Now residing in the beautiful Rio Grande Valley area of Texas, dedicated primarily to OPI (Over the Phone Interpreting), and Face to Face Interpreting as requested.

In an informal poll conducted across five Facebook interpreter/translator forums, 47% of those that responded indicated that training and certifications had made no difference, or only somewhat of a difference in their fees. I found this interesting, and surprising, for a few reasons. First, training and the push to become certified is enormous in the […]

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Why are we fighting? Something I see too often is how each segment of our profession looks through a different lens and then makes assumptions (you do remember the saying about assumptions, right?) before obtaining the facts. Let’s take a look, shall we? How do interpreters see agencies? Upfront, I will say in general not […]

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A language interpreter is one of the most accessible jobs there is. You don’t need to know anything. Just listen to what someone is saying and then repeat it back in a different language. I single-handedly have enraged hundreds if not thousands of professional language interpreters. Why? Professional interpreters know that to interpret what someone […]

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You know those times when your computer, phone or Ipad won’t cooperate, and no matter what you do nothing fixes the issue until finally, you do the old ‘ctrl’-‘alt’del,’ or you turn the power off and back on? Of course, this usually happens when you are in a hurry or behind on a project, right? […]

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Going on slightly more than 20 years now I have always been involved in some formal or informal language learning. If I wasn’t taking actual language classes, I was working with a private tutor. All of these classes were in addition to formal and informal interpreting classes, which by the way are not exactly cheap. […]

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There you are going about your day and then it happens. You don’t think much about it until later when it happens again. No!, you think to yourself, it is only allergies. These sneezes can’t mean… Oh crap! I have a cold. Within a short time, the eyes begin to water, the nose stops up […]

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One of the strangest skills that I had to get used to as an interpreter was referring to myself in the third person. Instead of saying, ‘doctor can you repeat that,’ I instead say, ‘the interpreter requests a repetition’. Who talks like that? Interpreters. We also say such things as ‘the interpreter needs to clarify’ […]

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How much money would you like your organization to lose this year? I am guessing you would rather not lose money, and in fact, would prefer to make a nice profit. If you use an interpreter agency service, the likelihood is you are overpaying and therefore losing money. There are hundreds of language agencies that […]

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In my final thoughts on the language learning series, the first one being David’s 10 Steps to Adult Language Learning and the second, Language Learning – The Mental Part, in this blog I will talk about being accepted as a speaker of your non-native tongue, which in my opinion is the hardest part. It took […]

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