Interpreting Emotionally Charged Messages

The RID Code of Professional Conduct states that interpreters should “Render the message faithfully by conveying the content and spirit of what is being communicated…” (2.3). Content is the message – the words, the ideas,…

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Directional Signing

Good advice: When you put something somewhere, remember where you put it! Computer Advice: When you put something into memory, remember where you put it! Interpreter/Signer Advice: When you place a person in the signing…

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Teach The Hearing About Deaf People & Sign Language

Many hearing people are interested in Sign Language.  It is a fascinating language.  Some people wrongly think that American Sign Language (ASL) is simply another way to express English.  Those who know ASL and can…

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Adjust Is a Must – Part 4

Interpreting situations can differ, even in the church setting.  Some interpreters interpret the same way all the time and never change.  However, the wise interpreter will notice when needs and situations change and will adjust…

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Adjust Is a Must – Part 3

Interpreting situations can differ, even in the church setting.  Some interpreters interpret the same way all the time and never change.  However, the wise interpreter will notice when needs and situations change and will adjust…

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Adjust Is a Must – Part 2

 Adjust to situations that do not fit with what you learned  –  Ethical decisions can be difficult.  First, ask yourself if you always interpret with good ethics.  Some situations are not addressed directly by the…

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Adjust Is a Must – Part 1

No two interpreting situations are exactly alike.  Often surprises, distractions, or changing conditions can irritate the interpreter.  Wisdom is needed to know how to deal with situations and conditions that are not perfect.  Here are…

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An Introduction to American Sign Language

American Sign Language (ASL) is a complex visual language that uses space rather than sound to communicate ideas.  It is the natural language of Deaf people living in the United States and several other countries.…

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SimCom

Simultaneous Communication, known as SimCom, uses sign language and voice to communicate a message in both languages at the same time.  SimCom is used by hearing and hard of hearing and some Deaf people.  It…

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Team Interpreting

Team:  “Two or more people functioning together with a common goal, shared methods, and mutual understanding.” For many years interpreters worked alone on assignments.  This proved to be mentally tiring, emotionally stressful, and physically challenging.…

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