Translation Today Network
Chicago area professional interpreting and translating agency

Interpreters convert one spoken language into another--or, in the case of sign language interpreters--between spoken communication and sign language. This requires interpreters to pay attention carefully, understand what is communicated in both languages, and express thoughts and ideas clearly. Strong research and analytical skills, mental dexterity, and an exceptional memory also are important.

Judiciary interpreters help people involved in legal matters who are unable or unwilling to communicate in English. They must remain detached from the content of their work and not alter or modify the meaning or tone of what is said. Legal translators must be thoroughly familiar with the language and functions of the U.S. judicial system.  Court interpreters work in a variety of legal settings, such as:

  • attorney-client meetings

  • preliminary hearings

  • depositions

  • trials

  • arbitrations

  • arraignments

Success as a court interpreter requires an understanding of both legal terminology and colloquial language. In addition to interpreting what is said, court interpreters also may be required to translate written documents and read them aloud, also known as “sight translation”.

Medical interpreters provide language services to health care patients with limited English proficiency. They help patients to communicate with doctors, nurses, and other medical staff. Medical interpreters need a strong grasp of medical and colloquial terminology in both languages, along with cultural sensitivity regarding how the patient receives the information. Medical interpreters work in a variety of settings:

  • hospitals

  • doctor’s offices

  • diagnostic testing facilities

  • independent medical exams scheduled by insurance claims departments

  • insurance fraud investigations

Corporate interpreters & translators help businesses to communicate in a variety of languages.  In addition to facilitating communications between employer and employee, these language professionals may assist in communicating with customers or potential customers, and may be involved in marketing or presentation of a product.  Corporate translators may be involved in an almost endless variety of projects, such as:

  • employee benefit meetings

  • testing of employees for language competency skills

  • labor relations consults, particularly where cultural differences are apparent

  • safety and training sessions

  • product development, facilitating communication with foreign suppliers

  • escort interpreting for international investors or visitors

  • spoken voice narration services in training videos

  • voice narration services in marketing materials

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