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ineveryl  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 12:58
French to English
Jul 9, 2004

I've interpreted for two clients off and on since October (English to French), but I would very much like to interpret full-time. I realize living in Kentucky doesn't afford me much use for full-time French interpreting (although Spanish is in high demand and Somali is in growing demand), so I've thought about moving to DC or Atlanta. I'm finishing my MA in French right now and would be looking to move in about a year. I decided to get the MA because, previously, I didn't have anything on paper proving I spoke the language. Does anyone have any suggestions? Am I doing the right thing so far? What should be my next step?

Thank you.

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N.M. Eklund  Identity Verified
Local time: 18:58
Member (2005)
French to English
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Me too. Jul 20, 2004

I am also interested in looking into making the step into interpretation. So far, I've done mostly translation work, but I have a friend in the Interpreting section at ESIT in the Sorbonne who has recommended that I give it a try. You never know if you are good at something unless you try it.

So I would like to know what steps I can take to prepare myself, what techniques can I try to start using in just starting out. I found an agency looking for phone interpreters. They say that they would train you a little, but I am convinced that interpreting requires more preparation than that. Suggestions?

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Yoanna  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 10:58
English to Polish
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Turn on the TV :) Sep 7, 2004

...and try to interpret the news, etc [some general, not-too-fast paced speaches] from the language you have translated from into your native language. I've had this sort of training at the University, where I have studied translating and interpreting. If this is too hard at first, try repeating quietly what the TV-person is saying, sentence after sentence.

Good luck

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