a warm body.  Without proper knowledge and training, the bilingual person who interprets most likely will unconsciously commit serious ethical violations, all the while believing she is …

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Interpretation, a promising career choice

If you are bilingual, I’m sure you have had the emotional experience of helping someone needing to communicate. Not long ago, my youngest daughter excitedly approached me and shared, “Daddy, I did my first interpretation job!” My daughter was pulled out of class to interpret for a Spanish-speaking woman at the school reception area. She …

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How can you ensure your legal interpreter is skilled?

First and foremost, there is no room for mistakes for interpreters in a legal proceeding. A mistake with just one word can be detrimental to a person’s life, liberty, and future, resulting in a grave injustice. The nuances of language in a court case demand complete familiarity with legal terminology and fluency in the languages …

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Eleven Skills Conference Interpreters Must Possess

Try this exercise for just a few minutes. Listen to a TED talk and try repeating everything the speaker says. This requires you to listen and talk at the same time.  It’s called shadowing. Please take a moment and click on the link to begin. [spacer height=”20px”] [spacer height=”20px”]

Court Interpreter Role Playing

While recently visiting the court to watch my wife and partner Emily interpret, I stepped outside to retrieve something from the car and mentioned to one of the officers that Emily is my wife. The officer became so excited and was happy to meet me. [spacer height=”20px”]   She enthusiastically said to me, “I love …

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When a Court Interpreter Must Disclose a Potential Conflict of Interest

Recently, a Spanish-speaking friend of mine with limited English proficiency asked me to accompany him to court for a hearing.  Don’t worry, I didn’t interpret. No ethical principles were broken. I was there simply to provide moral support to my friend.   As it turned out, my wife Emily, a South Carolina certified court interpreter, …

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Hospital vs. Workers’ Compensation Interpreter?

Most people reading this title would probably be somewhat perplexed. Aren’t hospital and workers’ compensation interpreters both healthcare interpreters under the same code of ethics? The answer to that question is yes!   If that is the case, then why would an opposing distinction be made between them? Shouldn’t there be a collaborative spirit among …

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