EIPA Levels & Business Cards
[My Opinion Here] Dear Friends and Colleagues (and others),As my blog says, this is my opinion. I have no power, no authority. If you have an opposing view, please post.My opinion today is that I do not agree with having the acronym "EIPA" on business cards, email signatures, etc.And here's why:The EIPA is NOT a pass/fail performance test. It is a rating system. You can take the EIPA a...
Sun, Jun 18 2017
September 11, 2001 I was working as the staff interpreter...
[My Opinion Here] September 11, 2001 I was working as the staff interpreter at a school for the deaf. I was between assignments saw the news. THE news. At that point, only the first tower had been hit. My first instinct was "Go tell all the deaf people!" I went from classroom to classroom, telling the deaf teachers. Within minutes everyone gathered in the library in front of the big TV...
Sun, Jul 31 2016
I appreciate the political and philosophical blogs and...
[My Opinion Here] I appreciate the political and philosophical blogs and vlogs found on-line that discuss interpreter roles and ethics, community activism and power,and Â Deafhood and Deaf Heart. Kudos to DeafRead and Street Leverage!Â As for me, Iâ€™m a bit of a language nerd (oh, letâ€™s be honest Iâ€™m a BIG language nerd). For 20 years, I have been observing, documenting and an...
Sat, Jul 19 2014
It's NOT Music to My Ears (or Eyes)
[My Opinion Here] You might consider this a rant. I consider it to be more of an outpouring of "tough love." Â My topic is the posting of interpreted music on YouTube--more specifically, the posting of music interpreted into ASL *cough* by ASL students and other hearing signers.This is not a blog about whether are not music "should" be interpreting into ASL. This is not a blog about th...
Mon, Feb 17 2014
From The Trenches
[My Opinion Here] I've been teaching Simultaneous English to ASL this semester. I have twelve students and this is what I can say about all of them:1. They have learned to trust me, to trust that what I tell them is what I truly believe will work.2. They are willing to make changes in how they think about language, culture and interpreting.3. They all want to "convey the message faithf...
Sun, Oct 31 2010
You're either IN or you're OUT!
[My Opinion Here] Being an interpreter makes you a part of a language community. Make that...being an interpreter "should" make you a part of a language community, since my previous statement assumes that you use the language in social situations as well as business.Using ASL simply as a source of income is, in my opinion, an abuse of a privilege and is,in essence, exploiting a languag...
Wed, Jul 28 2010
I say 2 + 2 = 5!
[My Opinion Here] Oh, wait...IT DOESN'T??!! Well, my friend said it did and he knows math. And it totally could be 5, if you think about inflation. Okay, maybe it's not five, but I think you understood what I meant...I meant 4. Also, 5 is very close to 4, isn't it?------------------------------------------Rarely in math is there room for discussion regarding addition, subtration, multi...
Sun, May 16 2010
Q: How Long Have You Been Doing This? A: Not Long Enough
[My Opinion Here] As I approach my thirtieth year of national certification, I wonder if, truly, I can claim all thirty years. When I tell someone "I've been interpreting professionally for almost 30 years", does that mean I'm 30X better than someone who has been interpreting for one year? Have I grown as an interpreter and signer each and every year? I don't think how long you have do...
Tue, Mar 23 2010
Prosody (and other 50 cent words)
[My Opinion Here] Be patient with me, gentle reader,through this little linguistics lesson. Prosody can be simply defined as the patterns of stress and intonation in a language.Prosody is what helps us know whether the speaker (or signer) is asking a question, giving a command, being sarcastic or angry. Prosody is not about vocabulary and not about grammar. (Wait...isn't that what is t...
Mon, Mar 15 2010
Spotted! The Missing Link (in Voice to Sign Instruction)
[My Opinion Here] More on Interpreter Training First you learn ASL* Then you learn to interpret from Spoken English to ASL.** *Okay, not totally learn it but you have the basic vocabulary down and you have a sense of the grammatical features. **Yeah, you've worked some on consecutive Voice to Sign and you might have English Intrusions, but I know how to sign while someone is talking....
Wed, Feb 24 2010
Learning Sign-to-Voice Interpreting: MIND THE GAP!
[My Opinion Here] Here's three steps to becoming an awesome sign-to-voice interpreter: 1. Always look at the deaf person 2. Understand everything he or she signs 3. Say it in perfect English. That's it. Now go out and conquer the world. But wait, there must be more to it than that! In the typical sign to voice class. all too often the student is asked to do step 3, before he or she ca...
Thu, Feb 18 2010
Celebration of Mediocracy, Part 2
[My Opinion Here] Spoken language interpreters would so much rather work from their second language to their first. It makes perfect sense. Sign language interpreters rarely want to work from sign to voice. That also makes perfect sense, in a non-sensical way. From my perspective, when you stand in front of an audience of one and you are signing away who knows if you are making full s...
Tue, Feb 16 2010
Interpreting Today -- The Celebration of Mediocracy
[My Opinion Here] In any field or profession, there will always be those who excel beyond the expected, out-perform the crowd. Not everyone has to be a superstar; it is also okay to be qualified, skilled, able, competent and clear. What is see in the intpreting world right now though, is an abundance of "GOOD-ENOUGH." There's so much of that around, that I believe more people have forg...
Tue, Feb 16 2010
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