Posts Tagged ‘community interpreting’

Funniest Sign Language Interpreter

Although it is not “verbal” interpreting, this is a very funny video about sign language interpreting. It is also ironic in a way.

Many people who know two languages may think that interpreting is quite easy and interpreters do not need to put so much effort in their jobs. However, interpreters are like students; they have to do their homework before the conferences and meetings. They have to study terminology and the subject in general. That’s why they have a general knowledge of everything that they interpreted once 🙂

In this video, there is a similar situation. The guy who is trying to interpret what the woman says probably thinks that sign language interpreting is as easy as making some gestures. However, I am sure it requires great effort and study since body language is completely different from verbal languages.

I expect your comments after the video, especially the ones who are trained in sign language interpreting 🙂

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Tips for Fast Note-Taking, Part#2 Symbols

3 days ago, I published the first part of note taking tips. Now, I am publishing the second part (the last part). Some symbols, especially math symbols, help you save time. Here is a little list of symbols:

–>  Leads to, causes, makes…

<–  comes from, result of…

↑ increase, go up, rise

↓decrease, lower, go down

& and

@ at

/ per

P page

Pp pages

? question

+ plus, in addition, also

–          minus

= equal, is, as a result, hence

≠ not equal

≈ about, approximately

X times

> greater than

< less than

$ money

% percent

# number

ht height

wt weight

2 to, too, two

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After Van earthquake: Community Interpreting

Last Sunday, there was a big earthquake in the Eastern part of Turkey. The name of the city is Van and the earthquake’s magnititude was 7.2. The fact that it is already winter there makes everything harder. Many buildings collapsed and people are dying every moment (more than 500 people now). Great numbers of people and rescue teams are there but they have a problem: communication. There is a high Kurdish population in Van and most of them do not know Turkish; however, rescue teams do not know Kurdish. This is a very big problem and this is where we need community interpreters whose language pair is at least Turkish-Kurdish. I also have ‘community interpreting’ course in my university. Here is an explanatory article about community interpreting by Margareta Bowen. I have quoted the parts I find interesting. For the rest of it, you can click the link at the bottom:

” ‘The community interpreter has a very different role and responsibilities from a commercial or conference interpreter. She is responsible for enabling professional and client, with very different backgrounds and perceptions and in an unequal relationship of power and knowledge, to communicate to their mutual satisfaction.’ (Shackman, Jane. The Right to be Understood: A Handbook on Working With, Employing and Training Community Interpreters. 1984, Cambridge, England, National Extension College.)

The settings are hospitals and doctors’ offices, schools, the various offices dealing with immigrant matters, housing and social security, and police stations. Compared to conference interpreting, the range of languages needed is enormous, even when compared to what is in store for the European Union. Moreover, the language level may be quite different from that of a diplomatic conference: regional variations and dialects can be a problem.

Some languages dominate: Spanish in the US, Turkish in Germany and Austria, Italian and Greek in Australia. But the Health Care Interpreting Services office of the Heartland Alliance in Chicago at present has demand for 28 languages.

Interest in this kind of interpreting, however, has grown by leaps and bounds. Last year the International Conference on University Institutes for Translation and Interpretation (CIUTI) decided that institutes do not have to teach conference interpreting exclusively in order to become a member. They may offer any of a range of interpreter specializations, including community interpreting. Read more…

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