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: Professional

OMG! Upon agreeing with a colleague, a Certified Medical Interpreter(CMI), who requested to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation with her employer to investigate information for this blog, I began to realize just how crazy things were. The more I started digging, the more forthcoming people were with information, and the more backlash I received. […]

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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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After almost two decades of studying the Spanish language and using it professionally, I think I am qualified to speak on this subject. In hindsight, I have determined that the majority, if not all, of the teaching strategies, are flawed in one aspect. The cart, so to speak, is put before the horse, and this […]

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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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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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