When the moment arrives, and it will, remember-we are interpreters, we use our words.
Interpreting. It’s hard. So you will cry. It’s important. So you will try.
Saturday’s are for sleeping off interpreting from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. in the emergency room.
If you have to interpret about something on the underside of a car, set up the car visually, lift-up the car you set-up and show your client the underside. You can lift it. It’s not a real car.
“Can you recommend someone who will charge less and can do the job with just one interpreter?”
Anyone who would take on that assignment for less than I quoted and attempt it alone I would never recommend. If you find someone who will, that should be your first clue it’s the wrong interpreter for the job.
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?”