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A Day in the Life of a Community Interpreter

What’s it like to be a community interpreter? Before you go to the trouble to get trained and certified, don’t you wish you could tag along with someone first, just to see what it’s like? Well, here’s your chance. I … Continue reading

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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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