How to become an interpreter (In new york)
Thread poster: TopGuy
TopGuy
United States
Local time: 15:51
Jul 13, 2010

Im a native israeli in new york how do i become an interpreter , Is there some test?.
I heard hebrew interpreters are needed .Which type of jobs can i get provided i pass the exam?
My english and hebrew are (Almost) perfect.

[Edited at 2010-07-14 02:24 GMT]

[Edited at 2010-07-14 02:28 GMT]


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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
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Not perfect Jul 14, 2010

I cannot judge your Hebrew, but your English is far from perfect. I suggest you work on it before attempting anything else.

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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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Thanks, Henry. Jul 14, 2010

Henry Hinds wrote:

I cannot judge your Hebrew, but your English is far from perfect. I suggest you work on it before attempting anything else.




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TopGuy
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You should be ashamed Jul 14, 2010

Henry Hinds wrote:

I cannot judge your Hebrew, but your English is far from perfect. I suggest you work on it before attempting anything else.

A man your age should not show your ugly side to the whole world.You should be ashamed a man your age... Anyway Where i go to get such a certification. After if i pass the test would it hurt your ego?
Is that why you dont want to answer a simple question?


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Parrot  Identity Verified
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Welcome Jul 14, 2010

Hello, TopGuy, and welcome to the site.

There's no need to get personal (please note http://www.proz.com/rules/ ). This site is about language and we limit our interventions to topics related to language.

As regards your question, it may be of interest to look up the Consortium for State Court Interpreter Certification. Apparently, New York tests and approves interpreters, but does not issue certifications: http://devlegacy.ncsc.org/WC/CourTopics/FAQs.asp?topic=CtInte

This could also be of further interest: http://www.ncsconline.org/D_Research/CourtInterp.html

And to give you an idea of what goes on in such exams: http://www.jud.ct.gov/external/news/jobs/interpreter/Overview_Written_Oral_Exams.pdf

Hope it helps.


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Alice Crisan  Identity Verified
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For Topguy Jul 15, 2010

I would say "Thank you " in your place to Henry and other professionals in regarding
my English, especially if I`m a new user and a future interpreter.Being sarcastic doesn`t helps
much.Maybe more life experience will help and also at this stage, listening and reading should be a priority rather than talking


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Alexandra Goldburt
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A question of attitude Sep 28, 2010

TopGuy wrote:

Henry Hinds wrote:

I cannot judge your Hebrew, but your English is far from perfect. I suggest you work on it before attempting anything else.

A man your age should not show your ugly side to the whole world.You should be ashamed a man your age... Anyway Where i go to get such a certification. After if i pass the test would it hurt your ego?
Is that why you dont want to answer a simple question?


TopGuy, there is one thing you need to take into consideration, and it's not the level of English (which will improve with time, I have no doubt of that).

Based on my 11 years experience as an interpreter, I can tell you that in our profession, we do get criticized rather often. No matter how good a professional you are, facing criticism is unavoidable. It's part of our life. Sometimes the criticism is just, while in the majority of cases, it's totally unjust. I once interpreted at a deposition where one of the attorneys objected to my interpretations every time I interpreted a sentence. I kid you not.

So, if you want to be an interpreter, you must be able to deal with criticism calmly and without taking it personally. It's a skill that is at least as important as good language skills. If you are going to become defensive every time somebody utters a word of criticism, consider a different profession.


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Marcelina Haftka  Identity Verified
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To TopGuy Sep 29, 2010

Finding your way to ProZ.com was a good step - it's a huge data base of freelancers, agencies, and above all - of questions of each and every sort. But you need to help us help you!

Leaving your knowledge of English and the savoir-vivre aside, I can tell you that people (not only at this website) are more likely to respond to requests of a person who has a name, a photo, a story (even if the story would be 4 sentences in your profile).

Introduce yourself, surf among us a little bit, maybe help someone having problems in Hebrew?
This will make you a more recognisable (and "aswerable" ) person.

Anyway, good luck and stay calm!

[Edited at 2010-09-29 04:22 GMT]


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