The Secret Key: How Working as an Interpreter Unlocks Access to Different Worlds

In a previous blog post, on Why being an interpreter is a good career move for foreign trained health care professionals, I wrote that interpreting in healthcare settings is a smart professional career move for health care professionals who were trained outside of Canada, and it’s true! It is a smart move, not just for […]

Spring into Knowledge and Grow your Practice

Curiosity is a valuable trait in interpreters, and one that is commonly associated with those interpreters that excel at their work. Curiosity leads to the pursuit of answers, answers lead to gains in knowledge, and knowledge, in turn, becomes the ingredient that transforms a good interpreter into a notable interpreter. At The Interpreter’s Lab we […]

Join us on April 21 and May 19 and get your social media working for you! Two back-to-back guest speakers that will get you started on the right path. I must admit it, I am not the most consistent person when it comes to social media. In fact, days could go by when it comes […]

Our Humanity is our Strength: Navigating Emotionally Charged Settings

Image: Inside Edition News: https://www.insideedition.com/emotions-are-high-as-interpreter-breaks-down-translating-zelenskyys-speech-ukraine-activist-73545 Mauro Couto Interpreting demands a high level of accuracy and well-developed time management skills. To perform with precision, the interpreter needs to be fully focused on the task at hand. Hearing the client’s speech, reading their body language, catching intonation, being mindful of all the details involved in communication; then […]

The Road to Equity is Paved by Trained Interpreters

I recently came across an article I had written, together with a colleague, for Cultures West Magazine – an AMSSA* (Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of B.C.) newsletter in 2006. The article, titled Accessible Health Care: A Response Framework for a Culturally Evolving Community was on the subject of strategies for how the […]

The Interpreter’s Lab Report – Fall 2020

In Gratitude… a special offer just for you. Calling all past students – take the Interpreting in Community Settings course, get refreshed, get your continuing education units done, and pay only $197 (that’s a $300 savings!)* Register NOW Coupon code randr2020 (note – returning TIL students only) What a year it has been. To say […]

A Simultaneous Shift: Expand your skills. Boost your career. Get ahead of the demand

“Skate to where the puck is going, not where it has been.” – Wayne Gretsky Simultaneous Interpreting workshop and professional development for interpreters that work primarily in consecutive mode. The line between consecutive and simultaneous modes of interpreting are regularly being blurred. Though community interpreting has traditionally been taught and perceived as being primarily or exclusively […]

Online Courses and Workshops – Stay ahead of the curve

There’s an old adage that goes “to be ahead of the curve” which means “to be one of the first to change to a new idea or way of doing something that later becomes generally popular.”[1] These days we are using a different type of curve analogy: “flattening the curve” is an expression about society […]