How can I become a sign language interpreter?
I heard from a friend whose parents are deaf that there is a lot of demand for sign language interpreters. I've been trying to find a career that I would enjoy where it wouldn't take too long to get the necessary education and that wouldn't be too difficult to get into. My friend says that you only need to get an associates degree and pass a certification test to be an interpreter. Is that true? Would it be relatively easy to start getting jobs with pay people to do your homework after finishing school?Other possibly relevant information After this semester I will have finished my first 3 general education classes history, math, and English . I live in California.To those saying you will need a BA degree starting in 2012, do you need a BA in sign language or communications or something, or will any BA do?
Wouldn't actors make great sign language interpreters, and vice versa(could sign terps be great actors)? At least for ASL American Sign Language, you have to be very physical and lots of facial expression which is part of the grammar. Just wonder what others think if they have any knowledge and homework help answers of interpreting in any language. A good interpreter needs to " put on" both parties personality as best they can, getting the correct affect is important to convey the whole message including their attitude lack there of and their personality. Be fluent in a language FAST
Language learning has always been my passion.
I can speak 7 different languages. Actually I am fully fluent in 4. When I say fully fluent that means that I can speak, write and read these languages at the same level than my native language. Someone is fluent in a language when you can write it, speak it, understand it, read it at almost the same degree than your native language.
The best way to learn a new language is through immersion.
Learn how to listen to someone. When I first came in America, I could read, write, speak a little English but I couldn't understand the English spoken by some Americans.
I have been taught the British English, even it was the same language, I couldn't understand because the accent is different.
So, I had to learn first, to be familiar with the different types of accents and the TV helped me a lot. Beside the language itself, the accent may be an obstacle that you can overcome by training your ears.It was the same for Spanish. I have been taught the Spanish from Spain. So I did some adjustments with my ears in order to understand the Mexican accent. Now, I can interact very easily with Mexicans. So I exposed my ears to the different types of accents. It's very important to expose and train your ears to the foreign accent and your brain will do the rest for you. The keyword is exposure.
Reading will improve your vocabulary and your writing skills, talking and listening will train your ears and improve your pronunciation, grammar etc ... The more you practice and the more you will master it. Because it's the way that the brain works. It's like learning a sport or riding a bicycle ... the brain needs to be trained and stimulated to something new and once he gets it things become very easier.
My 3years son is bilingual (French / English) ... he didn't have to go to college for that ... his brain can make the difference between the 2 languages, he understands both ... because he has been immersed since he was born and the brain did the rest.Immersion is the keyword. You need to find a way to immerse yourself in this language. Talk talk and talk. Knowledge is something but your knowledge will not benefit you if you don't apply it. I don't believe that using software, CDs or DVDs is the best way to speed your learning process ... Interact with native speakers is the only great tool to speed your learning process when it's about learning a new language. Interaction is another keyword.
Talk, listen to the radio and T.V in the language you want to learn, to train your ears and force your brain to be familiar with this language, interact with natives and force yourself to speak only these language even if it's easier for you to speak your native language. According to studydaddy you can be immersed in a culture but if you don't interact with the people, you won't learn nothing. My sister lived during three years in an English and french spoken country, she can't speak English now (my 2 years old son is much better than her) because French was an option so she chose the easier way, she didn't make any effort to communicate in English. Immersion is something. But immersion is not enough, you must interact. And your brain will adjust .. It's a brain stuff and the human brain is wonderful.