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An Excellent Interepter Essay

567 words - 2 pages

we is student.The need and demands of interpreters have increased considerably, primarily due to an ever-growing internationalization and globalization. This growing demand for interpretation has also led to people’s thoughts of what makes a qualified interpreter. Hence, this essay will argue that, to be an excellent interpreter, one should not only have the proficiency in one or two languages but also should develop some essential skills, such as being able to comprehend the spoken text thoroughly, to predict the unfamiliar words, to develop effective note-taking skills as well as to interpret impartially and confidentially by clinging to the professional code of ethic.

First and foremost, a successful interpreter should have a thorough understanding of the spoken text; otherwise the quality of the interpretation will be influenced negatively. For one thing, inadequate analyses of the source language will cause the misinterpretation. Eugene A. Nida (2001, p.29) gives an example: a witness says that the desperate runner ships drugs to Burma, while the interpreter says that someone who runs away ferries drugs to Burma. It can be seen clearly that the interpreter does not grasp the exact meaning of the word“runner”in this context in which the word“runner”refers to someone who smuggles illegal goods. For another, owing to insufficient comprehension of the source language, interpreters cannot reveal the speaker’s true feeling. According to Ineke Crezee (1998, p.4), a speaker says that when he was told what had happened, he hit the roof; while the interpreter says that when the speaker was told what had happened, he banged on the roof. It can be noticed that the interpreter does not understand the expression“to hit the roof”which means“to get very angry”,let alone finds a direct equivalent which will precisely reflect the...

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