When two people or two groups of people who do not share a common language need to or want to communicate with each other to conduct business, share information, or socialize, they might call on an interpreter. This happens often for people who are Deaf (and use sign language) and people who are not Deaf (and use a spoken language). The interpreter understands the meanings and intentions expressed in one language (the source language) and can express those meanings and intentions in the other language (the target language). Interpreting takes a high level of fluency in each language, keen ability to focus on what is being said, vast world knowledge, and professional, ethical conduct.
Interpreting is a very challenging and rewarding career especially for those who enjoy the way languages work, enjoy the way that people use language to get things done and enjoy playing a role in helping people interact with each other. Interpreters are paid professionals and they are in high demand.
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