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What is Interpretation

Interpretation is the art of allowing individuals who do not have a common language to communicate through a third party who commands both languages, whether spoken or signed. And it can take many forms and happen in different scenarios. Read on to learn more, but don’t miss the video.

There are only two basic modes of interpreting,  simultaneous and consecutive, but many different types and modalities of interpreting.  There are also certifications available for certain types of interpreting and it is important to learn where to find information for each in your different countries and markets. We have dedicated a page for the different modes of interpreting, so just click here.

The interpreting profession offers many perks  such as travel with all expenses paid and interpreting for high ranking officials, but it will also demand certain sacrifices, such as staying away from family during holidays or special family dates, or performing in less than glamorous settings, such as the morgue or at the waste management field. We work where our client needs us.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created new venues for interpreters. New platforms offer remote simultaneous interpreting (RSI) or as AIIC refers to it, distance interpreting, therefore interpreters can perform from their own studios or home offices or hubs provided by the platforms themselves. RSI is discussed here.

Interpreters cannot lose sight of the fact that they are someone else’s voice. That requires that their own values and opinions be relegated to second place to the job at hand. Therefore, it behooves the professional to ask questions in order to ensure s/he can perform as expected on location or remotely.

Different entities have taken over the burden of establishing standards that guarantee a minimum quality of working conditions. These standards apply to clients and professionals alike because they represent also a set of responsibilities each is tasked with.

Wired Masterminds created the video below to help people understand what interpreters actually do.