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

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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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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