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  1. "How well can you understand different dialects and accents?
  2. What do you think about people who speak different dialects or who, for example, code switch? (Sometimes this may be called "Tex Mex" or "Pocho").
  3. What would you do if you were interpreting and a person said something that you did not agree with?
  4. What would you do if you were interpreting and a person became very angry and used profane language?
  5. What would you do if you were interpreting and a person became very angry and used profane gestures which are not understood in the culture of the other person?
  6. When you are interpreting, do you try to establish a bond with the person or do you try to keep the relationship formal and more detached?
  7. What would you do if additional cultural information or an explanatory comment is needed to aid comprehension or for a culturally appropriate translation?
  8. What do you do if a person is going on and on, and you can't remember exactly everything that person said, but you did get the general "drift?"
  9. Do you try to translate every single word or idea expressed, or do you try to summarize what was said?
  10. If a client has confidence in you and asks for advice on how to answer a question during an interpretation session, what do you do?
  11. What, if anything, would you do before an interpretation session?
  12. What, if anything, would you do after an interpretation session?
  13. What would you do if you were asked to interpret or translate something for which you do not feel qualified or prepared?
  14. What would you do if you made a mistake in interpretation or did not understand a term?"

Source:

Translator Training Workshops developed by Educational Service Unit 10, Kearney, Nebraska.

For more information on this series of workshops, contact Rosemary Cervantes or Maria Ragan (308.237.5927)



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