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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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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