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Creating Interpreting Price Quotes for the New Normal

January/February 2022 Issue

There’s no doubt that 2021 was a difficult year—a difficult almost two years, actually. Every profession has been affected by the pandemic in a significant way, and interpreting is no exception. We’re lucky, in a way, that technology has allowed us to continue our work as legal, conference, court, and community interpreters. I say lucky […]

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Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response and the Interpreter

March/April 2021 Issue

For my first column of 2021, I would like to share something that may sound strange but helped me get through 2020: autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR). Until mid-2020, I had never heard of it, but, ironically, my twin sister and business partner read about this audio and video phenomenon in an Austrian newspaper. To […]

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Zoom Remote Simultaneous Interpreting Report

November/December 2020 Issue

In the January/February issue, just before the pandemic, I wrote about whether remote simultaneous interpreting (RSI) was the next best thing.1 While I’m pleased with the completely accidental timing of my article, I didn’t have a crystal ball back then and I certainly don’t have one now, but I think we can all agree that […]

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Dealing with Uncertain Times

May/June 2020 Issue

By the time you have this issue in your hands, things may or may not have gotten back to normal after a very difficult and unprecedented spring due to the coronavirus outbreak. I’m going to go out on a limb here and predict that things will be far from normal, so an article about how […]

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Is Remote Simultaneous Interpreting the Next Big Thing?

January/February 2020 Issue

Just like many interpreters and translators, I’ve been thinking about the future quite a bit. Not just about the future of our profession, but the future of work in general and about where we, as practicing linguists, can find our long-term place in a world already dominated by artificial intelligence and amidst the threat (and […]

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Dealing with Sexual Harassment

May/June 2019 Issue

Thanks to the #MeToo movement, women and men around the world finally feel more comfortable discussing the issue of sexual harassment in and out of the workplace. However, I’ve noticed that this is a subject that rarely comes up in the interpreting profession. Does that mean it doesn’t exist? Of course not, but perhaps especially […]

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My Southwest Story: Getting in the Media

September/October 2018 Issue

A few months ago, the in-flight magazine of Southwest Airlines, aptly named Southwest: The Magazine, ran a one-page feature on yours truly, which I still find hard to believe.1 A friend of mine who runs a public relations firm told me that the PR value of this is in the range of $150,000, which I […]

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Four Truths about Court Interpreting

May/June 2018 Issue

Both my interpreting students and beginning court interpreter colleagues pursing certification ask me regularly what it’s really like to be a working court interpreter. In this column I will answer this question (partially, of course) with four cold, hard truths that you might not have learned in college or during your training.  1. You […]

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Attending Industry-Specific Conferences and Events

November/December 2017 Issue

By the time you read this, you’ll have come back from yet another extraordinary ATA Annual Conference, this year in our nation’s capital. I don’t have a crystal ball, but if the past 15 years or so are any indication, I bet it was amazing indeed. The week of ATA’s Annual Conference is one of […]

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