Interpreting

The Rigorous Mode of Simultaneous Interpreting

Simultaneous interpreting is the most rigorous of interpreting modes.  Only a small percentage of professionals can truly work simultaneously (listen to speaker in source language, render it into the target language, while listening to the next segment in the source language).  It is also a misnomer, because there has to be décalage in order to …

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Booking Ahead for a Great Healthcare Interpreter

My goal is that my clients enjoy great success. We make a concerted effort to arrive early to appointments and provide professional, knowledgeable, and ethical interpreters. Over the years, I have noticed a common trend that can at times effect the quality of the interpreting event. Determinein advance if someone requires an interpreter and make …

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Who Pays for Medical Interpreters?

Federal law requires medical practices to use interpreters. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act requires interpreters for all patients with limited English proficiency (LEP) based on national origin who receive federal financial assistance except for Medicare Part B. Just as in the case of wheelchair accessibility for disabled persons, not providing interpreters when needed …

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How to find a certified health care interpreter.

There are two recognized organizations in the United States that provide a certification for healthcare interpreters. CCHI certification is offered by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters  http://cchicertification.org/; find CCHI interpreters here: https://cchi.learningbuilder.com/Public/MemberSearch/Search CMI certification is offered by the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters  https://www.certifiedmedicalinterpreters.org/; find CMI interpreters here:  https://www.certifiedmedicalinterpreters.org/search-the-cmi-registry Although I personally …

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Interpreting for Technical Training

Just as newer technologies continue to replace older technologies, employees must continue to receive updated technical training. Technical skills training is a necessary component of continuing education if employees are to keep abreast with the changes and perform their duties correctly. Even highly skilled employees with many years of experience need additional training from time …

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Medical Interpreter Accuracy

What exactly is accuracy when interpreting? This might seem like an obvious question, but it is more complicated than you realize.  Why do I say that? The challenge of identifying a competent interpreter For individuals that speak one language, trying to determine an interpreter’s accuracy is a great challenge. The best approach is to hire …

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Conference Interpreting Solutions for Company Orientations

Company orientations are one of the most common types of employee training. It introduces employees to the company and shares its method of operation and its core values. This formally welcomes newly hired employees. Typically, this happens the first week on the job. This training usually applies to most or all company departments and roles. …

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Jeff Alfonso will present at ABC’s Safety Conference

I am thrilled and delighted to announce that I will present at the Associated Builders & Contractors of the Carolinas 2019 Safety Conference. This year it will be held on Friday, February 22 at Great Wolf Lodge, 10175 Weddington Road, Concord, NC. Registration and breakfast buffet start at 7:00 a.m. My presentation “Hispanic Culture in …

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Training & Experience (Medical Interpreting)

To become a certified healthcare interpreter in the USA, a person must first take interpreting courses. I attended an 80-hour course at Greenville Tech. I believe that only 40 hours are required to get certified. I can say however, that that 80-hour course was very basic and the minimum foundation for this profession.   One …

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