Finding interpreters poses challenge for state courts

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LilianNekipelov  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 10:05
Russian to English
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Well, it is understandable. Oct 30, 2014

As I said many times before, translation and interpreting are special types of jobs, like acting and concert pianists, sort of. What is the lady complaining about--it is even quite surprising that there is one interpreter who speaks Singhalese in New York. In some language pairs there are none. Court interpreting is a very serious profession--it is not enough to speak X language a little bit. You have to understand what the judges and lawyers say in English (they usually speak in top-flight legalese), and then be able to translate it into another language while a few people talk at the same time. An in interpreter, in a rare language pair is a real treasure and a rarity--not just somebody's right.

[Edited at 2014-10-30 11:53 GMT]


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Michael Grant
Japan
Local time: 23:05
Japanese to English
Well said, Lilian! Nov 4, 2014

I totally agree! Like the musicians of today, professional interpreters and translators are not only sorely under-appreciated, in terms of the effort and sweat that goes into creating our masterpieces on a daily basis, but also under-compensated as a rule. Obviously it is up to us to negotiate our own compensation, but too many agencies, and people generally, have little to no real appreciation for what we do.

Even still: I love my work!

Michael


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