Virtual conference for freelancers session (2010): Becoming An Interpreter

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pacolema  Identity Verified
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How can a freelance translator specialized in Law and Social Sciences become an interpreter? Sep 28, 2010


I´m a freelance translator specialized in Law and Social Sciences working in Spain.

In the the past I have done a few assignments as a consecutive translator, that I found quite challenging. The work was interesting but I realized there were many skills that I yet had to develop. Since then, I have completed a few courses on consecutive and simultaneous interpreting, and in the last year I did a few simultaneous interpreting assignments. I am now more confident and have developed the skills needed for interpreting work. Besides, I find interpreting to be much more dynamic and satisfying than translation, and I see my future career more linked to the former than to the latter.

However, I find it hard to get clients and assignments for interpreting, as it seems to be a somewhat closed and difficult niche to get into. I would appreciate your comments or tips on how to find more clients and work in this field.

Thanks in advance,

Paco Lema


Nadezhda Volkova  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:42
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How to become a freelance interpreter? Sep 30, 2010

I have the same questions like pacolema. I've also completed special courses on interpreting but I have a problem. I can't get even the first assignment. I just can't find clients. Where can I find them?


Coralia Polanco  Identity Verified
Puerto Rico
Local time: 14:42
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Phone/video conferencing interpreting Sep 30, 2010

I found a few companies starting out with phone interpreting and or video conferencing. How profitable is this new trend? I worked as a medical and legal interpreter in Boston. At present I have relocated in Puerto Rico where interpreting is done only for the federal court.


Richard Boulter  Identity Verified
United States
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What are the online training resources for telephone interpreters? Sep 30, 2010

I'm an experienced court and medical interpreter. I want to advance into the information age by adding telephone interpreting to my services, so what are some online training opportunities that I can access without investing in travel and lodgings?


Víctor Gonzales  Identity Verified
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Hi, from Brazil Sep 30, 2010

Soy traductor experimentado y intérprete iniciante, por eso estoy muy interesado en conocer el mercado de la interpretación.


United Kingdom
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English to Latvian
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Telephone Interpreter's courses Sep 30, 2010

I have just started doing telephone interpreting and I feel it is essential to have a specific training to deliver a really qualitative service and to feel more confident when talking to both a limited English speaker and a client. I would be very grateful if somebody could give me some advice on internet and audio resources available.


IsaMedina  Identity Verified
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Hola Victor de Brazil Sep 30, 2010

Igual que tú, tengo 25 años de experiencia como traductora pero sólo 2 años como intérprete. Mi primer paso fué investigar las asociaciones más importantes de intérpretes. En mi caso, fué el Colegio Mexicano de Intérpretes de Conferencias, A.C. (México, D.F.). Contacté a esta asociación y me entrevistaron, y me invitaron a su asamblea anual para integrarme, bajo su comisión de nuevos miembros. Fuí contactada por esta comisión y se me asignaron 2 mentores de amplia experiencia y ética profesional. Los dos han sido invaluables para mí, he trabajado en cabina junto con ellos sin goce de sueldo para aprender, pero no tienen el tiempo para enseñarme técnicas de la interpretación. Por lo tanto, sigo en busca de cursos que me ayuden a desarrollar mis habilidades natas para esto (me lo han dicho mis mentores). Ahorita interpreto podcasts y cosas que bajo de you tube y me grabo. También tengo unos libros como el de Nolan. Si quieres más información escríbeme y con gusto te digo cuáles son los libros que me recomendaron mis mentores. Espero esto te sirva! Isa


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