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March 11, 2010

Loving listening to the rain

November 21, 2009

County court interpreter fired over mistranslations

Seen in The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio):
"County court interpreter fired over mistranslations
Man allegedly made up terms, misdescribed proceedings in Spanish
Friday,  July 31, 2009 11:19 PM
A Spanish-language interpreter for Franklin County Municipal Court was fired last month because he couldn't interpret legal terms, possibly jeopardizing the constitutional rights of thousands. "It's the legal standard to hear and understand the charges against you so that you can defend yourself," said Bruno Romero, Interpreter Services program manager for the Supreme Court of Ohio. "It's a critical point."
[The interpreter], 42, made up words, including the Spanish word for "defendant," and guessed when he did not understand legal terms in English, according to court documents."
hard to believe, isn't it? I have over 25 years of experience, and I'm scared to miss a word said or to have to check a dictionary because I don't know the meaning of an obscure word. How can some people who call themselves interpreters jeopardize people's futures just like that! Unethical interpreters give a bad name to our profession, but some hiring practices in the legal system also leave a lot to be desired.

August 16, 2009

Realistic expectations??? Not!

Some translation job postings are really too much. Never mind those that pay only 2 cents per word and on top of that require you to have a PhD, a hundred years of experience, CAT tools AND to do a test...look at this one I found on a popular job board: "Need freelancer to take upon this project. Aprox 50,000 words starts 08/17/09 due 08/19/09 by 5pm EST"... What! 50K words in two days? Seriously? I can only smile :-)