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Certified Legal Translator?

In the United States, there is no such designation of Certified Legal Translator.  Translators deal with the written word; interpreters deal with the spoken word.  Below are the only designations in the US dealing with law and language: Federally Certified Court Interpreter:  must perform the three modes of court interpreting: sight translation and simultaneous and consecutive …

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AI versus Court Interpreter

I have been watching the debate on artificial intelligence. Many translators will attest that only highly skilled human beings with knowledge and training can understand the nuances of human interaction can properly translate. Artificial intelligence such as Google Translate and other programs are not capable of performing as a human being.   Granted, they are …

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When and Why Do I Need to Contract Interpreting Services

To err is human, to forgive is divine.  That saying is apropos in many facets of life.  Many individuals (with no formal training in teaching foreign languages) mistakenly overestimate not only their ability but also the ability of others to intelligibly and fluently speak another language.  There are people who understand English very well, but …

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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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Guess who passed the federal court interpreter certification written examination?

Do you have any idea what the federal court interpreter certification examination is? According to the Administrative Office of United States Courts, “the use of competent federal court interpreters in proceedings involving speakers of languages other than English is critical to ensure that justice is carried out fairly for defendants and other stakeholders.” For that …

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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Retaining Conference Interpreting Solutions

Suppose for a moment that a two-day English-language medical conference on advancements in knee surgery will be held in Columbia, South Carolina in 2017.  Imagine that 200 medical doctors will attend.  However, 175 of them speak English and 25 speak French.  Additionally, on day two, a guest speaker from Madrid will present a two-hour session …

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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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Journey to Safety Excellence

The National Safety Council is a great resource for any company interested in protecting its most important asset:  employees.  They have a fantastic Infographic called Journey to Safety Excellence:  JSE-Infographic-Printable.   A lesson learned is that companies that participate in voluntary safety performance measurement programs demonstrate a 52% decrease in number of claims and an …

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5 Frustrating Issues Workers’ Comp. Adjusters have with Interpreters

As a business owner responsible to grow my business and gain new clients, I spend a lot of time discovering my potential clients needs and concerns. After many years of conversations with adjusters, below are the top five Frustrations expressed about interpreters. Miscommunications and lawsuits. Often, miscommunication directly leads the claimant to seek legal advice. …

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Conflicting Loyalties Follow Up

A few weeks ago, I posted an emotional response to media reports about TransPerfect, a very large company damaging the reputation of our industry. It is also a member of ATA, an association dedicated to upholding ethical standards. My suggested solution was to remove corporate members, thereby leaving ATA to solely represent interpreters and translators. …

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