October 27, 2017


In this extract from “Scrubs”, we get to witness an example of the downsides to getting an inexperienced, biased family member to interpret a conversation. In the first scene, the doctor realizes that the German-speaking patient’s brother is visiting and much more fam...

October 20, 2017

In this extract from Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, we get to see a great example of quality interpretation. I do not know American Sign Language so I can’t comment on the accuracy of the interpretation, I will instead focus on the police officer’s conduct and et...

October 10, 2017

In this sketch from Key and Peele, the then-president Barak Obama has an “anger translator” named Luther who helps him vehiculate the subtext of his speeches. The premise is supposed to be funny but the source of the humor is revealing: Luther isn’t interpreting any la...

October 2, 2017

In this brief extract that became viral, the speaker is doing one of the duties of the interpreter that merges culture and language: being the cultural broker. In this role, the interpreter must give a speaker an insight into the other interlocutor's culture in order t...

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