How Does An Interpreter Juggle With Two Languages

How Does An Interpreter Juggle With Two Languages

Have you tried interpreting between two different languages for others? If you haven’t, what do you think of becoming an interpreter?


What Does An Interpreter Do


The interpreter’s job is to convert messages from one language into another language. A vocation like this is known to be a challenging job as it requires an extreme level of concentration and responsiveness. Being able to speak multiple languages does not qualify someone to be an interpreter. It can take years of experience to be able to adapt to a stressful fast-paced environment and yet do a remarkable job.


(Educator: Ewandro Magalhaes, By TED-Ed)


How Simultaneous Interpretation Works

Simultaneous interpreting requires one who has extraordinary listening capabilities – to be able to process and
memorize the words that the source speaker is saying. Thereby, an experienced interpreter usually translates
the words into the target language in 5-10 seconds after the speaker says them.


Challenges of an Interpreter


One key skill of an interpreter lies in the ability to translate on the spot, sometimes without using dictionaries or
other supplemental reference materials. Due to cultural differences, one has to know when the speaker uses local slang and idioms. Jokes and sarcasm are also challenges when a speaker uses them throughout a conversation.  In order to keep the integrity of the message intact, the statement has to be accurately interpreted and transformed instantly for the target audience to understand.

In the above TED-Ed video, the statement was inaccurately translated from the source language into English,
heightening the tension between the Soviet Union and the United States. It could have led to a catastrophic conflict.

The role of a good interpreter is paramount to many conversations and discussions happening in our globalized
world. The challenges of being a good one go beyond just knowing the language. They include an acute appreciation of cultural differences, proficiency with lingos and idioms, and sensitivity to the political climate.

7 Must-Haves in Your FinTech Website

7 Must-Haves in Your FinTech Website

In the fiercely competitive FinTech market, your website is a key differentiator, drawing potential customers to your product, ethos and voice. Naturally, it should be appealing and functional, giving visitors the confidence to take the desired call to action – fill up your contact form, call you, or seek live chatting assistance immediately. What can set your website apart from the competition?


1. Persuasive Copy


Great copy is a sum of many parts. Besides communicating succinctly how your service can solve a challenge or help capitalize on an opportunity, you also need to establish an authentic voice that conveys your brand personality clearly. When replicated across your social media pages, consistent messaging and voice can make you memorable and appear more trustworthy.


2. User-Centric Design


A website focused on the user considers a number of factors in its design, such as fast loading times, uncluttered webpages, and quick and easy access to information by utilizing an appropriate format and navigational features.


3. An Active Blog


A blog continuously updated with new content can improve your website’s search engine performance. It can also distinguish you as a thought leader and encourage people to engage with your brand.


4. Multilingual Support


As you move forward with your internationalization goal, it’ll become necessary to localize your website. 73% of Internet users are not browsing in English. To effectively reach out to online audiences in other countries, get translations right, make it easy to select the language of choice on your homepage, and ensure that your website feels and works as good as it does in its original language.


5. An FAQ Page


An FAQ page not only gives visitors a quick overview of your product and answers to specific questions, but also allows you to promote some of the other pages on your website. If your FAQ page is long, break it down into sections with relevant queries and answers under each section.


6. Add Photos of Your Management Team


Build trust and make your brand more human by including photographs of Founder(s) and key Management Executives. Professionally taken photographs of smiling Executives – along with their brief bio – can give visitors yet another reason to connect with your brand.


7. Interactive Widget


An interactive widget to your landing page can explain your product and pricing in 30 seconds or less. It’s a useful, strategic feature for busy visitors, who after briefly considering your product and quote, can bookmark your website and return at a later time.


Cross-Culture Interactions: How Your Partner May Think Differently From You

Thanks to globalisation, and the advent of technology and the Internet, our world has broadened, spanning over numerous geographic locations and cultures worldwide. Our day-to-day interactions with people, be it for business or for pleasure, are no longer limited to ones who share the same background, ethnicity, and culture as us. While this is mostly a very good thing, there are certain drawbacks that are easy to overcome if you have a little patience and a willingness to learn. One of the drawbacks would be the clash of cultures, or more simply, little misunderstandings that may arise due to the difference in culture.

Culture is defined as “the ideas, customs, and social behavior of a particular people or society”. Thus, culture governs how we perceive things around us and dictates the way we act and respond to things about us. One of the first steps people must take to solve this is to acknowledge that the conflict between two people of different cultures may arise, not due to any sinister reasons, but purely due to cross-cultural differences especially with regards to values, assumptions or beliefs.

Here are some of how cross-cultural differences may come into play.


Verbal communication may be one of the biggest challenges when dealing with people of a different culture, especially if the language used is not the first language of one party. When someone picks up a language having been a stranger to it all his life, he may not be able to quickly adapt to the intricacies of the language, and he might sound very “textbook” in his usage. This may be falsely misinterpreted as rudeness or being off-handed/cold. One way to counter this is to keep in mind that your partner might not be trying to be offensive or rude, it’s just that his language capabilities are limited and he may not know how to soften his words or make them sound more polite.

Non-verbal communication may also be an issue. Things like facial expressions, gestures, timing, and even personal distance, may lead to conflicts between people. For example, some Westerns tend to be louder and quick to invade personal space (by hugging, touching, etc.), which is normal in their culture but considered rude and aggressive by Asians.


People from different cultures view conflict differently. Some people view it as a good thing to air out your grievances and solve it on the spot, while others view it as a thing to be avoided at all costs – even if it means keeping your issues a secret and bearing it in silence. In Western culture, people are encouraged to handle conflicts and deal with them head on. However, in Asian culture, it may be better to suppress the desire to confront anyone head on.

This also applies to differences in disclosure. People from certain cultures may be more comfortable with letting their feelings known and thus more inclined to share the reasons behind conflicts. However, people from other cultures may be reluctant to share such private information about themselves.


Even things like decision-making are different depending on your culture. Some cultures may place the decision-making task onto the most powerful person present, and if your partner is one such person, he might make the decision taking it for granted that the rest will comply. Some cultures make decisions based on what the majority wants, perhaps something more democratic countries are used to. While other cultures may not reach an actual decision unless they convince the remaining doubters to see their point of view.

Ultimately, overcoming difficulties when it comes to cross-cultural interactions involve a lot of patience and acceptance. Purposely leaving behind things like prejudice, racism and stereotypes will help you inculcate into this new situation better.