Top Tips When Working With Interpreters

Access 2 Interpreters are trained professionals that want to make the translation process easy, and to make a smooth process for everyone we have the top tips when working with interpreters. Using an interpreter does add another step in the communication process, yet if you follow these simple tips you can effectively work with interpreters and find the interaction to be quite enjoyable.

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1. Allow the interpreter to introduce him/herself.

The interpreter will quickly explain to the person that they are a professional interpreter and will be interpreting everything they say. Not only will this clarify the interpretation process, especially in phone interpretation, it is often very reassuring to the individual.

2. Speak directly to the individual and make eye contact. Speak in first person.

Using an interpreter doesn’t mean that it has to be less personal. A great tip here is to speak to the individual as if there were no interpreter around. Speak in the first person, not the third. It is easier and way more effective for an interpreter to interpret first person interactions.

3. Use short but complete sentences.

This one is difficult to get used to at first, but using short sentences will give the interpreter a chance to relay what you are saying effectively. Interpreters may take notes to remember key things you say during a more “long-winded” sentence, but short and complete sentences ensure that no detail is left out.

4. Avoid slang, jargon or metaphors.

Phrases like “it’s raining cats and dogs” or “on the same page” may not translate very well into other languages. You could end up confusing a patient and affecting their understanding of treatment.  Avoid these scenarios by choosing straightforward words and analogies.

At Access 2 Interpreters we want to make your next translation a smooth transition. As a leader in Columbus translation and interpretation, A2I wanted to give you these 4 tips so that you can feel confident during your next face-to-face or phone interpretation. If you have questions or would like to schedule an interpretation please contact us today.

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