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St. Valentine’s Day Traditions around the World

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ShareWales According to old Welsh folklore, instead of what is known as St. Valentine, St. Dwynwen is instead celebrated. St Dwynwen is believed to have been a woman who, for reasons which vary through story to story, was not allowed … Continue reading

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Medical Interpreters: Facilitating Communication between Doctor and Patient

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ShareIn a recent article in the Boston Globe, the importance of using medical interpreters to facilitate communication between doctor and patient is discussed by Dr. Kiran Gupta. Gupta argues that the use of interpreters in the medical profession, instead of … Continue reading

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What are denotation and connotation?

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ShareThe comprehension of the concepts of denotation and connotation is vital in translation. A translator without understanding the difference between these two concepts would be inclined to use only denotative meanings, or the definition one finds in a dictionary, and … Continue reading

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Types of Interpreters

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ShareThere are many different types of interpreters. Interpreters may work in different areas or they may choose to specialize in one area. 1. Freelance- Freelance interpreters are self-employed. They are either contacted by translation and interpreting companies, business or other … Continue reading

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Vicarious Trauma in Interpreting

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ShareAccording to the Vicarious Trauma Institute, vicarious trauma is defined as what happens to an individual’s neurological (or cognitive), physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual health while listening to traumatic stories or responding to traumatic situations while having to control emotional … Continue reading

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Editing

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ShareWhat is editing? When a translated document is edited, it is fully checked against the source materials and involves making sure that correct terminology was used. The editor not only checks for accuracy, spelling and grammar mistakes, typos and awkward … Continue reading

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Proofreading

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Share What is proofreading? Proofreading consists of checking a document for grammatical and spelling errors, typos, punctuation and syntax. This process typically involves much the same correction as a secondary school teacher would perform on a written test. The meaning … Continue reading

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Top Tips for Healthcare Professionals and Interpreters Working Together- Part 2

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Share 1. Interpreters take notes while listening to ensure total recall when relating messages. These are confidential and should be left with the medical professional or destroyed. 2. If the interpreter is delivering simultaneous whispered interpreting (often called chuchotage), try … Continue reading

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Top Tips for Healthcare Professionals and Interpreters Working Together- Part 1

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Share 1. Make sure the interpreter has sufficient information about the proposed conversation prior to the appointment so that they can research terminology. It is best that this is done when booking an interpreter. Remember, medical professionals had to learn … Continue reading

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Using a Professional Interpreter Saves Lives and Offers Value for Money

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ShareThe English speaking world has a long tradition of immigration. Consequently, in the UK, USA and Australia, there are many residents who speak English less than fluently. This means that to access medical services they are in need of a … Continue reading

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