Interpreting is Mental

Interpreting is Mental Often, after an especially fast or difficult sermon, someone asks the ASL interpreter, “Are your hands tired?” My answer is almost always the same, “No, but my brain is exhausted.” ASL interpreting…

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Voice? or No Voice?

Question: Should a hearing person using ASL also use his voice to communicate at the same time? Consider several things in making the decision. Sign language by its very nature is a visual language. It…

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Processing Time: Take a Step Back

Interpreter, how long is the time between when you hear spoken words and when you sign them? One person said, “The interpreter at my church is very good. She signs every word the pastor says.”…

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The Process of Giving and Receiving Feedback

(Conclusion from 2012 SWM ASL Institute Workshop) Sign Language interpreters tend to have difficulty giving and receiving feedback about their signing skills. The last two articles presented the concept “Take Off Your Interpreter,” as a…

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Giving and Receiving Constructive Criticism

(Part 2 – Recent Workshop at SWM ASL Institute) “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” – Acts 20:35 Most people seem more comfortable giving feedback to others than receiving it. However, properly…

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Giving and Receiving Constructive Criticism

(Recent Workshop at SWM ASL Institute) Accepting constructive criticism, or feedback, can be one of the most difficult lessons interpreters must learn. Here are several helpful ways to make this process less painful and traumatic.…

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Which Language is the Best?

On my recent trip to the Philippines I was reminded that there are many languages in the world. According to Ethnologue, there are 6,909 living languages in the world. Filipinos use 171 languages in their…

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Learn By Doing

Have you ever noticed that children, especially boys, tend to want to touch, feel, and DO for themselves. When dad is driving the riding lawnmower, the son will say, “Dad, can I drive?” Even young…

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Simple Signing

It has been said that a good teacher can take a hard subject and teach it simply. In much the same way, a good interpreter can take a hard message and make it easy to…

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What Happens In An Interpreter’s Mind?

Some people say interpreting is easy! You just listen to what is said in English and sign it in ASL. Or, watch ASL and voice it in English. Truth: No, Interpreting is NOT EASY! It…

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