Introducing Yourself for a Consecutive Interpretation Assignment
This is an interpreting assignment preparation guide that will help you during your interpretation session. It is important to state the following points in both languages:
- Your name
- Who sent you (Languages in Motion) (Any other information is on your Interpreter Request Form)
- What you are here to do (Interpretation. Instructions are on your Interpreter Request Form)
- Tell them that you will maintain absolute confidentiality
- Ask the Client permission to interpret for him or her
- Clarify that everything will be interpreted
- Explain that you will interpret in the first person and that you’ll announce yourself by referring to yourself as ‘The Interpreter’
- Ask them to pause here and there so that you can interpret everything
- Indicate that it may be necessary to ask speakers to stop/slow down and that you will use a hand signal to ask them to stop in case you need to catch up
- Indicate that it may be necessary for you to ask for clarification
- Tell all the parties that you may take notes
- Let them know that if the interpretation is longer than 3 hours, you’ll need a break
Here is an example:
I’ve been sent by Languages in Motion to facilitate the communication between ___________and ____________ (Example: Name of Patient and Doctor)
As an Interpreter I will interpret everything, so please speak in short sentences and only one person at a time. (This can be said if there are many people participating in a conversation).
Everything that is said during the session will be confidential. I may need to take notes during the session which will be destroyed immediately after the interpretation ends.
I will interpret everything in the first person and announce if I am referring to myself saying ‘The Interpreter’
Please speak to each other in short sentences and one person at a time, I may interrupt for clarification by raising my hand.
I will be taking a 15 min break every 3 hours.
Do you agree to have me interpret for you today?
Read more about this interpreting assignment preparation guide in our blog post “Tips for a successful consecutive interpretation session“