We at Translators USA pride ourselves to offer the highest quality interpreting services but we also pride ourselves to offer professional advice on anything related to interpreting. We help our clients understand their options and the best solutions for their specific needs and requirements as well as approaches to interpreting that should be avoided. In this blog article, we will focus on the latter, more specifically on why family members and friends fail as interpreters.

What's Wrong with Using Bi/Multilingual Family Members and Friends as Interpreters?


Most people have used their bi/multilingual family members and friends on many occasions to help them break the language barrier, for example order from foreign-language menus, ask for direction of a hotel or local attraction, etc. However, there is a big difference between using family members and friends as interpreters in informal situations requiring translation of a few simple sentences and in settings such as hospitals, federal/local government agencies, police stations, legal institutions, etc. Why? Because an eventual misinterpretation can be much more serious than having a bad dinner or making the wrong turn and get lost. This is because interpreting requires much more than just knowing the language.

Family members and friends most often fail as interpreters for the following reasons:

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