Interpreting Specializations – Community Interpreting

There are a wide variety of specializations when it comes to interpreting services.

Today, we’re talking about what community interpreting is, why it’s essential, and how you can find a community interpreter.

What is community interpreting?
Community interpreting is a translation and interpretation service for community-based settings. These settings may include hospitals, healthcare offices, family service offices, and more.
The goal of a community interpreter is to take away a potential language barrier between two people in a community setting that do not speak the same language.

How does community interpreting work?
Though there are various modes for community interpreting, most community interpreters work in consecutive interpreting. In consecutive interpreting, the interpreter will listen to what the speaker has to say, and then they will directly translate it for the other person. The two speakers will talk to each other in short sentences and long pauses, with the interpreter filling in the information during the breaks. This ensures that the interpreter can accurately communicate what both speakers are saying, creating a direct stream of communication.

Why is community interpreting important?
Community interpreting is essential for people who need to use community-related services but are not fluent in the local language. For example, suppose someone moves from China to America and needs to navigate the healthcare system but does not entirely understand English. In this example, this person may find it challenging to receive a diagnosis, have their questions answered, or be confident in the services they’re provided. A community interpreter bridges the gap between the two languages to ensure that both parties are always on the same page.

Community services are often used by immigrants and refugees who may feel overwhelmed by the different systems in the country they’ve moved to. A community interpreter can ensure that these individuals are confidently navigating community services because they can ask questions in their preferred language.

How is a community interpreter different than a language interpreter?
A community interpreter is a language interpreter, but a language interpreter isn’t always a community interpreter.
A language interpret is someone who is fluent in two languages and has a certificate in interpretation. A community interpreter is a language interpreter who has a thorough understanding of public and community services.
They need to be familiar with the local government guidelines to accurately communicate and interpret for the people they work with.
Knowing the public services enables them to offer accurate translations for both parties.

How can you find a community interpreter?
Language should not be a barrier that prevents people from accessing necessary public and community services.

If you are looking for a community interpreter or know someone who is, we’re happy to help! Please reach out to us so we can discuss your needs further and find the right fit for you.

At Allied Interpreting & Translation, we offer translation and interpreting services, including Depositions, Trials, Medical Appointments, Mediation, Arbitration, Legal Documents, Publications, Contracts, and more.






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