Signing Naturally and Smoothly

Do all people sign equally well? Do all Deaf people sign well? Of course not. It is amazing that even some Deaf people have difficulty signing clearly or with signs to match the emotion they…

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Voicing – Interpreting From ASL to Voice

“I can sign in ASL very well. I can understand Deaf people signing to me. But I HATE voicing for a Deaf person!” Many interpreters seem to dislike voicing or have difficulty voicing well. Here…

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How to Speak to Deaf People Using an Interpreter

(Continued from last issue) 13. Leave them wanting more. It is better to be brief and clear than to be lengthy and give too much information. Design your message for clear understanding. 14. Talk with…

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How To Speak to Deaf People Using an Interpreter (Cont’d)

8. It is fine to use hand and body gestures. You may want to instruct your interpreter to have the Deaf audience watch you as you describe something with gestures. Also, when you make a…

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How To Speak To Deaf People With an Interpreter

1. Choose your target audience – Children, Adults, Parents, Deaf, Hearing, High language level, Low language level, etc. – In a mixed audience, plan to say something to reach each group. For example, you could…

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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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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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