Interpreting: a Thankless Job

By Peter Chamberlain Being an interpreter is difficult. When done professionally and properly, it not only can it be arduous work, but it is often an unnoticed and thankless job. I don’t see anything wrong with it “going unnoticed,” however I think a job that requires this sort of skill set should not be thankless.…

Translation & Interpretation in Political Elections

In a large, diverse and politically contentious country like the United States, language interpreters and translators are becoming invaluable during political elections. In fact, the last two contenders for the U.S. presidency, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, both hired Spanish interpreters for their campaigns. The U.S. has increasing numbers of enclaves of citizens of different nationalities who are eligible…

Famous Interpreters in Asian History

Every region of the world has its momentous times in history whose resolution has been shaped by interpreters. In Asia, the Chinese had problems with the Russians, resisted Christianity, and fought to control European/Asian trade. Here are interpreters who helped resolve those issues. Pereira & Gerbillon (late 1600s) In the 1600s Jesuit missionaries from all…

Using Interpreters for Sports Negotiations

“Never underestimate your need for help in foreign countries,” says Bob Woolf in his book, Friendly Persuasion. Bob is a well-known negotiator for top sports and entertainment figures who travels all over the world negotiating contracts for teams, commercials, and performances. For him experienced interpreters have proven to be crucial intermediaries for negotiations in foreign…

Different Modes of Interpretation

Interpretation modes vary, depending on the situation and what’s most needed. There’s simultaneous interpretation, consecutive interpretation of phrases or concepts, and relay interpretation. Here is how they are used. Simultaneous Interpretation The infamous Nuremberg Trials was where electronic equipment was used for the first time to enable interpretations to quietly reach a large number of…