From courtrooms to boardrooms, interpreters help people who speak different languages understand each other. They work in a range of situations, from business meetings to criminal trials to medical emergencies. Those who know American Sign Language interpret spoken language to sign language and vice versa. Since interpreters work on the spot and can’t go back to correct any mistakes they make, they need intense concentration.
Interpreters help individuals or groups communicate with each other by orally translating from one language to another.
Not every language that interpreters translate is “foreign.” Some interpreters translate Native American languages such as Navajo into English, or vice versa.
Able to concentrate and tune out distractions, since you will be working “live” in places like busy courtrooms or hospitals.
Interpreters either interpret after someone has finished speaking, known as consecutive interpretation, or they interpret as someone is speaking, known as simultaneous interpretation.