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Interpretation for major non-immigrant languages in the USA
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Local time: 05:13
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German to English
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Jun 2, 2004

I'm curious to hear from simultaneous and consecutive interpreters who
+ are based in the US (because that's where I live),
+ interpret between EN-GE, EN-FR or EN-JP (because the market is different for immigrant languages), and
+ have marketed themselves successfully via avenues OTHER THAN translation agencies, interpretation equipment suppliers, or interpreters' associations (because I already know about these).

How did you market yourself? Who did you contact?


[Edited at 2004-06-02 17:07]

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Johanna Timm, PhD  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:13
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English to German
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Some ideas Jun 3, 2004

Hi Norbert!

I\'m in Canada and registered as a contractor of the federal government via an institution called the Translation Bureau ( in order to qualify you must be certified in Canada and must hold an academic degree)- but there must be something similar in the States? I believe you\'re in Illinois, so why don\'t you check this site:

I think the Dept. of Commerce and Community Affairs might be a good place to start when you\'re looking for interpretation jobs.

Also, the radio section looks promising [\"The division also produces public service announcements, provides voice-over and narration for video and Power Point presentations, ***maintains a talent pool of state employees with broadcast and theater experience***, and provides cassette and compact disc duplication.\']

It might also be worth your while to look into the Local Chamber of Commerce.

I personally rarely interpret (too shy ;0, too nervous;))), but did some stints in our hospital and in seniors\' homes.

Hope this helped a bit and I did not list all the things you had known all along!

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It's WHO you know Jun 3, 2004

Hi Gunther,
simultaneous interpretations -I suppose you mean conference- is all about connections. Active interpreters have to know you, and potential clients have to know about you.
You should probably call or email interpreters in your area/state. I myself contacted a number of interpreters when I moved back to the US and they were very nice and helpful.
Potential clients may be more difficult, they don't know what you can do for them.

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