Experience

Alfonso Interpreting Logo on NASCAR #DSC500

Many of you know the Dollar Shave Club. I order shaving supplies along with shampoo, soaps, and other items! I like their products, they are value-priced, and they arrive conveniently at my home. This year, DSC ran a promotion to put 500 business logos from its loyal customers on Matt Tifft’s @NASCAR_Xfinity race car. My …

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The Beauty and Craft of Conference Interpreting

I’m going to get a little philosophical here about what is artistic and beautiful. Both my daughter Lily and I like to bake. I like to claim that my desserts might not be pretty, but they are delicious. My daughter, on the other hand, not only makes them delicious, but also her desserts are aesthetically …

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September Eleventh, Chronic Illness and Change!

If you would have asked me in the year 2000 what I would be doing in the year 2017, I probably would have told you “Running a trendy and successful hair salon!” A lot has happened since that time. A series of events that completely changed the course of my life and would eventually lead …

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When Workers’ Compensation and Hospital Interpreters Collide (personal experience #3)

I arrived at the hospital, ready to interpret for a very nervous patient. For almost an entire year, I had provided interpretation for the patient at doctors’ appointments, physical therapy, and even for medical tests.  I was there when the doctor first prescribed tests while sending him to physical therapy. I accompanied him for physical …

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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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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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When Worlds Collide: Workers’ Compensation and Hospital Interpreters (a personal experience)

I was at the hospital ready to interpret for a very nervous patient. For almost an entire year, I provided interpreting services for him at doctors’ appointments, physical therapy and even for medical tests.   I was the assigned interpreter when the doctor first ordered tests and prescribed physical therapy. After a while, the doctor …

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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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Serving on the Board of Directors of The American Translators Association? 

This November, the ATA will celebrate its 56th annual conference in Miami, Florida. At that time, three new directors will be elected. I believe that I bring to the table experience, great vision, and a willingness to work hard to make things happen for our association. In the past, I have written about different issues …

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