Author Archives: Anna Banin

Bilingual or Interpreter?

Question for today: Can any bilingual person interpret? Consider the concert pianist. She sweeps onto the stage in a floor length gown, bows to the applauding crowd, seats herself gracefully at the gleaming black Steinway grand piano. She bows her … Continue reading

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The World of a Community Interpreter

Question: In what profession can you assist at a birth, sign a family up for Medicaid, achieve justice for a victim of fraud, teach a patient to calculate his insulin dosage, get welfare benefits for a single mom, rescue a … Continue reading

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What in the World is an Interpreter?

They are found in the murals in ancient Egyptian tombs. They are lauded as indispensable links . . . . . . and reviled as traitors. They walk in two worlds, building bridges between people who speak different languages. And, … Continue reading

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Making the Tough Decisions: a skills-building workshop on interpreter ethics in healthcare

The world of the healthcare interpreter is fraught with difficult ethical dilemmas and the need for making in-the-moment decisions. For example, if a patient asks that certain information not be interpreted, do you keep it confidential even if the non-disclosure … Continue reading

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