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Interpreter In Spanish

interpreter in spanishIn today’s business world, the need for an interpreter in Spanish is increasing since Hispanics now make up the largest minority in the U.S. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, translators and interpreters are in high demand and in a 10-year period beginning in 2006, the field would be expected to see about a 25 percent increase in the number of professionals.

Before you start searching for an interpreter in Spanish, it’s important to understand the difference between an interpreter and a translator. You may have used both terms interchangeably; however each one performs different duties.

An interpreter translates oral conversations between two or more people. These conversations can be in person or over the phone. A translator translates written documents, in this case English to Spanish, or Spanish to English. The original language of the document is referred to as the “source language” and the final translation as the “target language”.

There are two types of interpretation, known as simultaneous and consecutive. During a simultaneous interpretation the interpreter speaks at the same time as the original language speaker, and usually through a microphone. The interpreter needs to be able to think quickly, and have a good knowledge of the subjects being presented. This requires great skill since he or she needs to listen and translate simultaneously.

A consecutive interpreter in Spanish, begins interpreting after the original speaker has completed a thought, and paused, allowing the interpreter to speak. If necessary, consecutive interpreters will take notes while the original speaker is talking, to make sure the information is accurate.

Since an interpreter needs to think faster than a translator, he or she must have very good grammar and language skills in both languages. Consecutive interpreters also need to have an outstanding memory. An interpreter must be aware of the cultural differences between the two languages to avoid offending someone unintentionally

If you are planning to hire an interpreter in Spanish, the following guidelines will help to make interpretation go smoothly:

Tips for a Successful Interpretation:

  • Speak slowly and clearly to give the interpreter time to understand your words
  • Make pauses at the end of each sentence or statement so the interpreter can convey your thoughts more accurately.
  • Avoid long or elaborate sentences
  • Inform him or her of any technical language (if any) that will be used

A good English Spanish interpreter will help you overcome the language barrier and assist you with your communication needs reducing or avoiding costly misunderstandings. Above all, it is important for you to see the interpreter as someone working with you and not for you.

 

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