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The Interpreter as Word Detective: Easy tips to improve your vocabulary    By Yvette Citizen, FCCI

Dedicated to our colleagues in Fiji

As interpreters, we must always strive to maintain our languages at equal levels.  This is why we must become ‘word detectives’, investigating every term that comes our way and asking ourselves if we have equivalents in all our working languages.  Here’s an exercise that will not take up too much time out of your busy life but will help you expand your vocabulary.  Take on the role of a linguistic Sherlock Holmes – cap, pipe, and spyglass are optional.

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JOHN BICHSEL RETIRES FROM NATIONAL CENTER FOR INTERPRETATION by Yvette Citizen

 

It’s been officially announced!  John Bichsel, Curriculum and Testing Specialist, is retiring from The University of Arizona’s National Center for Interpretation @uofanci.  John started working at NCI back in 1986 when his academic advisor, Dr. Roseann Dueñas Gonzalez, hired him while he worked on his Masters in ESL. Throughout that period he took leave a few times – once to spend a year traveling in South America and another to serve a two-year Fulbright stint in Mexico – but upon return each time he continued collaborating with Dr. Gonzalez, Victoria Vazquez, Paul Gatto, and the rest of the NCI team to champion equal access for limited- and non-English speakers by developing interpreter quality training curricula and assessment instruments, a mission he continues to be very passionate about.  These are a few accomplishments during his tenure at NCI:      Continue reading “JOHN BICHSEL RETIRES FROM NATIONAL CENTER FOR INTERPRETATION by Yvette Citizen”

SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION: A GUIDE FOR SELF-STUDY

  • SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION: A GUIDE FOR SELF-STUDY

Yvette Citizen, FCCI

Many of you are either aspiring interpreters in need of training, or practicing interpreters who need to hone their skills in order to pass a certification exam.  To that end, The Confident Interpreter has prepared a brief guide to help you in your self-study program.   Here are a few tips to a good self-guided practice:

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Forensic Transcription Basics

Quite frequently interpreters and translators are asked to transcribe and subsequently translate recorded conversations obtained or produced by law enforcement entities. These could be for example, a post-arrest interview of a defendant, suspect, or witness; a recorded conversation from wiretapped cellphones, calls made to or from prison inmates, etc.

SKILLS REQUIRED

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Prison Terms

It’s impossible to work as a court interpreter and not be exposed to terminology specifically related to prisons – whether it’s legal code pertaining to prison sentences or the daily expressions used inside prisons.  We’ve compiled a list of them.  Count how many you’re familiar with and have equivalents for in your working languages.   Let us know how you scored!

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