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.

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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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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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“You have wasted all of your time here if, in the end, you haven’t learned that you are responsible for those that are not as well educated.” I still remember this from a lecture during my Chicano Studies class. Instead of learning about the Chicano culture, on this particular day the professor gave us a […]

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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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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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