The inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris was a spectacular virtual event. Like all inaugurations, news coverage was watched by millions around the world. The event took place on January 20th at noon at the United States Capitol. Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga and Garth Brooks were among the artists who performed.
Because the Inauguration had limited physical public access due to COVID-19, many watched from the comfort of their own homes. Many translators were hired to provide transcription and interpretation services for news channels that covered the historic event. Continue reading for more information on live and virtual translation for the 2021 presidential inauguration.
At the presidential inauguration, there were American Sign Language interpreters for those who are deaf and hard of hearing. The Biden Inaugural website made a statement regarding accessibility. Here are some of the ways that the event was made accessible for all ability types:
- Live closed captioning
- Streamtext captioning
- Certified Deaf Interpreters
- Audio description
Which News Sources Translated the Presidential Inauguration?
Many viewers tuned in from all across the United States and around the world. Because of this, translation and transcription services were needed so that everyone could follow along. Take a look at where viewers were able to find broadcasting and news stories in their native language:
- Spanish: CNN en Español, DW German News and BBC World News
- Chinese: Vietnam Times, DW German News and BBC World News
- Ukranian: BBC World News
- French: France24 and BBC World News
- German: DW German News
- Hindi: Aajtak, DW German News and BBC World News
- Arabic: DW German News and BBC World News
- Portugeuse: DW German News and BBC World News
- Bengali: Bengali News 18, DW German News and BBC World News
- Russian: Vietnam Times, DW German News and BBC World News
- Japanese: NHK World Japan and BBC World News
- Korean: Korea Herald and BBC World News
- Telugu: BBC World News
- Marathi: Lokmat and BBC World News
- Turkish: BBC World News
- Tamil: One India Tamil and BBC World News
- Vietnamese: Vietnam Times and BBC World News
- Urdu: DAWN News and BBC World News
While the inauguration may not have been broadcasted live in many different languages, international news sources have written news stories about the event and will follow up with translated coverage. Qualified translators have worked hard to write these news stories and translate the event live.
Professionals who are looking to become qualified as a government translator or interpreter are often required to complete these steps:
- Earn a bachelors or masters degree in translation or language
- Fluency in a second language
- Three-test series with the U.S. Department of State (for U.S.-based interpreters)
- Certifications for specific language requirements
There may be other qualifications for someone applying to a government translator job. For agencies or companies looking for government translation services, Translators USA offers all kinds of translation, interpretation and transcription services. Here are some of the services that Translators USA offers:
- Document translation
- Live interpretation
- Transcription services
Translators USA provides these services for medical, legal, technical, corporate and website applications. We are proud to support the important work of international communication. If you are looking for a government translator or live event translator, contact us.