Interpreting: where you can legitimately say, “they do not pay me enough to do this,” and, “I can’t believe they pay me to do this!” on the very same day!
Elementary School Interpreters are real interpreters.
VRS Interpreters are real interpreters.
Legal Interpreters are real interpreters.
CDIs are real interpreters.
Middle School Interpreters are real interpreters.
VRI Interpreters are real interpreters
Freelance Interpreters are real interpreters
University Interpreters are real interpreters
Pre-K Interpreters are real interpreters.
Mental Health Interpreters are real interpreters.
High School Interpreters are real interpreters.
Interpreters. Like a mime, but usually less irritating. Usually.
Solid truth at a panel discussion in my class.
Question: Do you like interpreters?
Deaf Consumer’s Answer: I generally I like all the interpreters I work with.
Q: Do you trust interpreters?
DCA: (grin) Which interpreter?
One of my favorite Notes!
Literal Translation eats up Processing Time.
Interpreters sometimes get stuck in moments of error.
They set up a little research camp in that moment, and stay to more fully examine the mistake.
Sooner or later it requires permanent mental structures to house all the energy needed to roll the mistake over and over in your mind.
All the while the text has moved on and suddenly the interpreter realizes they are well and truly lost.
So they run after the text.
But don’t worry. They come back to the mistake on vacation, at about two-thirty the next morning, wide awake, in their bed.
But you don’t need to. Just remember this simple Rule:
If you’ve learned from a mistake you don’t need to dwell on it.
Just a friendly reminder:
Translator: doesn’t need pants.
Interpreter: probably needs pants.
Thanks for coming to my Ted Talk.
Thank you Zac Chlew
Don’t ask other interpreters questions you know they CAN’T answer:
“Are you here interpreting?”
“How did your appointment go?”
“Are you interpreting for (insert event, speaker or performer here)?”
Are there Deaf people here?
Have you ever interpreted for (name)?
It’s Saturday night! I’m feeling rebellious and wild. I may just go to a movie and LEAVE MY CELLPHONE IN THE CAR SO NO REFERRAL AGENCIES CAN TEXT ME! WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
(Though we both know I probably won’t…)