Interpreters use their knowledge of languages and cultures to convert a spoken or signed language into another spoken or signed language, usually within a limited time frame and in the presence of the participants who need to communicate.
Interpreters may perform the following tasks:
- interpret verbal or signed communications between two parties
- provide simultaneous or consecutive interpretations of conversations or speeches
- express the meaning and feeling of what is said or signed in another language in the appropriate tone and style within a range of settings
- orally translate written texts.
Interpreters usually specialise in a particular language combination (French and English, for example) and may also specialise in a particular subject area, such as commerce, law, health, science, technology or welfare.
- excellent command of English
- knowledge in, or ability to learn, at least one other language
- able to interpret accurately and objectively
- initiative and research skills
- broad general knowledge
- good concentration skills
- high memory retention
- able to maintain confidentiality
- understanding and acceptance of different cultures.
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