Spanish Interpreting

Conduits of communication?

For many years, I have been describing the role of the healthcare interpreter as a conduit for communication. The mental image that this creates, is one of a machine. A telephone for instance is impersonal. It truly is a conduit of communication. Human beings, however, are far more complex than a simple telephone. To simply …

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The Biggest Court Interpreting Problem in South Carolina Part 2

Previously in this blog, we discussed the biggest court interpreting problem in South Carolina. We also commented on the SC Court Interpreter Policy and Procedure Guide, which negatively addresses the problem. Although court interpreters were instructed that this is the new guideline, clerks of court seem to be told that they are proposed guidelines. Amid …

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Medical interpreter or Healthcare interpreter, which one is it?

Medical interpreter or Healthcare interpreter, which one is it? There are two organizations established in the United States that certify Medical/Healthcare interpreters. Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters http://www.cchicertification.org National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters http://www.certifiedmedicalinterpreters.org Since I am CCHI certified, I identify as a healthcare interpreter. When I do an online search using that …

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Three Aspects of Medical Interpreters’ Scope of Practice You May Not Know

The interpreting profession exists to bridge the language barrier between two or more parties who do not speak the same language.  Here are some aspects of medical interpreters’ scope of practice of which you may be unaware.  1. All utterances are reformulated Most people know that medical interpreters are conduits of information. It is often …

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Shiny New SC Court Interpreter Policy and Procedure

Between the Labor Day weekend and Hurricane Dorian’s threat to our coast, you may have missed the news.  The South Carolina Judicial Branch issued its first ever Court Interpreter Policy and Procedure Guide. Compared with other state court standard practice guides, it is less than 60 pages. Who needs to become familiar with this Guide?  …

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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. Determine in advance if someone requires an interpreter and …

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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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