What is interpreting?

Interpreting is an activity that consists of establishing oral or manual communication between two or more speakers who are not speaking (or signing) the same language.

The role of the interpreter is to help establish direct communication between the professional (e.g., social worker, healthcare professional, lawyer) and the person with limited English proficiency (LEP).

For the communication to be truly direct, the interpreter serves strictly as a communication conduit, always interpreting in the first person.

Interpreters strive to render all messages in their entirety accurately, as faithfully as possible and to the best of their ability without addition, distortion, omission or embellishment of the meaning.