It’s more than just words! 😱

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Interaction through an interpreter is often necessary when entertaining a client who does not speak English. The language barrier, however, is just one piece of the puzzle. It is important to keep in mind that the cultural norms and customs can be different from our own as well. The degree to which certain interactions are acceptable or offensive may differ between countries and regions. Often, your interpreter will be an excellent source of information of how to interact with your client appropriately. In Arabic countries, close social interaction and casual touching are very common among same gender acquaintances. Physical touches…

Ever wondered what an interpreter does all day? 😃

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It’s Sunday afternoon! I usually start looking at the week ahead, at all the places where agencies will send me to interpret. Every week I review new strategies, new hours, new topics, new routes, different cities, different states, and new people to work with. Before each assignment I go over my checklist on what’s in my bag: work orderers, steno pads and 4-6 pens, phone charger, travel tickets, business cards, terminology notes (medical, legal, court), dictionary, smartphone, a binder full of different invoices, notes, credit cards, badges, snacks, drinking water and of course… my Tic Tac mints 😉 My name…

Are you willing to take the risk?

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A black cat crossed your path? Broken a mirror today? Don’t bet on luck! Don’t let an under-qualified interpreter undermine your case! Why can’t I interpret for my client? I am bilingual. Language learning is a lifetime long process. It takes work and commitment to developing specialized vocabulary and understanding of linguistic nuances in two or more distinct languages. That is what distinguishes a linguist from a bilingual. Speaking a second language does not make you an interpreter the same way as taking an anatomy class does not make you a medical doctor. Would you risk your client’s case to…

More than meets the eye 👀

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Throughout cultures, sub-cultures, entertainment, political movements, religious ceremonies, and, simply, at the dinner table humans talk with their bodies, especially hands. A theory of language development speculates that the earliest language developed from simple gestures. One of the oldest, common gestures is the outstretched hand with the palm up indicating begging or requesting. This gesture is so universal, it’s not just recognized by humans but also by nonhuman primates, like chimpanzees. However, despite similar actions and movements, most gestures tend to have different meanings ascribed to them depending on the speaker’s culture and country of origin. Will you know how…

How are you going to examine your witness?

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What do you do when your client or witness doesn’t speak English? Hire an interpreter! Some attorneys frequently work with clients who don’t speak English at all or are just not fluent enough to testify under oath or understand the legal jargon. However, for most lawyers, working with such a client/witness is an occasional occurrence. So, what do you need to know when working with an interpreter? Who provides the interpreter? Usually, courts provide interpreters for hearings and trials. While the attorneys will need to hire interpreters for depositions, mediations, witness prep, client/attorney meetings, etc. However, the rules vary from…

Secret languages

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Secret languages (also called cants or cryptolects) are languages devised by minority groups (travelers, criminals, youth, workers, entertainers, etc.) to confuse, mislead, and exclude others not in that specific in-group. Even though they may be derived from a majority language or languages, they are unintelligible to the majority language(s) speakers. After evolving in the 19th century in the Russian partition among Polish inmates, Grypsera, a secret criminal language, is constantly evolving so only select criminals (not wardens or informants) can understand it. Its basis is Polish but it is also influenced by Yiddish, German, Ukrainian, and Russian, and heavily impacted…

Don’t make this mistake!

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Don’t make this mistake! We’re all guilty of using online translation tools. It seems easy and quick, but be careful! These free online options may seem appealing but are only able to translate word for word, not meaning for meaning. They struggle to discern the grammatically correct way to compose a sentence, ESPECIALLY if it contains cultural metaphors or idioms. To avoid embarrassing blunders, use quality translation services. A cheaper, faster option may turn out to be a time-consuming, expensive mistake! Scroll down to see some of these hilarious examples of online translation fails! translation translation translation translation

An agency saves you time by doing the work for you!

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Hiring your own linguist may seem enticing since, mainly, it is cheaper to do so. In reality, agency fees cover a lot of the work that you would have to put in yourself. Between locating and vetting qualified linguists, including those rare language finds, to project management, editing, proofreading, and quality assurance, the cost of time spent will outweigh any agency fees. The main benefits of using a language agency: – Would you rather spend hours locating a Soninke or Fulah interpreter than outsource the work to a professional? – What will you do if your only linguist cancels his/her…

Listening isn’t always easy!

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Foreign language transcription is the process of taking spoken words on an audio or video recording in one language and converting them into written text in another language.   Here are some recent transcriptions we’ve worked on: Languages: Yoruba, Nigerian Pidgin, & English     Date: January 2018 Click on the image above for more information! Not all oral languages have a long history of developing side-by-side with their written counterparts. This poses an additional difficulty for transcribers when, like in Yoruba, there is a vast difference between written-literary Yoruba and the slang or common/spoken Yoruba. Add to that 200 possible sub-dialects, a…

Who do you choose?

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  There is a variety of Language Services Providers (LSPs) out there, large and small, some very specialized and others providing a broad range of services. When looking for an agency that is right for you, you will have to weigh out their pros and cons as compared to your language service needs. What choices do I have? There are plenty of choices when it comes to language service providers. Which provider is right for you? Many litigation support companies (or court reporting agencies) provide language support as part of their overall services. However, make sure to compare their capabilities…

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LEGAL INTERPRETERS LLC is an interpreting agency founded by an actual interpreter with a broad and extensive interpreting experience. Agata Baczyk has been working as an independent interpreter for several years and decided to start her own interpreting agency in order to address the industry's need for professional and experienced interpreters. Most interpreting agencies are not able to screen or assess their interpreters effectively because they don't have the needed tools and knowledge of what that job entails. As a company led by a professional interpreter we are able to ensure that the linguists we contract with are knowledgeable and experienced.