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Fog lines and my dad

25 Nov

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A FRANTIC COURT CLERK

It was the day before Thanksgiving in Ohio and a short day in court awaited. The phone rings and a bailiff, desperate to help a fellow get out of jail, calls. “Can you help with an arraignment? This man’s been in jail since the sixteenth. I know I called you before but we can’t find a certified interpreter.” Luckily I could squeeze in another assignment before the holiday weekend.

COUNTRY ROADS

There is no easy way to drive from North Canton to East Liverpool, Ohio … not even a four-lane roadway. Plugged in the GPS and ventured down country roads with expansive fields peppered with a cluster of slow-moving cows. My Hyundai tilted deep into a towering tree-strewn valley and emerged in downtown East Liverpool. The joy of this errant interpreter is to meet new folks again and again. I chatted up the court clerk who bemoaned the Ohio winters. She hails from Texas and reported that “you don’t have to shovel sunshine there.” We laughed and complained once again about the cold.

WHAT DID SHE JUST SAY?

I wandered into the courtroom to find several people in faded jail jumpsuits and spotted the Spanish LEP. Fortunately, a uniformed police officer stood by who listened as I provided the pre-session “Good morning, I am an interpreter and not an attorney blah-blah-blah …” When Lady Judge took the bench, she rattled off charges that included a DUI/Driving Under the Influence and “crossing the fog line*.” What??? Confidence shattered. Brain shut down. My neurons rushed to come up with a sensible rendering. I thought “Ohio? Fog lines? There were no heaths on the trek to town today.” Something luckily rolled off the tongue that made sense in the moment.

ASK AND RECEIVE

During the break, I approached the officer and inquired what “fog line” meant in this part of the state. “Oh, that’s the white fog line on the right and yellow’s on the left.” Seems Mr. Defendant, soaked with God-knows-what brew, veered all over State Route 11 and drifted over the “fog line.” Now that makes sense – he committed a marked lanes violation/no manejar dentro de los carriles marcadas. I thanked Mr. Officer and immediately felt my deceased father’s presence. Dad always said if you couldn’t see on a dark and foggy road, just follow the white lines on the right. Thanks, Dad.

PROBLEM SOLVED

A public defender appeared and negotiated a plea for the fellow. He’d spend Thanksgiving with his family and the court released him later that afternoon. I thanked the nice ladies behind the counter, then climbed back into my Elantra to wend the way down Route 39 to New Philadelphia. More arraignments before Thanksgiving vacation begins. I took note of the “fog lines” on serpentine hills that almost turned back on themselves. In Ohio fog lines means marked lanes.

*Fog lines: (also in Ohio called “marked lanes” where a driver doesn’t keep within the lines.)

https://www.riddelllaw.com/marked-lanes-violation/

 

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2015 CCIO CONFERENCE SEPTEMBER 19, 2015

26 Aug

2015 CCIO

UNITING TO STRENGTHEN THE PROFESSION

CCIO will host “Uniting to Strengthen the Profession: Fostering Connections, Empowering Interpreters, Celebrating the Profession”, a day of training and networking for language professionals on Saturday, September 19 in Uniontown, Ohio. Join us for legal and medical seminars with instructors in Arabic, ASL, Serbian/Croation/Bosnian and others. The preliminary agenda appears soon at http://www.ccio.org. We invite interpreters, translators, language agencies and all who support our profession. Click on the link below for more information. See you there.

CCIO Conference 2015 Flyer

I THINK I KNOW WHAT THE WORD IS

14 Jun

HOW CAN I BE SURE? (with apologies to the Young Rascals)
Thank God for smart phones. I didn’t prepare ahead of time for a maternal fetal medicine appointment. What with an early arrival and fifteen minutes to spare, Ms. iPhone 5s proved my hunch right that the literal translation for “birth defect” works, but better to consult a trusted source. This interpreter guy remembered defecto de nacimiento from the previous appointment so why not use the same term again?

A SIMPLE PROCESS
I tried to recall particulars from before. What was the pregnancy-related complication and why did Mrs. Belaunde need a second ultrasound? My first search with defectos de nacimiento brought up http://www.nacersano.marchofdimes.org and confirmed my guess. Then a wander through MedlinePlus with defectos del feto produced anomalía de nacimiento (congenital) and uncertainty http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/. What’s the difference between a defect and an anomaly? I secretly liked anomalia de nacimiento more purely for the sound.

defect: shortcoming, imperfection or lack: genetic defects
anomaly: something that deviates from what is standard, normal, or expected: there are a number of anomalies in the present system

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PROBLEM SOLVED
There it was. Baby Belaunde’s head circumference measured less than the average size for a fetus of XXX months with the last exam. Mama Belaunde anxiously awaited the results and The Interpreter Guy knew how to say “birth defect” properly and without missing a beat. Have any of my fellow interpreters researched to use the correct term and then, the word didn’t come up in the interpreting session? Me, too. No mention of “birth defect” from either the neonatal specialist or the nurse practitioner. Darn. How many times a day do you use a term, determined that it’s OK, yet a little voice coos, “I don’t think you know all the words!”

