Consecutive Interpretation: Some Notes on Notes

Hello again, and thanks for keeping up with my blog posts every month. I hope you have found my opinions and ideas useful in your own interpreting journey.

This time I want to tell you about the third part of De La Mora’s online training: consecutive interpretation. The key here is really listening and taking good notes. Since consecutive interpretation involves hearing several ideas and sentences in a row before interpreting, you often have to take in a lot of information and details at once. Unless you have a prodigious memory, you are going to need some help to completely…

Learning Sight Translation

This my third time sharing my experience on becoming an interpreter. In this blog I want to talk about sight translation. Translating documents in situ is another skill that a court interpreter should acquire; it is considered the step before simultaneous interpretation.

The second part of De La Mora´s online training focuses on sight translation. At first I thought the most difficult part was going to be sight translating the legal terms found in the pleas, affidavits, and other judicial documents, but then I realized that other documents such as news articles, birth registrations, letters, and declarations could be…

Links Interpreters Love: Eritrean Spies, Fake ASL Interpreters, and Free Glossaries

LINKS INTERPRETERS LOVE is a monthly curated collection of articles, free resources, and industry-related goodies from various sources across the internet. A lot of good information can be found here, so feel free to read it, share it, and come back for more!


  • Tlicho is his 1st language, but court records show Indigenous man went on trial without an interpreter.


  • Are Eritrean government spies posing as refugee interpreters? Asylum-seekers and activists tell Al Jazeera how government-linked translators have infiltrated the immigration system.


  • Stories of fake sign language interpreters.


Free Resources:

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Word-by-Word vs. The Whole Idea

As I’ve been moving forward in my quest to become an interpreter, there is one issue that keeps flitting around my head: Why is it so hard to stop thinking word-by-word? Wouldn’t it be easier to get the whole idea first and then start interpreting from there?

The answer is yes. Agustin always brings up the importance of completely understanding what we hear and making sure we get the whole concept. There is clearly only one good way to do it: hear the whole idea first and then interpret.

I frequently make the mistake of following what the speaker is…