Language barriers have become a significant concern as the world becomes more interconnected. These communication issues have led to the rise of the interpreter market as they can facilitate a better understanding between different parties. In 2021, TheExpressWire notes that the global demand for interpreters [https://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/
Adam Hoffman, smithsonian.com journalist, in his article “Millions of Americans Are Getting Lost in Translation During Hospital Visits” discusses about a young girl's story in Massachusetts that is just one example of a growing problem across the national health care system in USA and how it has struggled to
The November 2015 issue of Medical Care [http://journals.lww.com/lww-medicalcare/pages/currenttoc.aspx]—the Official Journal of the Medical Care Section, American Public Health Association—included a research report titled "Inaccurate Language Interpretation and Its Clinical Significance in the Medical Encounters of Spanish-speaking Latinos." Its focus is the
There are two ways in which interpreters can gauge their level of language skills and identify areas of improvement – external assessment and self-assessment. Throughout the course of one's career, feedback from clients, teachers, coaches, organizations, conference participation, and certification tests and boards inform us of areas of strength and weakness.
Interpretation isn't about word substitution between languages. It relies upon individuals who not only know multiple languages, but also know multiple cultures, sub-cultures and contexts. Healthcare interpreters face the difficult challenge of not only transferring information between staff and patient, but also mastering the jargon of healthcare—something even native
A government census report published in 2013 [http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/acs-22.pdf] indicates the number of Americans who speak a language other than English at home rose 158.2 percent from 1980-2010. Of those who spoke another language at home, 15 percent indicated they spoke English "not