OUR BHUTANESE COLLEAGUE BLOSSOMS AND SERVES

31 Aug

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HE GIVES BACK TO THE COMMUNITY

The CCHI newsletter recently featured my friend and colleague Damber Subba who serves as a CoreCHI Nepali interpreter at Akron Children’s Hospital http://www.akronchildrens.org. Damber’s journey began from the far reaches of Bhutan and continued after an extended stay at the Beldangi II refugee camp in Nepal. Through study and determination he settled in Akron, Ohio with a career in medical interpreting. According to Damber “it’s impossible to go far in the interpreting profession without certification.”  Read Damber’s story and learn more about the Core Healthcare Interpreter examination for interpreters of all languages at the link below.

http://app.greenrope.com/v.pl?69c7119c18481999780b675626d591168f5540733d021ae5

CONTEXT, CONTEXT, CONTEXT

13 Mar

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I-PAD, DON’T FAIL ME NOW

Recently my colleague Natasha Curtis hired me to work on the Spanish Team at Akron Children’s Hospital. During yesterday’s one-month well baby visit a concerned mother asked about tests performed on her newborn. She explained how the nurse pricked her little one’s heel and drew blood right after she was born. “No sé cómo se dice en este país sino en México es prueba de tamiz.” I froze. What in heaven’s name is a “prueba de tamiz”? Instead of focusing on the context, I drilled in on the word, grabbed Miss I-Pad and searched Pwww.proz com, and an online dictionary. Tamiz is a sieve. Sieve test in the birthing suite? Luckily after interpreting what mother said Lady Pediatrician assured mother all tests for baby Angelina turned out normal. I felt foolish for not knowing the exact word.

THANKS, LIZ

After the appointment I sent a text to my fellow interpreter. Liz informed me that “newborn screening” works where all babies go through tests at birth to screen for thyroid, developmental or genetic problems. She uses “prueba de detección” which makes sense as the doctor needs to detect if something is wrong. In my quest to seamlessly interpret the proper word, I erred by not thinking the word through. A sieve filters so wouldn’t a “prueba de tamiz” serve the same purpose? Ever the perfectionist (I don’t suggest this path for anyone) I found the following link from the CDC that confirmed Liz’s suggestion.

http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/pediatricgenetics/newborn_screening.html

Once again this seasoned interpreter learns to just think over the words and focus on the context. I change my egotistical thinking that “Oh, I know all the words” to “OK, what does what Mrs. Suarez said mean?”

CCIO THANKS YOU

24 Oct
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COMMUNITY AND COURT INTERPRETERS OF OHIO FLOURISHES

Take a moment to read news on events sponsored by CCIO http://www.ccio.org. Join us at an event in your region soon.

Dear friends and colleagues,

Greetings from Community and Court Interpreters of Ohio (CCIO).   Thank you for your help making our recent conference “Building Bridges” a success.  It was great to be in the midst of so many other interpreters who want to advance the profession.  We appreciate your participation and feedback, and look forward to providing many more learning opportunities. 

 

Please visit CCIO.org, join our open Facebook group ‘The New CCIO, and keep in touch with members in your region to find out about events and opportunities throughout the state.  Here are some of our upcoming regional events:

 

Central Region

Thursday, Oct. 24th:         Get-together want volunteers for subcommittee that will share resources to pass the Court Certification 1st the written portion – 6 pm at Shish Kebab Restaurant 1450 Bethel Rd. Columbus
Saturday, Nov. 16th:        Roundtable on Mental Health -Is S/He Competent to Stand in Trial? Dr. John Tilley & Chris Boyd – 10 am-1 pm

 

North Region

 

Thursday, Nov. 14th:         Simultaneous Workshop:  Panera Bread19705 Center Ridge Rd. Rocky River, OH 44116

 

Saturday, Jan. 25th:          Presenter: Olga Shostachuk, M.A., Russian Translation, TESL PhD Candidate in Translation Studies, Kent State University Forms of relief in immigration law and the role of translation in the immigration process.

 

Southwest Region

 

Saturday, Nov. 2nd:       Southwest Region Meeting  – Jade Buffet, 11499 Princeton Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45246, 11am. (lunch buffet is $7.25 + tax)

Sunday, Nov. 10th:          2pm – 5pm – Southwest Region Volunteering Opportunity:  CCIO Spanish interpreters needed to interpret during a EXPO LATINO 2013 –  Contact Kevin M. (mkcinti@gmail.com513.623.3861) for more details.

 

As we continue to strengthen the profession of interpreting in and around Ohio we will count on your continued input and support. 

 

Respectfully,
The CCIO Board of Officers

INTERPRET OR NO?

23 Oct

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Rarely do I have the chance to watch other interpreters in court. Ours can be a profession of solitude. How do I know when I’m doing something wrong or right? The following situation invites comment on how to approach a colleague when perhaps another approach would work better.

WHO INSTRUCTS WHOM TO DO WHAT

Last month a court called me to give testimony and a LEP defendant appeared. The judge took great pains to voir dire the interpreter and asked for her credentials in open court. The interpreter clearly qualified and rattled off her experience. She did not turn to the defendant and interpret what she said. Madame Your Honor gently asked if she would interpret the same for the non-English speaker beside her. I don’t remember how the interpreter responded, but she did not interpret her last rendering before the judge to the defendant. From the bench another remark: “Would you please interpret that for Mrs. XXX?”. The interpreter complied and continued to interpret everything.

ASSURE LINGUISTIC PRESENCE

Here’s my question. Was the interpreter obligated to interpret when the judge queried her experience and qualifications? Instinctively I interpret the moment the record begins that includes “This is case no. XXX … and present in the courtroom is Interpretress Olga Nazdrova … and now I’ll take the interpreter’s oath.” Overkill or simply fulfill my role? I’d like to know how to approach the interpreter diplomatically. Thanks for your insight.