When the moment arrives, and it will, remember-we are interpreters, we use our words.
I don’t like your attitude, so I’m keeping this pen.
Actual quote from a medical office manager after 40 minutes of arguing with me, in my lawyer role, about the doctor’s legal obligations regarding interpreters:
If I was Hearing Impaired I would be embarrassed having to ask for help all the time from interpreters. I do not wish to play a part in humiliating some poor Hearing Impared person further.
My actual response:
Being that sanctimonious must be much easier for you because you are so stupid.
I worked it out with their attorney, who was far less stupid.
There is a point where every interpreting student asks, “Why did I learn all that ASL vocabulary?”
In all of history, no interpretation has ever been improved by inserting the SEE sign for “is” or “it.”
Take a minute to share your love of ASL with someone who doesn’t sign…preferably someone who knows you sign, or it just becomes some kind of modern dance performance art and you are just viewed as pretentious for having snobby inaccessible tastes in art… and you will want to explain that in the truest interpretation of the term they are very accessible (first pun not intended but the second totally was) but don’t explain yourself! Keep the mystery alive…
Happy 2017 International Week of Sign Language!
If at the end of the assignment the Deaf Client asks you what “that sign you kept using” meant… and you realize it was just you pushing your hair out of your eyes, repeatedly; the bangs ain’t working for you boo.