How to provide full-time interpreting resource
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gfichter  Identity Verified
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Nov 9, 2006

I'm a localization provider, and not too savvy about interpreting. My client needs full time interpretation support in China, for an extended period. So I am looking for ideas.
Is is practical to have one interpreter to translate both directions? When not face-to-face, is it reasonable to have an interpreter on standby for telephone (conferene) calls? Could one interpreter cover an extended day, assuming the work is intermittent. Or would it take a minimum of two interpreters?
Thanks for any suggestions.


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Seems reasonable Nov 9, 2006

gfichter wrote:
Is is practical to have one interpreter to translate both directions?


Generally yes, assuming the interpreter is fluent both ways.

When not face-to-face, is it reasonable to have an interpreter on standby for telephone (conferene) calls?


It's reasonable. Just make sure that the phone setup will work. You will have to come to agreement on whether and how the interpreter should be compensated for stand-by time (i.e. periods during which the interpreter is required to be available but is not actually working).

Could one interpreter cover an extended day, assuming the work is intermittent. Or would it take a minimum of two interpreters?


Assuming you're talking about consecutive interpreting, one interpreter should be able to cover an extended day of intermittent work. Again, you will have to come to an agreement on compensation (overtime?).


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Ritu Bhanot  Identity Verified
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Only one interpreter: better avoid it Nov 10, 2006

Is it practical to have one interpreter to translate both directions?


No. It's not practical. It is very tiring. Of course, interpreters are usually fluent in both languages but tend to be more comfortable interpreting towards one of the two.

Could one interpreter cover an extended day, assuming the work is intermittent. Or would it take a minimum of two interpreters?


Yes, it's possible but the quality suffers if one works 10-12 hours a day. Up to 8 hours of work towards one language, with some breaks, can be handled and is always better.

And unless one is interpreting from a booth or there are microphones, there's also the question of how much one can hear.

assuming the work is intermittent


Depends on your definition of intermittent work.

So, the client should be aware and if he/ she can afford it, it's always better to have two interpreters.

I've worked alone as well as with other interpreters and it was always easier and less tiring when we were two. And the quality was much better.


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Thanks for the tips Nov 10, 2006

Thanks for the info and opinions. They are useful!

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