Increasing diversity in the United States has brought an increase in the number of languages spoken in communities. The 2000 U.S. Census indicated that nearly 18% of the population speaks a language other than English. In many communities, particularly immigrant communities, individuals lack proficiency in English to communicate successfully and conduct the business of their everyday lives. Consequently, interpreters are used to translate meaning from the native language into English and vice versa. These interpreters may be trained professionals, laypeople, friends, adult family members, or children and adolescents.

Selecting an Interpreter

In most circumstances, a professional interpreter can provide the best and most accurate interpretation of meaning in the two languages. Professionals know that their role is to translate neutrally, without adding to or subtracting from the ...

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