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  • Writer's pictureAlexander Jimenez Jimenez

Interpret like a pro; How to set yourself apart

Updated: Mar 5

Setting Yourself Apart from the Crowd

Are you eager to enhance your interpreting techniques and rise above other language specialists? When it comes to interpreting, simply comprehending two languages is not enough; it is crucial that you employ an additional element that makes you noteworthy. In this blog post we will look into thrilling approaches that will aid you in becoming the interpreter who everyone remembers.

To distinguish yourself as an extraordinary interpreter, and a master of languages, a touch of pizzazz will be needed!

Speak fluently and keep your thinking bilingual.

Mastering the art of thinking in two languages is essential for excelling as an interpreter, creating a strong foundation in both your source and target languages. Let that little voice in your head that starts in the source language, speak to you while you transform it into an accurate interpretation in the target language. This way, you can make sure you interpret accurately and that context doesn’t get lost.

Uncover an area of specialization that appeals to you.

In other words, niche down! It is highly advantageous to specialize in a single area of expertise, as doing so can make you an invaluable resource. Not only do you position yourself as invaluable, but you’ll gradually become a subject matter expert, and the topic will become progressively easier to communicate as an interpreter. So ignite your interest and indulge in medical interpretation if you are passionate about medicine, or investigate the realm of legal interpretation if legal jargon captivates you.

Simply think about where your passion lies, follow your heart and commit to a couple of subjects, or industries!

Cultivate your interpersonal capabilities.

Linguistic proficiency is in fact essential; however, one's soft skills, such as active listening, compassion, and cultural awareness are of equal importance.

Attentively seek to truly comprehend what is said, look for the feeling and circumstances that are carried within each word. Seek to become an active listener who can thoroughly catch the subtle nuances of any conversation. One way this can be done is by writing down or asking clarifying questions to gain more understanding, and then apply that knowledge moving forward. Just think about how valuable a client would feel if you understood where they came from?

Also, don’t be afraid to use technology to upgrade your skill set and adjust to remote or hybrid working environments by employing interpretation software, applications, and instruments. For example, learn how to use the interpreting functions within Zoom and other related applications. Video conferencing applications aren’t the only things that have given us technological advancements though. There are also things like interpreting booths where you can interpret at the same time as the speaker in real time, or speech recognition software that can transcribe what is being said which is of great help if the speaker is going too fast.

Develop an original aesthetic.

Embrace your distinct style, every interpreter has one it’s kind of like a fingerprint, and leverage it to further your success. Utilize your nimble pacing, or command of intricate dialogues, or whatever it is you may be known for to maximum effect. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your interpreting style, as we know different people communicate differently, so this will also help you become more relatable.

Remember, being different is a strength so leverage your uniqueness!

Enhance your intercultural competence.

As an interpreter, not only must you serve as a language connector; you must also bridge cultural divides, displaying an artfulness for navigating cultural nuances that serves as a true superpower. Make sure to examine, understand, and respect the practices and etiquette of the communities with which you are engaging.

Interpreting is an ever-evolving arena of languages and cultures, making constant studying necessary in order to remain ahead, so your cultural awareness will create memorable impressions. Consider attending workshops, webinars, and courses to stay up to date on linguistic evolutions and cultural changes. Furthermore, attending events will help you build a network that you can then leverage – so tons of pros here!

Ultimately, strive to be the interpreter every individual remembers.

Distinguishing yourself as an interpreter means more than the facilitation of language; it calls for assuming the role of mediator, mentor, and cultural ambassador. By refining your abilities, tapping into technological advancements in the field, and forging meaningful bonds with your community, you will set yourself apart from the rest.

Now get out there and show us how you shine in the world of interpretation. Distinguish yourself from others, leave a lasting impression, and let your cultural bridging abilities make a powerful impact!


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