Interpreter Reactions

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Here are some ways interpreters may react to situations they encounter every day:

When you forget about an assignment you were supposed to be at five minutes ago
When you find out you passed the certification exam
When you find out you failed the certification exam
When you stay up all night studying terminology for an assignment that’s the next day
When you’re asked to interpret a word you don’t know
When someone calls you a “translator”
When someone tells you that simply being bilingual is enough to be an interpreter
When another interpreter starts talking about a patient’s private information in public
When a nurse or attorney is familiar with the roles of an interpreter and doesn’t ask you to do things that are beyond those roles
When you and your interpreting partner do a great job of simultaneous interpreting at a conference
When someone thanks you for helping them bridge the communication gap