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.

Tag Archives: LanguageAccess

I am participating less within the Facebook groups related to my profession, Interpreting and Translation. There are many members of the groups that I admire and respect, and with whom I continue to engage. There are, however, more and more within these groups that I have begun to question their emotional and mental stability, as […]

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My note to trainers and conference organizers. No matter how exciting, fun and enjoyable your class or conference may be, if the final goal isn’t to help me increase or at a minimum maintain my professional fees, you have wasted my time and my money. This is not a ‘volunteer’ profession. In all my years […]

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At some point, and it may not happen in my lifetime the way it looks, the ‘Medical Interpreter Profession’ is going to get their act together. In 1987 the International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA) pioneered the first medical Interpreter Code of Ethics. As of this year (2018), that was 31 years ago. In 1992 this […]

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As an interpreter, one thing that I have realized over the years is that our language skills and knowledge are regularly tested. Recently, during an interview with an agency, I had to ‘perform’ in Spanish. The interviewer wanted to first talk in Spanish about general topics, and then we did some medical role-playing. I know […]

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The term ‘Qualified Interpreter’ is nothing more than a nice sounding catch phrase. You can say if you want to, and I hope you don’t want to, that a qualified interpreter is someone who can quack like a duck. The term ‘qualified’ in the world of interpreting, in reality, has no meaning. It is more […]

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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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