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At a Glance... header image

Translates spoken words from one language to another.


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Breda Ni Mhaoláin
Interpreter  
Breda Ni Mhaoláin works as an Interpreter for the European Parliment. After she completed a BA in Irish and Psychology in NUI Galway, she did a masters in Translation. Following a few years working, she specialised by doing a diploma in Conference Interpreting.
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The Work header image

The Interpreter converts the spoken word from one language into another. This involves interpreting conversation, questions, statements and speeches made in different languages. There are basically three types of interpreting: consecutive interpreting, simultaneous interpreting and liaison interpreting.  
 
In consecutive interpreting, the Interpreter waits until the speaker has finished speaking and then gives the full content of what has been said in the language into which it is to be interpreted (i.e. the 'target' language).  
 
In simultaneous interpreting the Interpreter gives the translated version almost simultaneously with that of the original speaker. Most interpretation is simultaneous. The interpreter needs to convey the feeling and tone of the speaker to the audience.  
 
Liaison interpreting is used for conversations or interviews, when the interpreter translates into and out of both languages.  
 
Interpreters may work in different locations and need to be willing to travel anywhere at short notice.

 


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Follow ethical codes that protect the confidentiality of information.

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Translate messages simultaneously or consecutively into specified languages, orally or by using hand signs, maintaining message content, context, and style as much as possible.

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Listen to speakers' statements to determine meanings and to prepare translations, using electronic listening systems as necessary.

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Compile terminology and information to be used in translations, including technical terms such as those for legal or medical material.

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Read written materials, such as legal documents, scientific works, or news reports, and rewrite material into specified languages.

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Identify and resolve conflicts related to the meanings of words, concepts, practices, or behaviors.

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Check translations of technical terms and terminology to ensure that they are accurate and remain consistent throughout translation revisions.

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Refer to reference materials, such as dictionaries, lexicons, encyclopedias, and computerized terminology banks, as needed to ensure translation accuracy.

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Train and supervise other translators or interpreters.

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Educate students, parents, staff, and teachers about the roles and functions of educational interpreters.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others:  Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Foreign Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Law and Government:  Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

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Communications and Media:  Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Learning Strategies:   Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

Interpreting demands an outgoing personality, a lack of timidity, coolness under pressure, mental and physical stamina, and the ability to acquire on short notice and absorb for a short period at least a superficial knowledge of a new art or discipline. The work can be stressful and requires excellent concentration as you are responsible for accurate, unbiased interpretation of concepts that may be complex.  
 
The ability to consider two languages at the same time needs great concentration. So, interpreters usually work in pairs, taking turns of thirty minutes each.  
 
Good hearing and clear speech are essential in order to become an interpreter.  
 
An interpreter should be willing to travel, however, with the increasing use of teleconferencing and videoconferencing, in these situations, interpreters can work from any telephone or video/web conference facilities.


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Go..Heritage officer/interpreter - from:  GradIreland
Go..Interpretation Officer - from:  icould [UK] Video
Go..Interpreter - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Interpreter - from:  GradIreland
Go..Languages in Action - from:  European Commission [pdf]
Go..Teangacha in úsáid - from:  An Coimisún Eorpach [pdf]
Go..Translator / Interpreter - from:  European Union [pdf]

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Organisation: The Irish Translators and Interpreters Association (ITIA)
  Address: C/o Irish Writers' Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 872 1302 / 087 673 8386
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